EPA Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule to Take Effect April 22

CEDIA Members and Industry Professionals Have Access to CEDIA’s Online and Instructor-Led Training

Beginning April 22, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule will be fully implemented. Electronic systems contractors and other industry professionals will need to comply with the rule immediately in order to avoid costly penalties of up to $37,500 per violation, per day.

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA), in partnership with accredited training providers, is offering a simple and cost-effective solution for companies that must comply with the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule from the EPA.

Who is affected:

Companies that perform applicable work in applicable structures. Applicable work includes:

  • Renovating, repairing, or painting that disturbs more than six sq. ft. of space on an interior wall or 20 sq. ft. of space on an exterior wall
  • Replacement of doors and/or windows

Applicable structures include:

  • Homes built before 1978
  • Buildings built before 1978 that are occupied by pregnant women or by children under the age of six

What: EPA Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule Deadline

When: April 22, 2010

Why: Non-compliant companies face penalties up to $37,500 per violation, per day

How: CEDIA’s two-part training, including an online component (part one) and instructor-led training at ADI locations throughout the U.S. (part two)

Where: Learn more at www.cedia.org/lead

The rule is set to be fully implemented by April 22, 2010. Once the rule is in effect, covered renovations must be performed by Certified Renovation Firms. To become a certified firm, a company must employ a Certified Lead Renovator and must submit an application to the EPA. Beginning April 22, uncertified companies that perform applicable work are subject to penalties of up to $32,500 per violation, per day.

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The hands-on trainings hosted by CEDIA in cooperation with NCHH, the Environmental Management Institute (EMI) and other accredited training providers will cover lead-safe work practices to help contractors minimize the risk of lead exposure when performing work in homes and buildings that may contain lead-based paint. The training will be available to electronic systems contractors as well as builders, remodelers and any other professionals who perform applicable work.

To register for CEDIA-hosted training or to learn more about how the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair & Painting rule affects your business, visit www.cedia.org/lead.