The Environmental Protection Agency has instituted a new requirement for contractors who perform work on buildings constructed before 1978 to reduce exposure to lead paint. All contractors performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb paint in homes, childcare facilities, and schools before built before 1978 must be certified in the new EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) and follow specific work practices to reduce human exposure to lead paint by April 22, 2010. All contractors must be trained certified by April 22, 2010. Landlords, property manager, and their employees are responsible for ensuring compliance with the rule. To locate an EPA-accredited training provider, visit the EPA’s Get Lead Safe website at or contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-425-5323.

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