As of October 1, the EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) addressing the presence and removal of lead-based paint in target housing and child-occupied facilities reached its date of enforcement. The EPA regulation requires the use of a Certified Renovator (CR) and the incorporation of lead safe work practices in most pre-1978 residences and child-occupied properties beginning on or after April 22, 2010, and with an enforcement date of October 1, 2010.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association ( NKBA) is one of many organizations that will be impacted by this recent industry legislation. NKBA presidentMark L. Karas, CMKBD, CR recommended, “that all remodeling contractors make time for the 8-hour EPA course and become a Certified Renovator (CR).”

Firms and contractors performing work in target housing or child-occupied facilities must be certified and implement lead-safe work practices during renovation, adhering to the following requirements:
  • Firm must be certified
  • Renovators must be certified through training
  • Non-certified workers must work under and be trained by a Certified Renovator
  • Training providers must be accredited
  • Lead-safe work practices incorporated during renovations
  • Pre-renovation education in target housing and child-occupied facilities

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