Federal Law Requires Homes Built Before 1978 to Be Tested for Lead Paint Before Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP)
Lead paint peels in a characteristic 'scaling' way.
Lead used to be a key ingredient in house paint before it was found to be to toxic, especially to children under the age of 6. Lead paint use in home construction was banned by federal law in 1978. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.
Lead paint peels in a characteristic 'scaling' way. This, however, is not the test to determine if your home has lead paint in it.
To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. It requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Individuals can become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider.
HWC is EPA-Certified
The rule affects paid renovators who work in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, including: