Lead - Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) 

Federal Program

Common renovation activities can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. Beginning in April 2010, the U.S. EPA has required contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

          Click here to learn more about the Federal EPA Program for Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requirements that are now in effect.

          Click here for EPA-Accredited Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (RRP) Training Providers.


State of Tennessee Program

When effective, the State of Tennessee RRP program will apply to paid renovation activities in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities where more than 6-square feet of lead-based paint on the interior or more than 20-square feet on the exterior are disturbed. Firms will be required to be certified by the state as an RRP firm and each must have a state certified ‘Renovator’ that has completed an 8-hour state accredited lead-safe work practices course. After completing regulated RRP activities, units must be properly cleaned to remove lead hazards and pass clearance testing and/or screening.

Tennessee's Lead-Based Paint Abatement Rule requires the distribution of Pre-Renovation Education prior to renovations in target housing and child-occupied facilities. The 'Renovate Right' brochure is the current document used to fulfill Pre-Renovation Education requirements (Spanish version also available).


Pamela Franklin