WASHINGTON – As of April 22, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires that renovations and repairs of pre-1978 housing must now be conducted using safe practices to protect children and pregnant women from exposure to lead-based paint.

The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requires contractors to be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices. The new rule requires that renovation firms must be certified by the EPA, individuals must be trained in lead-safe work practices, and that all those providing training must be EPA accredited.