Lead Renovator Frequently Asked Questions

Lead Renovator Frequently Asked Questions

Throughout the year, we are asked several questions while we teach the EPA Certified Lead Renovator Initial and Refresher training.  We thought it would make sense to start a list of the questions with the answers we found for you on our site.  Below you will find the questions and answers we have been asked.  If you have additional comments or questions please email [email protected] or dial 877-209-9648 for more information.

Question

Is an electronic version of the lead information pamphlet sent to the customer via e-mail an acceptable means of distributing the information?

Answer

The distribution of the lead information pamphlet (40 CFR § 745.83) via e-mail is an acceptable means of distributing the pamphlet if the requirements of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (“Act”) (15 U.S.C. § 7001 et seq.) are met. The Act requires that the recipient of the pamphlet, among other things, consents electronically to email delivery and in a manner, that demonstrates that the recipient can access the information in the form it will be provided. In addition, the recipient must be allowed to withdraw this consent and be informed of the procedures for withdrawing consent. Further, the recipient must be provided with a statement of the hardware and software requirements for accessing and retaining the pamphlet.

Question

How many people are treated for lead poisoning each year?

Answer

310,000 1 to 5 year olds are found to have elevated blood levels each year per kidshealth.com. Also, the combined cod statistics can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/data/national.htm

Question

Does the RRP Rule apply to work on windows that have been installed within the last 20 years in a pre1978 housing unit? Would confirmation of the window installation based on property owner documentation (i.e., receipts, warranty paperwork, contracts) and/or date of manufacture of the windows be sufficient to exclude this work from the lead-safe work practices and other requirements?

Answer

The RRP Rule applies unless you have determined that all the components affected by the renovation, including the windows, are free of paint or other surface coatings that contain lead equal to or more than 1.0 milligrams per square centimeter (mg/cm2) or 0.5% by weight.   This determination must be made either by a certified inspector or risk assessor, or by a certified renovator using an EPA recognized test kit or performing paint chip sampling.   You must keep records of any lead-based paint free determination and make the records available to EPA if requested.

Question

Does EPA recognize the 3M Lead check test kit for use on red paint?

Answer

Yes. EPA recognizes this kit for use on any color paint if the kit is used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Question

If I will be performing a renovation on a rental property that I own do I still must send a copy of the renovate right to myself?

Answer

The requirement includes both the tenant and owner. If the owner is the certified firm, certified renovator and owner the tenants must be given the information by the owner/renovator per regulation. This must be documented. Any tenants or buyers must be given the proper Section 1018 disclosures prior to the obligation to a contract, if this is a regulated property. Record keeping and lead safe-work practices are required for vacant properties as well.

Question

How do you test for lead on stucco or concrete?

Answer

The only recognized two ways to test for lead on stucco or concrete is to take a paint chip sample and submit it to a lab for testing.  Option two is to test the surface using XRF technology.  Typically, you would have to hire a third party to have XRF testing conducted.

Question

Can you leave exterior containment up overnight?

Answer

The work area should be left clean at the end of every day and must be cleaned thoroughly at the end of the job. The area must be completely free of dust and debris. The following cleaning supplies, tools, and equipment are available in hardware, paint or garden supply stores.

If you have additional questions please click here to submit your question, email [email protected], or dial 877-209-9648.

We offer EPA Lead Renovator Initial and Refresher Certification in 21 states and we are willing to travel to others.

Lead Renovator Frequently Asked Questions

Lead Renovator Frequently Asked Questions