THE RENOVATION, REPAIR AND PAINTING RULE
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.
On April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Until that time, HUD and EPA recommend that anyone performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools follow lead-safe work practices.
There are some differences between the EPA RRP Rule and the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR). A major difference is that the LSHR requires clearance examinations. All housing receiving federal assistance must still comply with the LSHR. OHHLHC provides Information on complying with the LSHR and RRP.
Common cleaning, remediation, renovation and painting operations such cutting, sanding, and partial or total surface demolition may create hazardous lead dust and lead contaminated waste chips if these activities disturb lead-based paint. The lead dust produced can be harmful to both children and adults. Pregnant women are at significant risk. The US Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) has now mandated lead safe work practices.
Under the EPA-sponsored federal law, and beginning April 22, 2010, contractors who perform renovation, repair and painting (RRP) operations that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be EPA Lead-Safe Certified. These contractors must utilize specific lead-safe work practices in order to prevent the spread of lead dust laden contamination. The firms and the supervisors in charge of these jobsites must be EPA Lead-Safe Certified.
The US EPA requires that firms that perform any renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by the EPA. Furthermore, these firms must be staffed with supervisors by who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work procedures. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must register and certify the supervisors and the firms who employ them. The lead-safe procedures relate to dust containment within the work area, minimization of dust particle generation, and thorough clean-up in a prescribed manner. There are specific rules that must be followed and descriptions of sites to which these rules apply.
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