The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established requirements for safe renovation, remodeling, and painting in pre-1978 Housing and Child-Occupied Facilities. Common renovation activities that disturb lead-based paint (like sanding, cutting, and demolition) can create hazardous lead dust and chips that can be harmful to adults and children.
To protect against exposure risk, the EPA has issued its "Renovate Right" rule, requiring the use of lead-safe work practices during renovations in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities. As of April 22, 2010, renovators must be trained, certified, and using specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. The rule applies to anyone whose work disturbs paint, inside or outside, such as:
- Renovation and remodeling contractors and their workers
- Rental property owners, maintenance workers, handymen/women
- Painters, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, window and siding installers
- Other specialty trades
- Anyone else who disturbs a painted surface for pay