1. Who is covered by the new Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule?
    The Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule applies to all firms and individuals who are paid to perform renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb paint in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities.  This includes home improvement contractors, maintenance workers, painters and other specialty trades.  People who install windows, renovate kitchens, sand floors, install vinyl siding and perform other renovation work will benefit from this course.
  2. What is the EPA/RRP Rule?
    The new EPA/RRP Rule states that beginning April 22, 2010 all contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified as lead-safe firms. These contractors must follow certain safe work practices to prevent lead contamination.  In order to become certified the contractor needs to take an RRP/EPA course by an accredited training provider.
  3. What is a Division of Occupation Safety (DOS) Lead Safe Renovator?
    In Massachusetts the Division of Occupational Safety (DOS) decided to run the EPA/RRP training and enforcement.  This went into effect July 2010.  Therefore, in order to work safely in Massachusetts you will take the Lead Safe Renovator class, pass the exam and then register your firm with Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety instead of registering with the EPA. 
  4. Which states has the EPA authorized to run their own programs?
    EPA has the authority to authorize states, tribes and territories to administer their own RRP program that would operate in lieu of the EPA regulations. When a state, tribe or territory becomes authorized, contractors and training providers working in these areas and consumers living there should contact the appropriate state, tribal or territorial program office. Currently the following states have been authorized by EPA: Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, Rhode Island, Utah, Oregon and Massachusetts.
  5. How long does the class take?
    a. Lead Safe Renovator Supervisor Initial Class: 8 hours
    b. Lead Safe Renovator Supervisor Refresher Class: 4 hours
    c. Moderate Risk Add-On: 4 hours
  6. How long is my certification good for?
    Five years
  7. Are there any additional costs I should be aware of?
    In addition to your class fee you will be required to register your firm with the Division of Occupational Safety for a fee of $375. You may also need to purchase personal protective equipment, safety gear, and recordkeeping materials.
  8. What are lead safe work practices?
    Contractors using lead safe work practices must follow these three procedures.
    1. Contain the work area
    2. Minimize the dust
    3. Clean up thoroughly
  9. What are some of the health effects of lead in children? 
    Lead is especially dangerous to children under six years of age. Lead can affect children's brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ and learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. Even children who appear healthy can have dangerous levels of lead in their bodies.  
  10. What is the most significant source of childhood lead exposure in a residence?
    The scientific literature suggests that nationally lead-contaminated paint dust is the most significant source of childhood lead exposure.  Lead dust comes from deteriorating lead-based paint and lead-contaminated soil that gets tracked into your home. This dust may accumulate to unsafe levels. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can also create hazardous lead dust. People, especially children, can swallow lead dust as they eat, play, and do other normal hand-to-mouth activities. 
  11. What is the purpose of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule?
    The purpose of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule is to minimize exposure from lead-based paint dust during renovation, repair, or painting activities. This is a key efffort in reducing the prevalence of childhood lead poisoning, particularly lead poisoning caused by housing contaminated by renovation activities. This will also minimize exposure to older children and adults who are also adversely impacted by lead-based paint dust exposure.  Lead paint was used in more than 38 million homes prior to its ban for residential use in 1978. This paint can form toxic dust when it is disturbed during normal home repair work. EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program is designed to reduce lead contamination by training contractors in relatively simple lead-safe work practices, and certifying contractors to make sure that they follow lead-safe work practices. We also want consumers to choose firms that are certified. Given that lead poisoning can cause a wide range of physical, intellectual, emotional, and behavioral issues with societal and financial impacts, this program is prevention-based, cost-effective, and a long-term bargain. 

"FAQs." US Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 14 Nov. 2010. <http://www.epa.gov/>.