The EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) regulations are set to go into effect tomorrow. Under the new restrictions, any contractor who works on a project that could disturb existing lead-based paint must be certified to do so and must follow specific steps to avoid potential lead contamination. This means that any renovations, repairs or painting done on homes built before 1978 must be done following the new requirements.
Full details on the requirements can be found on the EPA website.
While these new restrictions have probably caused some headache (and expense) to contractors, they seem long overdue. It's good to see the EPA taking a hard stance on the topic of lead safety and lead based paint.