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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.



Metal Roofing Contractors: Follow EPA Guidelines…Or Else!

Recently, Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least 9 states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) federal Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) went into effect in 2010.

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It’s a wake up call for metal roofing contractors, who often come into contact with lead paint during home remodeling.

When integrating a new metal roof on a home built prior to 1978, contractors may have to cut into fascia boards or dormers.  If your installation will require you to disturb more than twenty square feet of painted surface, it is the roofing contractor’s responsibility to notify the homeowner of the lead abatement process.

Most minor repair and maintenance activities that involve less than twenty square feet on exterior projects are exempt from the work practice requirements.  Failure to comply with these requirements is considered a violation of the law and could cost you up to $37,500 per violation, per day.

Approximately three-quarters of the homes built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint.  It may be on any surface, but is most commonly found on exterior-painted surfaces, interior woodwork, doors and windows.  Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips.  This federal law makes remodelers, siding and window replacement, and roofing contractors the enforcement agents for addressing this problem.

For more information please visit the EPA site here.