At Fresh Start Contracting, we believe strongly in the safety and care of our crews as well as our clients homes we work in. Our staff and crews have participated in hundreds of hours of training in LEAD certification so that they learn the proper methods of renovating a safe space.

Federal law requires all renovation, repair, and painting firms (including sole proprietorship’s) working in housing, or facilities where children are routinely present, built before 1978, to be certified in LEAD safety training. Federal law also requires that a “Certified Renovator” be assigned to each job, and that all involved individuals are trained in the use of lead-safe work practices and must provide lead-safe work practices training to all non-certified renovation workers on a job site.

Contractors working in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin are authorized to administer their own RRP programs in lieu of the federal program. The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule establishes requirements for firms and individuals performing renovations to help prevent lead exposure.

To become a Certified Renovator, a person must complete a renovator training course accredited by EPA or an EPA authorized program which will teach you how to work lead safe.

According to the EPA, the LEAD Safety Training focuses the following points:

  • Set up the job site safely
  • Minimize dust on the job
  • Clean up carefully and completely

In addition, the EPA provides a Small Entity Compliance Guide to on “How to Renovate Right” that includes:

  • The certified firm must assign a Certified Renovator to each renovation job it performs.
    • The firm must notify the homeowner or tenants about lead hazards. Download EPA’s lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF) | en español (PDF) .
      • The firm must document compliance with this requirement; EPA’s pre-renovation disclosure form (PDF)  may be used for this purpose.
    • The certified renovator must perform or direct certain key tasks during the renovation and be present on-site during those key tasks, including while:
      • Signs are being posted before the job;
      • The work area is being contained; and
      • The work area is being cleaned post-renovation.
    • The certified renovator must perform cleaning verification after the job is finished.
  • The certified firm and renovator must make sure that other workers on the renovation job follow lead-safe work practices.
  • The certified firm and renovator must prepare and maintain records.

By following lead-safe work practices, our crews at Fresh Start Contracting are best prepared to prevent lead hazards in client homes.

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