Renovations that disturb lead paint can poison family members, visitors, and neighbors. To keep properties safe from lead hazards, Rhode Island's Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule requires contractors, painters, and other workers doing renovation, repair, or painting on pre-1978 homes or child care facilities (including day cares, preschools, and elementary schools) to work for licensed Lead Renovation Firms.
Rhode Island's RRP Rule applies to contractors, landlords, property managers, homeowners, and anyone else who disturbs painted surfaces on pre-1978 homes or child care facilities. This includes general contractors as well as special trade contractors, such as painters, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians.
In general, the RRP Rule applies to any renovation, repair, or painting that disturbs six square feet or more of paint per room on the interior or 20 square feet or more of paint on the exterior of a pre-1978 house or child care facility. Examples of regulated activities include window replacement, remodeling, repair/maintenance, electrical work, plumbing, painting, carpentry, and interior demolition. Not all projects are regulated by the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule.
In addition, the RRP Rule applies to window replacement and interim controls designed to reduce exposure to lead hazards (lead hazard control). A clearance inspection by a licensed Lead Inspector, which includes interior dust wipe sampling, is required to obtain an inspection report documenting the lead hazard control and a lead certificate.
In 2010, Rhode Island was granted delegation of authority by the Environmental Protection Agency to administer its own Renovation, Repair, and Painting program.
Contractors, painters, and other workers must complete an eight-hour Lead Renovator training course certified by the Department of HealthFind
Once training is complete, an individual is a certified Lead Renovator. All certified Lead Renovators must work for licensed Lead Renovation Firms. Firms must renew their licenses every five years after completing a four-hour refresher course. Renovators who take an online review training will be certified for three years, and renovators who take an in-person review course with hands-on training will be certified for five years. On-line training is allowed for every other recertification. more information on training
The firm must deliver a copy of the Rhode Island version of the Renovate Right pamphlet to property owners and tenants no more than 60 days and no less than seven days before work begins. The firm must fill out the Pre-Renovation Education form at the back of the pamphlet, have it signed, and keep it for a minimum of three years. At least seven calendar days before beginning a job, the firm must submit a Start Work Notification to the Department of Health for work that includes window replacement, interior mechanical paint removal, interior demolition, or lead hazard control activities.
While work is being performed, certified Lead Renovators and their workers must:
When work is complete, Lead Renovators and their workers must: