Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Regulations

Asbestos Rules and Regulations

Tennessee Rule Chapter 1200-01-20 Asbestos Accreditation Requirements became effective June 23, 2009 for training providers, training courses, firms and asbestos professionals in Tennessee.

Lead-Based Paint Rules and Regulations

Click here to access the amended state lead-based paint Rule on the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website; this includes the new federal requirements for renovation, repair and painting (RRP).

Rule Chapter 1200-1-18 Lead-Based Paint Abatement, effective September 26, 2000, implements Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) Section 68-131-401 et seq., Part 4-Tennessee Lead-Based Paint Abatement Certification Act of 1997.  The State of Tennessee Lead Hazard Program became an EPA authorized program on January 17, 2001.

The Rule outlines procedures and requirements for accreditation of training programs, certification of professionals, and work practice standards for conducting lead-based paint abatement activities. The purpose is to ensure that individuals are properly trained and certified to conduct lead-based paint (LBP) activities in target housing and child-occupied facilities, using reliable, effective and safe work practice standards. Training programs are accredited to ensure that proper training is provided to LBP professionals regarding their being knowledgeable of and adhering to required standards. The regulations establish fees for testing, certification, accreditation, etc. and penalties for non-compliance.

A 5-day Notification to the State (see the Notification of Lead-Based Paint Activity) is required prior to the commencement of risk assessments, inspections, clearances, and abatement projects. In addition, 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). 

For additional information about the Commissioner’s Exam or about how to become a certified LBP firm or professional in Tennessee, call toll free: 1-888-771-LEAD.

NOTICE! Tennessee contractor's license is required BEFORE bidding or offering a price! Reciprocal agreements do NOT allow using another state's license. (Note: Must bid/contract in exact name as licensed!)

Related Information

Lead-Based Paint Abatement Rule Change

The Division of Solid Waste Management’s amendment to the notification requirements of Rule 1200-01-18-.01, Lead-Based Paint Abatement, were filed with the Secretary of State July 6, 2020. The amendment, which will change the notification of lead-based paint activity from fifteen days to five business days, will become effective October 4, 2020. The pending changes and additional rulemaking package information are accessible on the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website:

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