Renovation Program Overview

The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule establishes requirements for firms and individuals performing renovations, and affects contractors, property managers, and others who disturb painted surfaces.  It applies to work in houses, apartments, and child-occupied facilities (such as schools and day-care centers) built before 1978.  It includes pre-renovation education requirements as well as training, firm certification, and work practice requirements. 


For DIY Home Owners:

Although the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule does not apply to homeowners renovating, repairing, or painting their own homes, do-it-yourself projects can easily create dangerous lead dust. Protect your family and home – set up safely, control the dust, and clean up completely.

Working with Lead Paint

Here are some practical suggestions on how to work smart ...

1. Either assume ALL paint is lead paint, or have a certified lead inspector perform XRF (non-destructive) testing. Don't rely on do-it-yourself kits from the hardware store. They only test the top layer of paint, while lead paint is usually buried under layers of newer, non-lead paint.

2. Use lead safe work practices.  For example ...

 Before you start...


·         Cover the work area with plastic sheeting.

(Use 6 mil plastic and secure with duct tape.)

·         If the work area is large, seal it off from the rest of the house.

·         Cover and seal furniture with plastic.

·         Turn off (and seal off) forced air heating and cooling vents.



·         Put plastic sheeting under the work area. Secure with stones, bricks or stakes.

·         Don't work outside on windy days.


-During Work

·         Keep non-workers out of the work area.

·         If possible, move children and pregnant women out.

·         Don't eat, drink or smoke in the work area.

·         Always wash your hands and face when you leave the work area.

·         Wear protective clothing and shoes.

·         Wash work clothes separately from other laundry.

·         If possible, wear a respirator equipped with a HEPA filter.         


NEVER dry sand, scrape or blast lead-based paint. (Wet the surface to keep dust from spreading. Use an inexpensive mister - like those used when ironing.)

NEVER use high temperature heat guns or open flame on lead paint.

NEVER use a dry scraper or belt sander to remove lead-based paint. This creates large amounts of lead dust which can remain long after the work is done. It takes a special HEPA vacuum to trap lead dust.

After Work Is Completed


·         Remove plastic sheeting by carefully rolling it inward.

·         It's a good idea to mist the plastic before you roll it up to keep dust from spreading.

·         Wrap construction debris with plastic.

·         Vacuum exposed areas with a HEPA vacuum.

·         Wash exposed areas with TSP or powdered automatic dishwasher detergent and water.

·         Change clothing and shoes before leaving the work area.

·         Shower and wash your hair right after finishing work.


3. Call 800-LEAD-FYI to order "Reduce Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home."