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RRP Lead-Safe Refresher Goes Online

Minnesota contractors who work on homes and child-occupied structures built before 1978 now will be able to update their EPA Certified Lead-Safe credentials online rather than participate in classroom refresher courses. But the new EPA rule published Jan. 21 won't help firms facing March 31 renewals. Certification companies still are developing the digital programs or awaiting EPA approval. 

Minnesota currently has more than 5,900 contracting firms that are Lead-Safe Certified. Although the classroom-based credentials are for five years, the new online classes will only be good for three years and must alternate with in-class training. Despite the shorter term, we understand some certification companies may charge a premium price for the convenience and time-savings that online certification provides.

The Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) regulations require contractors to receive special training, notify residents, maintain records and follow prescribed lead containment and cleanup practices if they expect to disturb more than 6 sq. ft. indoors or 20 sq. ft. outdoors. The goal is to protect the health of both workers and residents, particularly young children and pregnant women. Violators can be fined up to $37,500 per day. Although the EPA reached 130 settlements with contractors between February 2014 and September 2015, no Minnesota contractors were fined.

The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) was a leading proponent of online certification to make it easier for more contractors to participate and comply.

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