EPA Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) Program

The EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule (RRP) is a federal regulatory program aimed at protecting children against the hazards associated with disturbing lead-based paint during renovation, repair and painting activities. This program calls for workers to be trained by an EPA Accredited Training Provider to use lead-safe work practices and requires companies to be EPA-certified and became effective April 22, 2010. The rule applies to renovations performed for compensation in pre-1978 residential housing and/or child-occupied facilities. Child occupied facilities are defined as any pre-1978 residential, commercial or public facility where children under the age of 6 are regularly present, (i.e. elementary schools, day care centers, pediatric hospital wards, etc). Under the rule there are other obligations that Certified Firms must perform. The rule also requires that consumers be given an EPA publication on lead-safe work practices, entitled "Renovate Right."

The rule covers any person who performs renovation for compensation, including: Construction and renovation contractors, Window replacement contractors, Electricians, Plumbers, Painters, and other specialty contractors, Property managers and their staff, Handymen and the rule also applies to Landlords who perform repairs themselves (rent is considered to be compensation). Homeowners doing work on their personal residence are not covered by the rule.

To learn about the RRP go to www.epa.gov/getleadsafe.

Additional information on lead is also available at www.epa.gov/lead or from the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD.