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EPA Requirements

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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. To protect against this risk, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, 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.

 Information for Contractors

There are two steps. If you work outside of Massachusetts Your firm must become a Registered Firm with the EPA. All supervisors must then take the Renovate Repair Painting training to become a Certified Renovator. Understand that federal law requires you to be certified and to use lead-safe work practices. To become a Registered Firm, conntractors must submit an application and fee to EPA.

To become a Registered Firm, here's a link:

As a contractor, you play an important role in helping to prevent lead exposure. Ordinary renovation and maintenance activities can create dust that contains lead. By following the lead-safe work practices, you can prevent lead hazards. Contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting jobs in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities must, before beginning work, provide owners, tenants, and child-care facilities with a copy of EPA's lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF)

Contractors who perform renovation, repairs, and painting jobs should also:

Information for Property Owners of Rental Housing, Child-Occupied Facilites

Property owners who renovate, repair, or prepare surfaces for painting in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must, before beginning work, provide tenants with a copy of EPA's Renovate Right pamphlet. Owners of these rental properties must document compliance with this requirement.

Property owners who perform these projects in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must be certified and follow the lead-safe work practices required by EPA's Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. To become certified, property owners must submit an application for firm certification (PDF) and fee to EPA. The Agency has up to 90 days after receiving a complete request for certification to approve or disapprove the application. Read more about EPA's rules and lead-safe work practices in EPA's pamphlet Small Entity Compliance Guide color, in English | color, en espaņol (PDF)

Property owners who perform renovation, repairs, and painting jobs in rental property should also: