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New EPA rules on renovations, repair and painting impacts many

Editor's note: The following information was provided by the Vikingland Builders Association.

The New EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule 40 CFR Part 745, Part II, Lead will affect building owners, property managers, contractors including painters, renovators, plumbers, electricians, handymen/women, specialty contractors and maintenance persons at schools, multi-housing complexes, and homeowners of pre-1978 homes.

While lead hazard reduction activities have been used since the late 1980s, new technology has found the even low levels of exposure may lead to adverse health effects.

The new Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule will go into effect April 22, 2010. Under the rule, firms must have one or more "certified renovators" assigned to renovation jobs where lead-based paint is disturbed.

The term renovation covers all activities done for compensation that disturb painted surfaces including most repair, remodeling and maintenance activities, such as window replacement, weatherization and demolition.

The RRP rule applies to all renovation work performed in residential houses, apartments and child occupied facilities such as schools and day-care centers.

Lead based paint activity in target properties includes, but is not limited to, any disturbance of lead-coated surface of six square feet or more inside, 20 square feet or more outside or window/door replacement.

All renovation workers must be trained. Renovation workers can be trained on-the-job by a certified renovator to use lead safe work practices, or they can become certified renovators themselves.

If you are planning on doing any remodeling in your home or building that pre-dates 1978, be sure to confirm that the company doing the work will have a certified renovator overseeing the job.

For more information on the RRP Rule, go to

If you would like information on how to become a certified renovator, contact the Vikingland Builders Association at (320) 763-3301 or e-mail