Federal legislation will require lead certification

NORWICH – Beginning April 22, homeowners, property managers, landlords, realtors and contractors will be required by federal law to be legally trained and certified, in regards to lead dust exposure, when repairing, renovating and painting child care facilities, homes and schools built prior to 1978, but only if they’re receiving compensation for the renovation.

The Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), first put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in April of 2008, is intended to protect residents and workers of all ages from the dangers of lead-based paint, which was used in over 38 million homes prior to being declared illegal in 1978, reported Code Enforcement Officer Jason Lawrence.

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