WASHINGTON - On Jan. 10, 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed requirements to minimize the introduction of lead hazards resulting from the disturbance of lead-based paint during renovation, repair and painting activities in most housing built before 1978 (71 FR 1588).

The proposal introduces lead training, certification and requirements for safe work practice for contractors involved in these activities. It is one component of a comprehensive program to ensure the use of lead-safe work practices that will also include training, and an education and outreach campaign targeted at both workers and consumers.

For more information, contact NPCA's Steve Sides at ssides@paint.org.