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Lead-Based Paint Program and Certification


Since 1996, contractors have been required by a memorandum of understanding between HUD and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under Title X of federal regulations to provide their customers with information on lead paint hazards.  In 1999, HUD issued a new regulation, which after two extensions, became effective August 10, 2001, to protect residents in federally funded housing against lead-based paint hazards.  This new regulation requires all federally funded housing under construction or rehabilitation to pass strict lead clearance limitations.  Contractors, including carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and any other tradesmen who would disturb lead paint while performing repairs or renovation, are required to be trained to perform safe work practices to protect residents at the job site, and the contractors’ own families from contamination.


The EPA has issued new lead paint regulations that went into effect April 22, 2010.   These regulations state that 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 and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.   The first step in the certification process is to attend a Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) training class taught by an EPA certified training provider.  If you already have the Lead Safe Work Practices certification, you will only need to take a half day refresher class.  This regulation’s certification is mandatory for all Snow Belt contractors.


 There is an immediate need in Northern New York for trained contractors involved in construction and rehabilitation of federally-funded housing units serving low-income households.  More information about the RRP class can be found at