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EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Requirements

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

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  • Work area surfaces and objects must be cleaned using a HEPA vacuum and/or wet cloths or mops (interiors).
  • Walls must be cleaned starting at the ceiling and working down to the floor by either vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum or wiping with a damp cloth.
  • Remaining surfaces and objects in the work area, including furniture and fixtures, must be thoroughly cleaned with a HEPA vacuum.
  • The HEPA vacuum must be equipped with a beater bar when vacuuming carpets and rugs. Contractors that do no comply with these regulations face fines up to $37,500. Violations occur if a contractor is not EPA certified; is not using the proper EPA approved lead abatement methods or equipment such as HEPA vacuums with with beater bar power heads for cleaning lead dust from floors and carpeting; are not capturing dust in bags or disposing of bags properly.
Further information about the EPA RRP ruling is available at

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