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Lead

Lead Abatement Program: Training and Certification Program for Lead-based Paint Activities (TSCA sections 402/404)

EPA’s Lead Abatement Program regulations provide a framework for lead abatement, risk assessment, and inspections. Those performing these services are required to be trained and certified by EPA or an authorized State. Training providers must be accredited and teach approved curricula. States may, upon approval, receive authorization to carry out their own program in lieu of the federal program.

Overview

Does this regulation apply to me?

This regulation ensures that individuals conducting lead-based paint abatement, risk assessment, or inspection are properly trained and certified, that training programs are accredited, and that these activities are conducted according to reliable, effective and safe work practice standards.

How do I comply?

Read about what steps you can take to apply for certification, find a training course, become an accredited trainer, and more.

Timeline

The federal program became fully effective on March 1, 2000.

Get the Basics

Fact Sheet - EPA Releases Final Rule to Ensure Safe Conduct of Lead-Based Paint Activities (PDF)

Get Involved

To find a certified lead abatement contractor, risk assessor, or lead inspector in your area, or to report a suspected violation of EPA’s lead abatement rules, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323)

History of the Regulation

Regulatory impact analysis (PDF) (253 pp, 1.1MB, About PDF), August 1996 -- analyzes the costs, benefits, and impacts of sections 402a and 404 of TSCA, Title IV.

Related Rules

Final Rule: Lead; Notification Requirements for Lead-based Paint Abatement Activities and Training - 4/8/2004 (PDF) (8 pp, 78K, About PDF)

Amendment to Final Rule: Lead; Requirements for Lead-Based Paint Activities in Target Housing and Child-Occupied Facilities; Certification Requirement and Work Practice Standards for Individuals and Firms (8/6/99)

Final Rule: Lead; Fees for Accreditation of Training Programs and Certification of Lead-based Paint Activities Contractors (6/9/99)

Proposed Rules and Other Notices

Proposed Rule: Lead; Notification Requirements for Lead-based Paint Abatement Activities and Training - 1/22/2001 (PDF) (10 pp, 450K, About PDF)

Withdrawal of Final Rule: Lead; Fees for Accreditation of Training Programs and Certification of Lead-based Paint Activities Contractors (10/16/98)

Final Rule: Lead; Fees for Accreditation of Training Programs and Certification of Lead-based Paint Activities Contractors (9/2/98)

Proposed Rule: Lead; Fees for Accreditation of Training Programs and Certification of Lead-based Paint Activities Contractors (9/2/98)

Proposed Rule - Lead; Requirements for Lead-Based Paint Activities (9/2/94)

Information: Press Releases, Fact Sheets, Q/As, etc.

Q/A's - Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) reports on portable technologies for measuring lead in dust

Fact Sheet - The National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP)

Fees for Existing Lead-Based Paint Activities Program

Policy and Guidance

Authorization status of states and tribes (PDF)

Information on the certification/accreditation process

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