Effective April 22, federal law requires renovation, repair and painting contractors to earn lead certification and use lead-safe work practices. Lead-safe practices include posting warning signs and establishing barriers around the work area.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, "Signs should be in the primary language of the occupants and should say 'Do Not Enter - Authorized Personnel Only' and 'No Eating, Drinking, or Smoking'."
NOTE: Contractors and training providers working in Wisconsin, Iowa or North Carolina must contact the state to find out more about training and certification requirements.
- View the new EPA rules here.
- Visit EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting page.
- Read about lead-safe work practices for contractors in the EPA pamphlet, "Contractors: Lead Safety During Renovation"
- Read about how to comply with EPA's rule in the EPA Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right
- View construction signs, including lead warnings, at ComplianceSigns.com