What is Lead Safe/RRP

The Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule is a federal and state regulatory program affecting anyone who disturbs painted surfaces in homes or child-occupied facilities build before 1978.

Who does it apply to?

Any contractor, including renovators, electricians, HVAC specialists, plumbers, painters, and maintenance staff, who disrupt more than 6 square feet of lead paint in pre-1978 homes, schools, daycare centers and other places where children spend time.

Why should I care?

  1. To avoid the risk of government fines and liability. Without using a certified contractor to test for and remove lead-based paint; you and your company could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines and be subject to lawsuits.
  2. To protect your workers, yourself, and your clients. Dust from lead-based paint can quickly contaminate an entire home and cause irreversible damage to children and adults.

When do I have to comply with the RRP rules?

If your job is disturbing more than 6 square feet of painted surfaces in a home or child-occupied facility built before 1978, you must have all surfaces tested for lead-based paint. Our certified firm can conduct this testing and give you immediate results.

What if lead-based paint is found?

If lead is discovered, all components must be removed by a Lead-Safe Certified Firm under the RRP Rules. This includes providing education material to the owners and occupants, removing and disposing of the lead-based paint under applicable regulations, and keeping proper documentation.

What is excluded from the RRP rule?

There are several exclusions to the rule. If you are working in any of the following, even if a pre-1978 building, you do not need to follow RRP rules:

  • The works consist of disturbing less than 6 square feet of interior or 20 square feet of exterior pained surfaces. NOTE: This does not include window replacement. All window replacements are subject to the rule.
  • The housing has been determined to be free of lead-based paint by a certified inspector or renovator.
  • The housing is a zero bedroom dwelling such as a studio apartment or dormitory.
  • The housing is for elderly or disabled and no children under 6 reside or are expected to reside there.