Builderz Blog – EPA Regulations


EPA regulationsAs of April 22, 2010, firms working in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities must be “CERTIFIED” and use lead-safe work practices during renovations. This is known as the “RENOVATION, REPAIR AND PAINTING RULE” OR “RRP”. There are certain exclusions: if the renovation only affects components that do not contain lead-based paint, the rule does not apply to renovation of any of these components. Interior work disturbing less than 6 square feet per room of painted surface is exempt from the requirements in the Rule, however even one replacement window or any demotion triggers the Rule. Exterior work disturbing less than 20 square feet per side of painted surface is exempt from the work practices requirements of the Rule, again replacement windows and any demolition trigger the Rule. Work performed within a thirty day period must be considered the same job when determining the amount of paint disturbed.

The Certified Firm is responsible to ensure overall compliance with the RRP Rule, that all renovation personnel are Certified Renovators or have been trained on-the-job by Certified Renovators, assign a Certified Renovator to all jobs, meet pre-renovation education requirements and meet record keeping requirements. All records are required to be kept for a minimum of 3 years.

A warning to the wise, the penalties for a firm not in compliance are hefty: $ 32,500 per violation, or imprisonment, or both. Make sure that your renovator, remodeler, painter or replacement window firm is E.P.A. CERTIFIED. You will be doing yourself and your contractor a great favor.


Anthony P. LaPuma

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