In 1998, EPA issued a Pre-Renovation Education Rule requiring contractors and workers to distribute EPA’s lead information pamphlet, Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home.
What does this mean for the property owner?
The Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program is a federal regulatory
program affecting general contractors, window companies, painters, property managers, and others who disturb painted surfaces. Hiring a contractor that is RRP Certified ensures you have trained professionals who will adhere to lead-safe work practices to keep your home as safe as possible
In general, any activity that disturbs paint in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities,
• Remodeling and repair/maintenance
• Electrical work
• Window replacement
Why Is Lead Paint Dangerous?
Lead gets into the body when it is swallowed or inhaled. People,
especially children, can swallow lead dust as they eat, play, and do
other normal hand-to-mouth activities. People may also breathe in
lead dust or fumes if they disturb lead-based paint. People who
sand, scrape, burn, brush, blast or otherwise disturb lead-based
paint risk unsafe exposure to lead.
Educate yourself on the EPA requirements for lead-based paint containment in your neighborhood. It is better to be safe than sorry.