Lead-Based Paint in Washington State 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.

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

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

Lead abatement is an activity designed to reduce or eliminate lead-based paint hazards. The Lead-Based Paint Abatement Program governs individuals who perform lead-based abatement, supervision of abatement, inspection, or risk assessment. These certifications are required mainly to determine if there is lead-based paint or lead hazards present in pre-1978 residential homes or pre-1978 child-occupied facilities, or when investigating elevated blood lead levels in children, or for government-funded housing projects.