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The EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule is in Full Effect

Oct 15, 2010 12:00 PM

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The EPA has mandated that by Oct. 1, 2010, all professionals working in pre-1978 homes will need to comply with EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule. Noncompliance with this ruling could cost your company penalties of up to $37,500 per violation per day. Can your company afford not to be certified?

Types of work covered by the rule include:

  • Renovating, repairing, or painting that disturbs more than 6 square feet on an interior wall or 20 square feet on an exterior wall
  • Replacing doors and windows.

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CEDIA is offering a two-part Certified Lead Renovator course in cooperation with the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and other EPA-accredited training providers. Part one, available conveniently online, focuses on how to handle lead-based paint dust, understanding the health problems associated with disturbing lead-based paint, and how to properly dispose of lead-based paint waste. The online course is a prerequisite for the second lab portion and certification exam.CEDIA will host the second hands-on lab portion at ADI locations across the country. Visit to find training near you. This part of the Certified Lead Renovator course will help participants apply the skills learned in part one. Participants will also learn the proper documentation process to confirm accurate work practices and learn how keep renovators safe and reduce liability in a lead-based paint environment.

To become a Certified Lead Renovator, individuals must score a minimum of 80 percent on the written exam provided at the end of part two. The exam is designed to determine participants' ability to effectively manage a renovation project and comply with the new rules. Businesses must complete the EPA application to become to become a certified firm.

To register for the online training or to learn more about how the EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule affects your business, visit

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