RRP – In A Nutshell
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has instituted a series of new requirements for renovation, repair and painting contractors.
On (new date) January 1, 2011, firms working in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities must be certified and use lead-safe work practices during renovations. The penalty for noncompliance is $37,000 per day, per violation and possible jail time.
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
Contractors and sub-contractors receiving payment for any lead-related renovation must be both a Certified Firm (complete Certified Firm application linked below and send with fee to EPA. Takes 60-90 days for approval) and a Certified Renovator (complete 8-hour training course). Both are valid for a period of 5 years after which re-certification is required.
NECESSARY AND HELPFUL DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCE LINKS:
- Official EPA Website For Lead-Containment Guidelines
- EPA DOCUMENTS FOR EACH JOB
- EPA EDUCATIONAL PUBLICATIONS FOR CONTRACTORS
- AMERICAN WINDOW AND DOOR INSTITUTE INFO
Role of a Certified Firm
- Ensure overall compliance with the RRP Rule
- Ensure 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
- Meet record keeping requirements
- Accept contract for Lead Containment Work under RRP Rule
Role of a Certified Renovator
- Perform lead-safe work as described in the RRP Rule
- Train all non-certified workers in lead-safe practices
- Provide onsite and regular direction for all non-certified workers during setup and cleanup
- Are available by phone when not physically present at the work site during work
- Maintain onsite proof of certification as a certified renovator and training records for all non-certified renovation workers
- Be a certified firm if accepting payment for contract
- If they are a sub, not an employee of the firm, they also must be a certified firm