EPA/Mass DOS Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Safe Practices


A guide for safe practices under the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.

Renovation, repair and painting rule (RRP) requires the certified contractor to provide with lead-safe work practice to minimize any potential hazard that might emerge from these situations. Following this work practices under the Renovation, repair and painting rule (RRP) is a requirement of EPA’s rule and must be followed closely when completing a renovation, repair or painting any surface that has been identified with lead-based paint.

Checklist of Lead-Safe Work Practice under RRP
•    Hand in the EPA Lead pamphlet to the owner and occupant before starting the job.
•    Confirmation of receipt of the Lead Pamphlet must be received at least seven days before commencement
•    Limit Access to buildings occupant’s while working on the area.
•    Prepare a clean-up station, including paper towels, eye wash kits, first aid kits, potable water, etc.
•    Complete a pre-clean service on floors, windows, chairs, baseboard before protecting these items.
•    Protect all objects that were not removed with four mil protective sheeting. This sheeting must be properly secure in all sheeting borders.
•    Use a six mil protective sheeting to cover floors, carpets, including baseboard.
•    It is recommended to seal windows with protective sheeting.
•    HVAC ducts supply and returns grills must be closed and sealed with protective sheeting.
•    Create an airlock on door openings by sealing with two layers of protective sheeting, the first one with six mil plastic and the second one with – two or four mil plastic.
•    Set up a ‘dust room’ where you can work with high dust-generating components.
•    All tools, protective equipment and related items must be placed inside the protected areas.
•    Provide covering for outside ground at least ten feet away from the building. Never leave ground covering overnight.
•    For each additional story being worked out, you must extend ten feet of additional ground cover protection.
•    On high wind areas or gusty areas prepare a curb around the building to contain any particle that might be carried away.
•    Windows and doors on a 20 feet radius are recommended to be sealed and protected.
•    In some instance sheeting must be provided to scaffolding components.
•    Workers should remove Tyvek coveralls, booties, masks, etc. before leaving the work area 
•     Hepa mask must be removed from work area to prevent dust settling into it.
•    Follow local and state waste disposal regulations.
•    Trash bag or debris can be enclosed with a six mil protective sheeting.

Renovation, Repair and Painting Prohibited Removal Methods
EPA’s ruling must be followed closely, but these actions should be avoided:
•    Open flame burning 
•    Sanding/blasting without HEPA filter
•    Heat gun over 1,100 ° F 
•    Dry scraping or sanding
•    Paint strippers that contain Methylene Chloride
•    Do not use unconstrained hydro-blasting