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Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program


The purpose of the Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) is to minimize exposure from lead-based paint dust during renovation, repair, or painting activities. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and interior demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. Firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools, must be certified by the Department of Commerce and use certified renovators who are trained by an approved training provider to follow lead-safe work practices.

Becoming a certified individual and certified firm

Firms can become certified by sending an application to the Department of Commerce for a fee of $25.

Individuals can become certified renovators and/or dust sampling technicians by completing the appropriate eight-hour training course from an approved training provider. Activities that each renovator discipline may perform:

  • Renovator: either performs or directs workers who perform renovations.
  • Dust Sampling Technician: optional dust clearance sampling for renovation activities.

Information for homeowners working at home

If you are a homeowner performing renovation, repair, or painting work in your own home, the RRP does not cover your project. However, you have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of your family or children in your care. If you are living in a pre-1978 home and planning to do painting or repairs, please read a copy of EPA's Renovate Right (PDF) lead hazard information pamphlet (10 pages, 7.0MB). 

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