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Lead Safe Work Practices. Renovate, Repair and Painting (RRP)  If you are a homeowner performing renovation, repair, or painting work in your own home,

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1 Lead Safe Work Practices

2 Renovate, Repair and Painting (RRP)  If you are a homeowner performing renovation, repair, or painting work in your own home, EPA's RRP rule does not cover your project.  If you are a homeowner HIRING a contractor, they must be must be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices.  You have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of your family or children in your care.  If you are living in a pre-1978 home and planning to do painting or repairs, please read a copy of EPA's Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF) lead hazard information pamphletRenovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF)

3 Follow Lead Safe Work Practices There are four components of safe work practices: 1. Occupant Protection 2. Worksite Preparation and Containment 3. Prohibited Methods 4. Worksite Cleanup

4 1. Occupant Protection Appropriate actions must be taken to protect occupants from lead-based paint hazards associated with Lead Hazard Reduction, paint stabilization, maintenance, or rehabilitation activities.  Occupants may not enter the worksite during Lead Hazard Reduction activities.  Occupants must be temporarily relocated to a suitable unit that is decent, safe, and sanitary and free of lead-based paint hazards during Lead Hazard Reduction activity. There are circumstances when occupant relocation is not required.circumstances when occupant relocation is not required  Property owners must protect occupants' belongings from lead contamination by relocating, covering or sealing them, and securing the worksite against entry during non-work hours.

5 2. Worksite Preparation and Containment The worksite must be prepared to prevent the release of leaded dust and debris.  Use practices to minimize the spread of lead dust, paint chips, soil, and debris.  Place warning signs at each entry where Lead Hazard Reduction activities are conducted when occupants are present. The signs are required at the main and secondary entrance to a building, and at exterior worksites signs must be readable from 20 feet.

6 3. Prohibited Methods There are some methods that may not be used at any time to remove paint that is or may be lead-based paint.  Open flame burning or torching.  Machine sanding/grinding without containment (i.e. HEPA).  Abrasive blasting or sandblasting without HEPA local exhaust control.  Heat guns operating above 1100 degrees F  Dry sanding or dry scraping.  Paint stripping in poorly ventilated space using a volatile stripper that is a hazardous substance.

7 4. Worksite Cleanup  Worksite cleanup removes dust and debris from the work area.  Good cleanup is critical to passing clearance and leaving the unit safe for habitation.clearance  Worksite cleanup must be done using methods, products and devices that are successful in cleaning lead- contaminated dust, such as vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters and household or lead-specific detergents.

8 EPA Requirements  EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices.  Individuals can become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider.  For additional information, log on the to the EPA website

9 Report Unsafe Lead Work Practices San Mateo County Environmental Health Services Division 2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, Suite 100 San Mateo, Ca (650)


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