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1 Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Overview of Final Rule March 11, 2010

2 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 2 The Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) On March 31, 2008, EPA issued a final rule under the authority of § 402(c)(3) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to address lead-based paint hazards created by renovation, repair, and painting activities that disturb lead-based paint. Delegable program. Lawsuit settlement.

3 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 3 Where does it apply? Applies to renovations of: – Target housing. – Child occupied facilities. Excludes: – Renovations that affect only components determined to be free of lead-based paint. – Activities that disturb under 6 ft 2 interior or 20 ft 2 exterior (this excludes window replacement, demolition, and projects involving prohibited practices). – Work done by individuals in housing they own and occupy. Opt out: – Owners may choose to opt out of the rule requirements if they meet the following criteria: they occupy the housing to be renovated, the housing is not a child-occupied facility, and no child under age 6 or pregnant woman lives there.

4 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 4 What does it require? Changes to pre-renovation education. Effective Now! Accreditation of training providers. Began in April ’09. Certification of firms, renovators, and dust sampling technicians. Began in October ’09. Work practice standards. Effective April ’10.

5 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 5 Pre-Renovation Education Changes New brochure “Renovate Right.” – “Protect Your Family” brochure is not being retired. It will still be used for real estate disclosure, and general outreach.

6 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 6 Pre-Renovation Education Changes Adds requirements for child occupied facilities (COF). Before renovating a firm must: – Provide “Renovate Right” to building owner and adult representative. – Provide information about the renovation to parents & guardians of children under age 6 using facility by mail, hand-delivery or informational signs. Change to requirements in common areas of target housing. – Firms may post informational signs in lieu of delivering information directly to each dwelling. Informational signs must: – Be posted where they will be seen. – Describe nature, locations, and dates of renovation. – Be accompanied by “Renovate Right” or info on how to get a free copy.

7 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 7 Accreditation of Training Providers Trainers must be accredited to provide renovator or sampling technician training, to become accredited they must submit an application and fee to EPA. Must be re-accredited every 4 years. EPA developed model renovation training. Training providers must notify EPA of individuals who complete training.

8 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 8 Certification of Firms To be certified to perform renovation or dust sampling firms must submit an application and fee to EPA. Certifications are good for 5 years.

9 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 9 Certification of Renovators and Sampling Technicians Must take 8-hour accredited training course. – Individuals with certain previous training can take a 4-hour accredited refresher course. – Course certificate serves as certification (no application to EPA required). Refresher training is required every 5 years.

10 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 10 Work Practice Standards Firm Responsibilities Ensure all individuals performing renovation activities are appropriately trained. A certified renovator is assigned to each renovation. All renovations are performed in accordance with the lead-safe work practice standards. Comply with pre-renovation education requirements prior to starting the work. Ensure the recordkeeping requirements are met.

11 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 11 Work Practice Standards Renovator Responsibilities Perform or direct work to ensuring the work practices are followed. Be physically present at the work site: – When warning signs are posted, while containment is established, and during final work area cleaning. – Be available, either on-site or by telephone, at all other times. Provide on the job training to uncertified workers. When requested, use a test kit to determine if LBP is not present. Perform cleaning verification. Prepare required records.

12 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 12 Work Practice Standards General Post signs defining the work area. Certain practices are prohibited: – open-flame burning or torching. – operating a heat gun above 1100°F. – machines that remove lead-based paint through high speed operation such as sanding, grinding, power planing, needle gun, abrasive blasting, or sandblasting, unless used with HEPA exhaust control. Ensure that all personnel, tools, and other items including waste are free of dust and debris when leaving the work area. Waste must be sealed in bags or plastic sheeting. Dispose of waste in accordance with Federal, State, and Local requirements.

13 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 13 Work Practice Standards Interiors Remove or cover all objects from the work area. Close and cover all ducts in the work area. Close all windows, and cover all doors in the work area. Cover the floor surface of the work area with plastic sheeting.

14 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 14 Work Practice Standards Exteriors Close all doors and windows within 20 feet of the renovation. Cover the ground with plastic sheeting extending out from the edge of the structure a sufficient distance to collect falling paint debris.

