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EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule

EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule, enacted in April 2010. Relating to homeowners, contractors and property owners/managers.

EPA Lead-Safe Certification ProgramThis new federal law requires that renovation contractors and/or maintenance personnel who will be disturbing six square feet of interior paint or twenty square feet of exterior paint in pre-1978 housing, child care facilities and schools, must either assume lead-based paint (LBP) is present and must be EPA certified as a lead-safe renovator, utilize lead-safe work practices, and notify tenants/homeowners of the potential risks of lead paint in renovation by giving out the RRP pamphlet. In lieu of assuming LBP is present, paint may also be tested for lead prior to renovation.

Homeowners and contractors

By now all renovation contractors should be aware of this and either treat all pre-1978 paint as LBP or test the paint themselves with EPA certified swab test kits that are readily available at most paint stores, the only problem with this is the added cost and liability. When assuming LBP is present you have the added cost of preparing containment around work areas, extensive cleaning procedures, and conducting a self “clearance test”. Also, when testing with the swab kits you must test each individual layer of paint to be disturbed, not to mention the added stress of having to retain files for 3 years and the risk EPA auditing with potential fines up to $37,500 per day!

This is where Protech steps in. Here are a couple different options:

  1. Protech can supply a state certified LBP inspector to promptly test painted surfaces that may get disturbed prior to renovations with an X-Ray Florescence analyzer (for a fee of $125 - $200) and supply a detailed report. If the results are negative for LBP, this can save both the contractor and homeowner time and money.
  2. If a contractor or homeowner wants to assume there is LBP present, or if testing comes back positive, Protech is also an EPA lead-safe contractor (look for yourself) and can be subbed out by the renovation contractor or hired directly by the homeowner to deal with the areas of concern, taking away liability from the contractor and giving the homeowner piece of mind that it was done correctly.

Property owners and managers

Property managers have a variety of issues to deal with, lead paint most likely being on the bottom of that list, instead of sweeping it under the rug and hoping nothing will come of it, let Protech take care of it. Protech can offer a solution to your lead paint woes.

Instead of treating every simple drywall repair as if it’s a lead paint emergency, Protech can test the entire property before any problems arise to determine where, if any, LBP is present.

Protech can conduct an LBP inspection on single or multi-family properties by a state certified LBP inspector, if no LBP is found on the property, it can be considered LBP-free, exempting it from federal requirements relating to LBP disclosure in leased housing, as well as, RRP requirements when conducting renovations. If LBP is identified on the property, the owner/manager will know exactly where it is for future renovations. In addition, abatement of identified LBP may also be feasible, making the property LBP-free.


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