Tuesday, July 31, 2018

RRP Rule: Registering as a Lead-Safe Firm With EPA

The EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule requires proper training on lead-safe practices, as well as a Lead-Safe certification for your business. In a previous post, we covered the steps that Lead Renovators must complete for their business certification if they work in EPA-Authorized states, or states with their own individual lead programs.

Today, we will cover the process for businesses that work in EPA-Controlled states, which include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming.

If you work in: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, or Wisconsin, view the special state registration requirements.

For the EPA-enforced states, an application is required to register your company as a Lead-Safe Firm to perform RRP work. This firm certification is required even if you are a sole-proprietor! The application can be completed before or after you or your employees attend the Lead Renovator course, so we recommend submitting it as soon as possible to avoid delays on the job site. 

To complete the Firm Registration, visit the EPA's firm certification page (http://www.epa.gov/lead/getcertified). The firm registration costs $300, and you will be prompted to pay EPA directly online as part of the registration.

When you click on the "apply now" button, you'll be brought to a search page. Complete the search form even though you haven't registered your company yet - you'll be prompted to start a new application at the end of the page.

Note: You can skip the "certificate number" field on this page

At the bottom of the search results you will find the New Application Link:

EPA's website will ask you to verify which registration you want. For RRP work, select New Renovation Firm for $300:

You will be directed to the EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX). Through this portal, you'll create an account and complete your registration:

After you complete the registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Your Firm Registration Certificate will also be delivered via e-mail, typically within a few weeks. The certificate will have your company's name on it, as opposed to your RRP certification certificate which has your individual name or your employee's name on it.

The Firm Registration is valid for 5 years. To renew a Firm Registration, contractors can simply re-apply online using the Search function.  Not having the Firm Certification is one of the most common EPA enforcement actions, so register you company today to comply with the RRP rule requirements and avoid excessive fines.

To register for a lead renovation class, visit Zack Academy. We offer the the most comprehensive online schedule for RRP initial and refresher classes, with easy registration.

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