Federal rule addressing lead-based paint hazards may impact Mold Remediators in Texas

Mold Remediation Contractors and Mold Remediation Companies in Texas should be aware of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule, which may impact some of their work.  As of April 22, 2010, this new federal rule – the RENOVATION, REPAIR & PAINTING (RRP) PROGRAM RULE – aims to prevent cases of lead poisoning in children by requiring certain safety measures for renovation projects that may disturb lead-based paint in homes and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978. The RRP Program Rule covers buildings such as houses, apartments, condominiums, child care facilities, kindergartens, and schools.

A consequence of the rule is that licensed Mold Remediation Contractors and Mold Remediation Companies who conduct remediation projects in such buildings may also be required to follow the EPA RRP Program Rule and hold certifications as a “Renovator” and “Renovation Firm” if any existing paint is disturbed in a pre-1978 constructed home or child-occupied facility.  The “Renovator” certification is valid for 5 years and is issued by the training provider who provided your 8-hours RRP course of instruction.  The “Renovation Firm” certification, also valid for 5 years, is issued by EPA in the state of Texas.  To find an RRP trainer, go to http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_training.htm.

It should be noted that the EPA will be enforcing the RRP Program Rule in Texas and not the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

For more information about the EPA’s RRP Program Rule, please visit the EPA website: www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm.

Last updated September 9, 2014