New Lead Paint Renovation Rules Require Strict Precautions For Homes Built Before 1978

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Under the new federal Lead Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), most home improvement projects on homes build before 1978 will require certified lead paint removal contractors to follow strict lead paint removal precautions. To comply with the new regulation, those working on older sites will need to invest in lead-testing kits, plastic sheeting, respirators, protective clothing and other lead-safety materials. These rules will really impact Massachusetts because its housing stock is much older than other states’. Home improvement costs will no doubt rise due to the new rules.

The threshold for the new rules is whether the home improvement project will disturb more than 6 interior square feet of paint or 20 exterior square feet of paint. This extremely low threshold will cover virtually any home improvement project involving cutting into any wall or ceiling.

The only way to avoid taking the extra precautions is to have a certified inspector (which may be the contractor) perform an EPA endorsed lead paint test which results in a negative result.

The rules went in effect on April 22, 2010,and cover paid renovators who work in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, including:

  • Renovation contractors
  • Maintenance workers in multi-family housing
  • Painters and other specialty trades.

The new rules require that the contractor performing the work be certified with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The certification process involves taking a day long training session on lead paint removal safety best practices.

Nothing in the new regulations requires owners to evaluate existing properties for lead or to have existing lead removed.


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Rian @LeadCheck

Hybrivet Systems of Natick, MA provides the only EPA-recognized test kit in the country--the LeadCheck. We are in the business of protecting both home owners, children, and contractors from the dangers of lead-poisoning. LeadChecks are inexpensive, easy to use, reliable, and above all extremely accurate.

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Or if you are a contractor looking for updates on the RRP Rule or EPA Compliance, visit our blog:

Jul 13, 2010 02:02 AM #1
Marcia Kramarz
Re/Max Executive Realty - Medway, MA

QUite a few people (consumers) are unaware of this new law.  THe more we raise awareness, the better!

Aug 02, 2010 09:01 AM #2
Tina Gleisner
Home Tips for Women - Portsmouth, NH
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I'm just updating a few articles I wrote earlier about lead paint & new rules. Had to make sure my memory was correct on 6 sq ft inside, 20 sq ft outside ... and yes, rules apply to all replacement windows as when you add up the linear ft X trim on 3 sides of the window, the exposure is there.

Have you seen any problems so far?

Oct 11, 2010 03:39 AM #3
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

The lead law in Massachusetts is not widely understood. Many owners tell agents not to show their homes to families. Some agents even think they can have a tenant sign a waiver.

Dec 26, 2011 06:01 AM #4
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

It is ironic that the government often mandated the use of lead paint in VA they want to penalize the folks who own these homes.

Dec 26, 2011 06:56 AM #5
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Does this pertain to lead paint encapsulation too?

Dec 27, 2011 08:18 AM #6
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