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"There has been tremendous progress by people working in the construction and remodeling trades to become trained in lead-safe work practices," said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. "All a contractor needs to do to be certified is take a simple one-day course."
The agency finalized the LRRP rule in 2008. The rule requires contractors to become trained and certified as lead-safe by EPA. Individuals take an eight-hour training course offered by private training providers to become a certified renovator. The certification is valid for five years.
To date, the EPA has certified 190 training providers who have conducted more than 4,900 courses, the agency said. An estimated 100,000 people in the construction and remodeling industries have been trained in lead-safe work practices. Based on current EPA estimates, the agency expects more than 125,000 contractors to be certified by the April 22 deadline.
Click here to locate local EPA-accredited RRP training providers using the EPA's search tool.
Click here for more information on firm certification.