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What is the purpose of the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule?

Answer: The purpose of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule is to minimize exposure from lead-based paint dust during renovation, repair, or painting activities.  This is a key effort in reducing the prevalence of childhood lead poisoning, particularly lead poisoning caused by housing contaminated by renovation activities.  This will also minimize exposure to older children and adults who are also adversely impacted by lead-based paint dust exposure.  Lead paint was used in more than 38 million homes prior to its ban for residential use in 1978.  This paint can form toxic dust when it is disturbed during normal home repair work.  EPA’s RRP program is designed to reduce lead contamination by training contractors in relatively simple lead-safe work practices, and certifying contractors to make sure that they follow lead-safe work practices.  We also encourage consumers to choose firms that are certified. 

Question Number: 23002-22990

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