Lead

Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rules

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EPA’s 2008 Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule (as amended in 2010 and 2011), aims to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities. These activities can create hazardous lead dust when surfaces with lead paint, even from many decades ago, are disturbed. The rule requires workers to be certified and trained in the use of lead-safe work practices, and requires renovation, repair, and painting firms to be EPA-certified. These requirements became fully effective April 22, 2010.

Read EPA's regulations on residential property renovation at 40 CFR 745, Subpart E.

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2008 Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

Overview

  • Title: Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (April 22, 2008)
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  • Current phase: Final Rule Published

Does this regulation apply to me?

Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and kindergartens built before 1978 must be EPA- or state-certified and must use certified renovators who follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. This includes in-house maintenance staff and many types of outside contractors. In order to become certified renovators, individuals must take training from an EPA-accredited training provider. In order for a firm to be certified, an application (PDF)  must be submitted to EPA.

How do I comply?

Timeline

History of the regulation

2008 Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (April 22, 2008)

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Additional background information on the development of this proposal: EPA has held public meetings to discuss this rulemaking. Transcripts of these meetings include:

2009 Minor Amendments (July 15, 2009)

  • Title: Lead; Minor Amendments to the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (July 15, 2009)
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  • Current phase: Final Rule Published

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2010 Amendment: Opt-Out (May 6, 2010)

  • Title: Lead; Amendment to the Opt-Out and Recordkeeping Provisions in the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (May 6, 2010)
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  • Current phase: Final Rule Published

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2011 Amendment: Clearance (July 15, 2011)

  • Title: Lead; Clearance and Clearance Testing Requirements for the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (July 15, 2011)
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  • Current phase: Final Rule Published

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2009 Fee Rule

Overview

  • Title: Lead; Fees for Accreditation of Training Programs and Certification of Lead-based Paint Activities and Renovation Contractors (March 20, 2009)
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  • Current phase: Final Rule Published

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RRP for Public and Commercial Buildings Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Overview

  • Title: ANPR for Public and Commercial Buildings (May 6, 2010).
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  • Current phase: Pre-Proposal
  • Title: Framework for Identifying and Evaluating Lead-Based Paint Hazards from Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings (May 2014) -- Describes a tailored approach for identifying and evaluating potential hazards created by renovations of public and commercial buildings. Read the Federal Register announcement and the Approach.
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  • Current phase: Pre-Proposal
  • Title: Approach for Estimating Exposures and Incremental Health Effects from Lead Due to Renovation Repair and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings (August 2014) -- Describes in detail the modeling methodology that can be used to estimate the amount of lead in the environment, in people’s bodies and health effects related to exposure to lead-based paint as a result of renovation, repair and painting activities.
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  • Current phase: Pre-Proposal

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