The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a new rule affecting individuals who perform renovations, repairs, or painting on private homes and commercial structures built prior to 1978. The rule, called the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP), is designed to train property owners, contractors, renovators, painters, maintenance personnel, and any other workers removing or modifying painted surfaces in pre-1978 housing on how to comply with the EPA’s RRP and HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Rule. The rule requires each individual performing RRP work to be certified.
While lead paint was banned in 1978 for residential use, many home and buildings built before 1978 may still contain lead-based paint. The EPA can impose fine of up to $37,500 for failure to complete this training prior to RRP work.
EPA Training – Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP)
This EPA accredited course was developed by the U.S. EPA in collaboration with the U.S Department of Housing an Urban Development (HUD), to train renovation, repair, and painting contractors and individuals on how to comply with the EPA’s RRP and HUD’s Lead Safe Housing rule. This course is taught by accredited trainers and is presented through the National Center for Health Housing (NCHH).
The CDA does not directly provide any RRP courses, but there are excellent organizations in the area that offer these courese, and others:
Sustainable Resources Center, Inc.
1081 Tenth Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
University of Minnesota: School of Public Health
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
For more understanding on this requirement and any others, we suggest reviewing the website for the National Center for Healthy Housing at http://www.nchh.org