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