On April 22, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP), which requires remodelers working in homes built before 1978 to follow work practices designed to minimize the exposure of residents to lead hazards. The LRRP rule is designed to protect pregnant women and children under 6 from toxic lead exposure by requiring contractors to complete an eight-hour training course outlining lead-safe work practices that contain and minimize lead dust. Those who complete the course must supervise the renovation of pre-1978 homes, and the contracting firm must be a certified firm with the EPA. If your home was built before 1978, there are steps you can take to protect your family from the dangers of lead poisoning.
Be cautious of anyone who is disregarding the rule by using un-safe lead work practices. For those choosing to do the work on their own, please visit the EPA site for more information about lead-safe work practices that will minimize lead exposure.