US EPA Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rules What are the RRP Rules?

What are the RRP Rules?

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has adopted rules for contractors performing work that disturbs lead-based paint. The rules, known as the RRP rules, apply to renovation, repair, painting or any other activity that disturbs painted surfaces. These rules require that contractors performing work in housing built before 1978 or in child-occupied facilities (schools or day care centers) be certified by the EPA. All employees performing this work must be trained in lead-safe work practices through completion of an EPA-accredited course. And the contractors must distribute a lead pamphlet before starting work. The rules exempt work that will disturb six square feet or less of paint per room in the building’s interior or 20 square feet of painted surface or less on the exterior. Work in buildings that have been tested and found to be free of lead-based paint is also exempt.

We have begun to get questions now because the requirement for contractors to be certified becomes effective on April 22, 2010, two years after the date of adoption of the rules.

Who is responsible for enforcement of these rules?

States may apply to the US EPA for authorization to administer this program. The EPA is the enforcement agency in states that do not apply for authorization. New Jersey has not applied. This means that the EPA is the enforcement agency for the RRP rules in New Jersey.

As stated above, enforcement rests with the EPA. This information has been provided to you so that you are aware of the new EPA requirements and are able to respond to questions from homeowners or contractors. If anyone has further questions or would like additional information, you may direct them to the EPA website or the Division website.

Amy Fenwick Frank
Division of Codes and Standards

Construction Code Communicator,Volume 22, Number 1, Spring 2010 (208k PDF)