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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