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As of April 22, 2010, a new EPA law is in effect.  This law will affect homeowners and contractors. 
 The RRP Rule
Addresses activities that disturb lead-based paint in target housing and child-occupied facilities.  It requires:
  • Renovators to be certified through training.
  • Firms to be certified
  • Training providers to be accredited.
  • Lead-safe work practices during renovations.
  • Pre-renovation education in target housing and child-occupied facilities.

On or after April 22, 2010, firms working in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities must be certified and use lead-safe work practices during renovations.

EPA may authorize states, territories and tribes to enforce the rule.

Dale Powell has become a certified renovator and Northwest Handyman is currently in the process of becoming a certified firm.  This new law will affect plumbers, electricians, painters, window installers and nearly any contractor who, through the course of performing work, disturbs interior or exterior surfaces of pre-1978 houses.  Prior to work being performed, testing for lead is done.  If lead is found to be in any surface or sublayer of paint, all work practices related to the job will include containing any possible lead from escaping the job area. 

For more information regarding this law you can obtain a copy of the regulations by contacting the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD or download the rules and other information from

Please contact Dale at 253-921-3737 or if you have any questions regarding your job.



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