The RRP Rule
Renovation, Repair, & Painting Program
Safe Work Practices
Renovation activities, like replacing windows and doors, can disturb lead-based paint and create dust and debris. Very small amounts of lead-contaminated dust can poison children and adults. The EPA created the Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP Rule) to make renovators follow lead-safe work practices when disturbing paint on structures built prior to 1978. Lead-based paint was banned from residential use in 1978. More information on the RRP Rule can be found here on the EPA’s website.
We are an EPA certified RRP renovation firm
All of our job foremen are also certified RRP renovators. We perform lead-safe work practices and strictly follow the RRP Rule when replacing windows and doors in a home that was built prior to 1978. Our certification can be found directly on the EPA’s website.
The RRP Rule requirements
Renovators to be certified through training (Non-certified workers must work under and be trained on the job by a Certified Renovator).
Renovation firms to be certified.
Training providers to be accredited.
Lead-safe work practices to be followed during renovations.
Education to be delivered to the property owner by the renovator prior to any renovation activities (The Renovate Right pamphlet).
There are some exclusions to the RRP Rule; however, the exclusions do not apply to window and door replacement. When replacing windows and doors, the renovator must follow lead-safe work practices as defined in the EPA’s RRP Rule.
We strive to do the best we can to protect the environment and the community. That is why all of our window and door installers are certified RRP renovators.
Containing Dust During the Work
Containment is a system of temporary barriers used to isolate a work area so that no dust or debris escapes while the renovation is being performed. The benefits of containment include:
Protecting the residents and workers,
Preventing the spread of dust to the rest of the house and neighboring properties, and
Easier cleaning at the end of the job.
Containing the work area when replacing windows and doors requires:
Objects and furniture are removed from the room, or covered with plastic sheeting,
The floors (or ground) are covered with plastic sheeting,
All windows and doors are closed, and using plastic sheeting to seal doors and air ducts in the work area,
The doors to the work area are covered with plastic sheeting in a manner that allows workers to pass through but contains dust and debris within the work area.
Containment is required by the RRP Rule because it reduces the risk to the renovator and the residents of the home and facilitates efficient cleaning of the work area. Effective cleaning begins with proper preparation and containment. Cleaning becomes much easier and efficient if proper containment has kept all of the dust and debris defined to the work area.
Cleaning the Work Area
After a visual inspection, one of two activities must be conducted. A Certified Renovator must perform cleaning verification or other certified professionals must conduct a clearance examination.
A cleaning verification requires areas to be wiped with a single, wet, disposable cleaning cloth and comparing the wipe to a cleaning verification card to ensure the work area was effectively cleaned.
Window sills, uncarpeted floors, and countertops in the work area must be wiped separately using a new wet disposable cleaning cloth when performing the cleaning verification after a renovation.
Proper Disposal of the Waste
Waste from the renovation activities must be contained to prevent the release of dust and debris before the waste is removed from the work area for disposal.
Some components that are too large to fit into a bag must be wrapped in plastic and sealed with tape prior to removing them from the work area.
Other smaller debris should be placed in a heavy-duty plastic bag, which is then ‘Gooseneck sealed’ to prevent any debris from escaping the bag. The exterior of the waste bag is then HEPA vacuumed prior to removing it from the work area.
The information here is not meant to be a guideline to follow when performing renovations on a home built prior to 1978. This page is meant to educate our customers on some of the additional work required by the RRP Rule when replacing windows and doors in a lead contaminated environment. There are several additional rules and regulations which are not included in this information. More in-depth explanations and information is available on the EPA’s website.
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