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Lead-safe Surface Preparation – What’s the Reality?

Does proper Lead-safe surface preparation really matter?

Yes, it’s critically important to the safety and health of your family. Following RRP mandated required safe work practices is critically important bot only for homeowners but for residential property managers and child care facility owners and managers.

What’s involved.


“Consumer paint has not contained lead in decades – however anyone working in an older home or building (built before 1978) may encounter lead-based paint. While lead-based paint does not present a hazard when intact (i.e. not chipping, peeling, cracking of otherwise disturbed), if you are contemplating a typical renovation and remodeling project know that it can disturb the painted surface and create lead dust. Special attention should be given when you prepare any old painted surface for repainting. Never use open burning methods, for example, and if you scrape, sand, or remove old paint by any means you may release lead dust or debris. LEAD IS TOXIC and exposure to lead can cause serious illness, such as brain damage, especially in children. Pregnant women should also avoid exposure.”   – From the National Paint and Coating Association (NCPA)

EPA Rule Became Active in 2010

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) will become fully effective and enforcable on April 22, 2010. The RRP Rule applies to all renovation activities performed for compensation in pre-1978 housing. Companies which perform such activities must become “Certified Renovation Firms” and individuals within these firms must be “Certified Renovators”. These entities are to ensure Lead-safe Surface Preparation, lead-safe work practices standards are followed and records kepts. EPA enforcement provision has authority to seek civil fines of $37,500 per offense for failure to comply.

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