15 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 15 Work Practice Standards Cleaning Pick up paint chips and debris. Remove all protective sheeting. Clean all objects and surfaces in and around the work area. – Clean walls with a HEPA-equipped vacuum or with a damp cloth. – HEPA vacuum all remaining surfaces and objects in the work area. – Wipe all remaining surfaces in the work area with a damp cloth. – Mop uncarpeted floors.

16 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 16 Cleaning Verification Wipe floors, countertops, and windowsills with wet cleaning cloth. If the cloth does not match the verification card, re-clean that surface and then re-wipe with a wet cleaning cloth. If this cloth does not match the cleaning verification card, allow the surface to dry completely and wipe with a dry cleaning cloth. Note: Laboratory dust sampling is an option where the contract or another Federal, State, or local regulation requires dust sampling by a certified professional and requires the renovation firm to clean the work area until it passes clearance.

17 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 17 Recordkeeping and Enforcement Documents demonstrating compliance with the rule must be retained for 3 years following the completion of a renovation. – Pamphlet acknowledgment forms, owner opt-out forms, and documentation of work practices. EPA may suspend, revoke, or modify a firm’s certification if firm is found to be in non- compliance. Non-compliant contractors may be subject to civil and criminal penalties up to $37,500 for each violation, imprisonment, or both.

18 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 18 State/Tribal Program Authorization RRP is a delegable program. Programs must be at least “as protective as” EPA requirements, and have “adequate enforcement.” Reciprocity will be encouraged. On October 20 th, Wisconsin became the first state authorized to administer and enforce an RRP program.

19 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 19 Important Dates April 2009: – EPA began administering the program in unauthorized states. – Training providers began applying for accreditation. October 2009: – Renovation firms began applying for certification. April 2010: – Renovation firms must be certified. – Renovators and dust sampling technicians must be certified. – Work practices must be followed.

20 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 20 RRP Lawsuit Settlement EPA recently settled a lawsuit with several public interest groups. In the settlement the Agency agreed to propose to: – By October 2009 (final rule by April 2010) Eliminate the opt out. Require the renovator provide post renovation information to the homeowner. – By April 2010 (final rule by July 2011) Require work area testing, and the elimination of lead hazards when certain tasks are undertaken. – Expand the scope of the rule to include public and commercial buildings within the next 6 years.

21 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 21 Need for Large Marketing Campaign for Lead People need to know that lead poisoning can happen to them, not just other people We need to emphasize that lead poisons children We must motivate people to take action to prevent lead poisoning of children

22 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 22 Outreach Vehicles Specialty and Critical Audiences Parents & Do-It-Yourselfers African American & Hispanic Communities Landlords Property Managers Hardware Stores, Schools, Daycares Healthcare Professionals States, Tribes, Federal Government Training Firms Contractors and Firms Ad Council Create overall awareness of lead hazards and poisoning prevention, including potential renovation hazards Marketing Firm Will take Ad Council message and tailor to specific audiences General Audiences General Public Pregnant Women Renovators Renters

23 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 23 Messages for Outreach Messages – Lead is still a health problem – Children can be poisoned by lead dust from improperly conducted renovations – Encourage use of certified contractors for renovations

24 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 24 Current Marketing Projects Tool Box Retail Chains (Home Depot, Lowes) Trade Unions/Associations Trade Print PSAs (Ads for trade publications) State and City Licensing Agencies Web Site Enhancements

25 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 25 Information Resources National Lead Information Center (NLIC) Contact NLIC with questions, to receive a general information packet, or to order documents. – By Phone: call and speak with a specialist Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm eastern time (except federal holidays) at 1(800) 424-LEAD. – On the web at Use the online form to send your comments and questions. Use our online document request to order documents electronically.

26 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 26 Information Resources Lead Website

27 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 27 Information Resources Renovator Toolbox Follow link from the lead home page to find: – Application and instructions for firm certification. – Sample forms. – Helpful publications.

28 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 28 Information Resources Compliance Guide Handbook for contractors, property managers, and maintenance personnel working in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978. Contains detailed information and flow charts outlining the RRP requirements.

29 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 29 Information Resources Steps Brochure A guide to lead-safe renovation, repair and painting. Covers basic lead-safe practices. Can be used as a training guide for on-the-job training.

30 January 2010RRP Final Rule - Overview 30 Thank You for Your Time! Wallace Reid Team Leader – Asbestos & Lead Programs U.S. EPA Region 10 - Seattle 206-553-6389

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