Information for Lead Professionals

The Renovate, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule applies to all window replacement, interior mechanical paint removal, interior demolition,  and renovation, repair, and painting that disturbs six square feet of paint or more per interior room or 20 square feet or more of exterior paint in residences and child care facilities built before 1978. (Child care facilities include day cares, preschools, and elementary schools attended by children younger than six years old.) Lead Renovation Firms must be hired to perform this work, and a certified Lead Renovator working for the firm must remain on site at all times while work is being performed.

Requirements

Lead Renovation Firms and Lead Renovators are required to comply with Rhode Island's Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. Specific training, licensing, work practices, and recordkeeping requirements are available in sections 14 and 20 of the state regulations.

The EPA Cleaning Verification Procedure is required at the conclusion of renovation, repair, and painting projects and related construction work performed for reasons other than correcting environmental lead hazards. A clearance inspection by a licensed Lead Inspector is required at the conclusion of lead hazard control projects performed to correct known or assumed environmental lead hazards and obtain a lead certificate.

Records which may include proof of distribution of Renovate Right, Test Kit Documentation Forms, Paint Chip Collection Forms, and Renovation Recordkeeping Checklists must be kept for three years after the job is completed and provided to the Department of Health if requested.

Types of Licensed and Certified Lead Professionals

Licensed Lead Renovation Firm

Lead Renovation Firms are the licensed entities responsible for the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule's record keeping requirements, including distribution of the Rhode Island version of the Renovate Right pamphlet. They are also responsible for ensuring that a certified Lead Renovator, working for the firm, remains on site at all times during work activities. Firms must renew their license every five years by completing a four-hour review course.

Certified Lead Renovator

Lead Renovators work under Lead Renovation Firms and must be physically present on the job site during all work activities. Lead Renovators must also provide training to all non-certified workers on the job. Documentation of the training is required.

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

Training Reciprocity

There is reciprocity for RRP Lead Renovator trainings accredited by EPA or an EPA-delegated state (e.g. RI, MA) throughout the US. Firms must be licensed by the delegated state in which they’re working (e.g. RI, MA) or by EPA in EPA-run states. (e.g. CT, NH, VT, ME).

Requirements

Lead Renovation Firms and Lead Renovators are required to comply with Rhode Island's Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule. Specific training, licensing, work practices, and recordkeeping requirements are available in sections 14 and 20 of the state regulations.

The EPA Cleaning Verification Procedure is required at the conclusion of renovation, repair, and painting projects and related construction work performed for reasons other than correcting environmental lead hazards. A clearance inspection by a licensed Lead Inspector is required at the conclusion of lead hazard control projects performed to correct known or assumed environmental lead hazards and obtain a lead certificate.

Records which may include proof of distribution of Renovate Right, Test Kit Documentation Forms, Paint Chip Collection Forms, and Renovation Recordkeeping Checklists must be provided to the Department of Health if requested.