Disposal of Lead Based Paint Debris

EPA’s Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program Rule.

Many structures built before 1978 have paint that contains lead. Common renovation activities like sanding, stripping and cutting can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead based paint. Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards to children and adults, if not taken care of properly. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed requirements to ensure health risks are minimized during renovation, repair and painting (RRP) of buildings that contain lead based paint. Beginning on April 22, 2010, federal law required contractors, property managers, landlords and others who disturb more than six (6) feet of paint know or presumed lead based paint during renovation in residential houses, apartments and child occupied facilities built before 1978 be certified and trained to follow specific workplace practices to prevent lead contamination. All contractors, property managers, landlords and renovation workers should be certified and trained in accordance with EPA requirements.

Lead-Based Paint Fact Sheet