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EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Law

Attention Consumers:

Home repairs that create even a small amount of lead dust are enough to harm your child. To protect your family, if you live in a house or apartment that was built before 1978, make sure you hire a contractor who is Lead-Safe Certified.

To find a Lead-Safe Certified Contractor in your area, visit or call 800-424-LEAD.

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To report firms and renovators that are not following lead-safe work practices, you may:

Attention Renovators:

If you are working in homes, schools or daycare centers built pre-1978, you must be EPA Lead-Safe Certified.


Federal law requires any contractor ,including renovators, electricians, HVAC specialists, plumbers, painters, maintenance staff and others that disturb painted surfaces in homes, childcare facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 be certified and follow lead-safe work practices.


EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule requires those performing routine renovation activities which disturbs more than six square feet of lead paint inside or twenty square feet of lead paint outside a pre-1978 home, school, day care center and other places where children spend time be certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.


Complete and submit an application which certifies your firm for five years by going here:

An 8 hour course will certify your renovators for five years. To find an accredited trainer in your area go here:


  • Avoid risk of governmental fines and civil liability
  • Protect your workers, yourself, and your customers from a health risk
  • Gain competitive advantage

For more information please visit

For useful materials for certified firms visit:

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