The U.S. EPA RRP Rule

The prevention of childhood lead poisoning has been a concern of mine for many years. Below is an explanation of the new EPA Rule and how it affects you and the contractors you hire to work on your home.




U.S. EPA Certified Firm EPA Certified Firm     

As of April 22, 2010 all companies that work on pre-1978 homes or child occupied facilities must be an EPA Certified Firm. While this sounds like a business tax it is for the protection of your children or grandchildren. Childhood lead poisoning is more prevalent than you think. What's more, it is preventable. Without following certain work standards and practices your family may be at risk. It only requires a fee of $300.00 to become registered. It is the first step in assuring you that the contractor you choose is not only legal but is concerned about your families health.







EPA Certified Renovator

 Certified Renovator Certificate

       The Certified Renovator certificate is issued by the firm that conducts the "Lead safe work practices" course for the individual. It is important that the lead carpenter or the superintendant on your project is a Certified Renovator. The certified renovator training is a one day class requiring a test and a hands on approach to training. The Certified Renovator is allowed to train the other workers on the crew. He/She should explain to you some simple steps to help the job go smoother.


 The U.S. EPA RRP Rule

      The EPA's RRP rule is important. I have been a volunteer on the Illinois Lead Elimination Advisory Council as a contractor's representative. The council is a part of IDPH. I have been an active member for more that four years. The councils mission is the prevention of childhood lead poisoning in Illinois. If you want more information about the RRP Rule Click Here




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