Lead-Based Paint in Washington Homes

Lead-Based Paint Programs

The Department of Commerce regulates certification, accreditation, enforcement and compliance for firms and individuals who must use lead-safe work practices when working on pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities.

Commerce administers two programs related to lead-based paint: the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program and the Lead-Based Paint Abatement (LBP) program.

Are you, or do you want to become a certified renovator?

Do you want to certify your company as an RRP firm to be able to perform lead-based paint activities?

If you receive compensation to perform work on any residential property or child-occupied facility built before 1978, then you must be an RRP Certified Renovator with a firm certification, or you must work for a certified firm.

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Are you, or do you want to become a lead-based paint worker, supervisor, inspector, or risk assessor?

Do you want to certify your company as a lead-based paint activities firm?

Lead-based paint activities are activities designed to reduce or eliminate lead-based paint hazards. The Lead-Based Paint Activities Program governs individuals who perform lead-based abatement, abatement supervision, lead-based paint inspections, or lead-based paint risk assessments. These certifications are required when homeowners want a lead-based paint inspection, risk assessment when investigating elevated blood lead levels in children, when lead-based hazards exist and need to be permanently eliminated, or for government-funded housing projects.

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To offer work on pre-1978 residential or child-occupied facilities, the firm needs to be certified by the State of Washington Department of Commerce Lead Paint Program. Part of the application process for firm certification requires at least one certified individual associated with that company.

Training is a required step in becoming certified, whether it is for renovation, repair and painting (RRP) activities (e.g., remodels, renovations, restorations, asbestos abatement, painting, repairs, etc.) or lead-based paint activities (e.g., lead abatement, inspections, risk assessments).

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