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January 18, 2012

EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Update

On July 15, 2011, The EPA issued a final rule (now in effect) amending provisions of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule:


  • Certified renovators can collect a paint chipRenovation lead caution sign sample and send it to a recognized laboratory for analysis.
  • Vertical containment or equivalent extra precautions are required on exterior renovations occurring within 10 feet of the property line.
  • Additional clarifications were made to the prohibited or restricted work practice provisions and the requirements for high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuums.
Minor changes were also made to the training program accreditation application process; Standards for e-learning in accredited training programs; Minimum enforcement provisions for authorized state and tribal renovation programs; and Training and certification requirements for renovators.

Since April 2010, federal law has required 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'.

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