Beginning on April 22, 2010, federal law requires contractors that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Ask to see your contractor’s certification.
This new federal law, known as the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, also requires that homeowners and tenants receive certain information before work begins in housing, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 for:
For homeowners and tenants: renovators must give you this pamphlet before starting work.
For child care facilities, including preschools and kindergarten classrooms, and the families of children under the age of six that attend those facilities: renovators must provide a copy of this pamphlet to child-care facilities and general renovation information to families whose children attend those facilities.
The booklet that must be given is called Renovate Right.
More information about the new rules can be found at the U.S. EPA website, <www.epa.gov/lead>.