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New lead rules affect pre-1978 homes

EPA safety certification required for fix-up work

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Many houses, apartments and other buildings that were built prior to 1978 may have paint in them that contains lead. Lead-based paint can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly, especially for children and pregnant women. If you live in a home that was built prior to 1978, or if you're thinking of buying or renovating one, this is certainly an issue that you need to be aware of. On April 22, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put a new rule into effect that's designed to help focus the efforts of consumers and contractors to protect against the potential health hazards of lead-based paint. Called the Lead Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), the new rule affects contractors and subcontractors who work on older homes. Under the RRP rule, all renovation and repair contractors working in pre-1978 homes, schools, and day care centers who disrupt more than 6 square feet of lead paint are required to become EPA-certified in lead-safe ...