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EPA Certification To Conduct Lead-Based Paint Activities And Renovations

As of April 22, 2010, new federal EPA requirements related to safe-lead practices took effect for firms completing renovation of homes built prior to 1978.

As a contracted provider for Environmental Accessibility Modifications for the State of TN Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, you and your firm are required to comply with federal and state rules. Therefore, our Division needs evidence of the following:

  1. Your firm's certification under the federal Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (or at a minimum, evidence of having submitted the application for the firm certification - recommend to mail this application via certified mail and maintain copies of what you sent);
  2. Evidence of training in lead-safe work practices.


  3. If you are a residential agency contracted with the Division, you must ensure that any entity you may subcontract with to complete home accessibility modifications on homes built prior to 1978 has the required certification and training.

If you have not initiated the above process, it is recommended that you seek the training (link below) immediately and well as send in the application for certification of you firm.

The Division will be implementing a process to determine if a home of an individual who is needing renovations for Home Accessibility Modifications was built prior to 1978. This will be done prior to requesting bids from providers. Those contractors who have not completed the above steps will not be eligible to bid on renovation jobs for homes built prior to 1978.

The information and links below are intended to assist you in the above process if you have not already completed these steps.

EPA Requirements

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-TOX/2008/April/Day-22/t8141.htm - the federal rule
http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm - main website with needed resources
http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/sbcomplianceguide.pdf - the booklet outlining requirements for contractors
http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovaterightbrochure.pdf - consumer/homeowner brochure
http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/toolkits.htm - information about the lead-safe certification program
http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_training.htm - search for certified training programs in lead-safe practices
http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/firmapp.pdf - application for firm certification