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Starting in April 2010, federal law will require that all professionals who are hired to renovate, repair, or paint homes, child care facilities, or schools built before 1978 be certified in lead-safe work practices. The change is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) new Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. The EPA's new rule requires that renovators be trained by accredited centers in lead-safe work practices, and renovators and renovation firms must be certified as capable of working safely with lead-based paint.
Training for Lead-Safe Workers
Contractors and other professionals who work with paint in buildings built before 1978 will need to show that they have taken a training course and received a certificate in lead-safe working practices. The EPA provides a list of...