On June 18, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they would not begin enforcing the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) until October 1, 2010. Under the rule, which went into effect on April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects on pre-1978 residential housing or child occupied facilities must receive certification from the EPA, use job supervisors who have one day of lead safety training from EPA-approved trainers and follow specified lead-safe work practices.

The EPA is granting additional time for contractors to obtain their certification due to the difficulties in applying for and completing the necessary training requirements. Workers will have until September 30, 2010, to enroll in a certified renovator class and must complete the training by December 31, 2010.

The EPA is not waiving the requirements of the RRP Rule for contractors to use lead-safe work practices which went into effect on April 22, 2010.

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