Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Delaware Administers New Lead Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Program

Delaware has become the first state in the Mid-Atlantic Region to administer its own lead-based paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program. Thirteen other states currently have their own programs, separate from the federal RRP program. Over 50% of residential homes in Delaware were built before 1978, the year lead paint was banned for residential use and repair. Even small amounts of exposure to lead paint can cause detrimental health effects in young children. Delaware's program went into affect this past January.

"Delaware is to be congratulated for this significant commitment to providing greater protection to children in our local communities," said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. "This is an important step in our shared goal of protecting children from the hazards of lead-based paint."

"We wanted to take action to prevent lead exposure in children, rather than react when a lead-poisoned child is identified," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director, Delaware Division of Public Health. "Requiring renovators, property managers, electricians, plumbers and builders to use lead-safe work practices is a proven formula for reducing lead poisoning in children and workers."

Anyone disturbing more than six square feet of painted surfaces in interiors or twenty square feet on exterior surfaces must be trained by an accredited RRP training provider. Additionally, employees, firms, and landlords must become certified through the Delaware Division of Public Health in order to work with these painted surfaces.

Individuals and firms performing lead-based paint activities in the State of Delaware must be certified by the Division of Public Health (DPH).

After completing an approved training course and passing any required exams, an individual must submit an Application for Certification to DPH. A certification fee is required and the certification is valid for two years.

All individuals performing work in Delaware must attend training to become certified. Individuals may attend training provided in Delaware or in another state, as long as the training provider is accredited by the EPA or an EPA-authorized State or Tribal program. Training is required for both initial certification and recertification and is effective for two years from the date of completion of the training course.

For access to individual and firm applications, visit http://dhss.delaware.gov/dph/hsp/leadregcomm.html

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