Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Become a Lead Safe Certified Firm - Options for Applying With the EPA

Initial Certification for Lead Safe Renovation Firms

For renovators, painters, contractors, and other professionals who need to comply with the Lead Safe Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, attending the required 8-hour training course is only the first step. If you run your own company, even if you're just a sole-proprietor, you must also register your company with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or an EPA-Authorized State, and receive a Lead-Safe Firm Certificate. The fee for the EPA Firm Certification is $300 for lead-safe renovation, repair, and painting activities, and it is valid for five years.

The EPA now requires that all Lead Safe Certified Firm applications be processed online. 

NOTE: If you perform work in an EPA-Authorized State, be sure to read our previous post on the local state requirements that you must comply with in lieu of the federal Lead RRP program. These states include: AL, DE, GA, IA, KS, MA,MS, NC, OK, OR, RI, UT, WA and WI.

Recertification for Lead Safe Renovation Firms

If your firm was previously certified with the EPA as a Lead Safe Firm, you must re-certify the company every 5 years. The process for recertification is also completed online at the same site as the initial certification application.

Renewal of your RRP training certificate is also required every five years. To view locations and schedules for the RRP Lead Renovator refresher training, visit http://www.greenedu.com/lead-renovators-certification-refresher-courses.