Lead

Renovation, Repair and Painting Program: Operators of Childcare Facilities

The EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule requires that renovations of child-occupied facilities be carried out only by Lead-Safe Certified renovation firms, using certified renovators trained in lead-safe work practices. This is to ensure that these renovations do not inadvertently contaminate your facility and expose children to hazardous lead dust.

  • Do you or your employees conduct renovation, repair, or painting activities in a pre-1978 child-occupied facility?
    • If yes, then you must become a Lead-Safe Certified firm and your employees who conduct renovation, repair, or painting activities must become trained and certified renovators.
    • If no, then hire only a Lead-Safe Certified firm for building maintenance, renovation, repair, or painting activities that could disturb lead-based paint. Make sure your building's contractor is lead-safe certified by asking to see proof. Firms certified by EPA are provided a certificate and an identification number; ask to see it. Find a Lead-Safe Certified firm.
  • Read more about RRP for Child-Care Providers.

"Child-occupied facilities" (i.e., a building, or a portion of a building, constructed prior to 1978 and visited regularly by the same child, such as schools, child care facilities and hospitals) are likely to contain lead-based paint. EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule provides important protections for you and your facility, and also requires that you take certain actions to protect children in your care.