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EPA Lead Certification Requirements

Lead paint is serious business.  The EPA lead certification and licensing requirements went into effect on April 22, 2010.  Failure to comply with EPA certification requirements WILL result in fines of up to $37,500 per day that you are working in the field on a qualifying project.  Metal Roofing Contractors should be aware of places where they may encounter lead on the jobsite.

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The EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule is intended to protect children and pregnant women from lead-based paint.  Contractors working in homes built before 1978, the year lead paint was banned, must be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices.  New lead certification is required for any and all renovation activities that disturb more than 6 square feet on interior or 20 square feet of exterior lead paint in residential or child-occupied facilities.

Lead abatement is an activity designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. Abatement is sometimes ordered by a state or local government, and can involve specialized techniques not typical of most residential contractors.


The RRP Rule involves pre-renovation and work practice requirements in addition to the firm and individual certification.  Contractors must distribute a lead pamphlet from the EPA describing the hazards of lead before starting renovation work.  The pamphlet, Lead Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right, must be distributed and the contractor must keep records of the homeowner receiving the information.

For more information about the RRP Rule and its requirements, please visit:  www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm#requirements.