Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New EPA Inspection Manual for the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule

Lead Renovator

The EPA has published a new Inspection Manual for the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, which highlights regulatory definitions, pre-renovation requirements, training and certification, workplace standards, record keeping, and more.

This information is vital for painters and contractors to understand what the EPA will look for when auditing qualifying RRP jobs. 

The document can be used as a project guide to make sure all work practices and record-keeping requirements are being followed.

Remember, the RRP Rule requires all renovators to do the following:
  • Firms must be certified via an online application at epa.gov/lead to perform renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in target housing (most pre-1978 homes), and pre-1978 “child occupied facilities” such as child care facilities and schools. This includes sole-proprietors!
  • At least one Certified Renovator must be supervising the project, who was trained by an EPA accredited training provider.
  • Renovators and workers must use lead-safe work practices. 
  • Renovation firms must document that they have distributed information to owners, occupants, parents, and guardians whenever performing work covered by the RRP Rule.


To make sure you hit all the check points above and remain compliant with the RRP rule, consider purchasing the Lead-Safe RRP Project Binder - a record-keeping tool designed around an actual EPA audit. The RRP Project Binder contains all of the documentation forms and instructions on how to complete them to make sure your paperwork is in order.

Learn more about the RRP rule and comply with the EPA training requirements by attending a Lead Renovator Initial or Lead Renovator Refresher courses.

Don't have enough time available to read the whole EPA manual? Check out some of the pages we put together below to summarize the RRP Inspection Manual:

RRP (Renovation, Repair, and Painting) vs. Lead Paint Abatement


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