Lead-Based Paint in Washington State Homes

As of Dec. 29, 2020, NOW Environmental's training accreditation has been suspended. Training Certificates issued by NOW for RRP cannot be honored by Commerce until further notice. As of Jan. 29, 2021, EnviroEd's Washington training accreditation has been suspended. Training certificates issued by EnviroEd for Washington for RRP cannot be honored by Commerce until further notice. Please contact Cynthia Sanderson at (360) 725-2941 or cynthia.sanderson@commerce.wa.gov for questions regarding this matter.

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, 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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Need help?

Compliance and Enforcement, Training Accreditation:

Statewide Senior Compliance and Enforcement Officer
Jennifer Caraway
Jennifer.Caraway@commerce.wa.gov
509.220.0058

Compliance and Enforcement Officer
Jane Lunbeck
Jane.Lunbeck@commerce.wa.gov
360.764.9000

Certifications:

Dano Summers
Dano.Summers@commerce.wa.gov
360.259.5215
360.725.5088

Program Manager:

Cynthia Sanderson
Cynthia.Sanderson@commerce.wa.gov
360.725.2941