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Renovating, Repair and Painting Rule FAQs

RRP Rule For Child Care and Schools

A federal law called the Renovation, Repair and Painting rule requires that child care and school professionals follow specific procedures when renovating or repairing facilities.

Read the frequently asked questions below, or review the complete details about the rule.

Does the RRP rule apply to me?
Yes, if...
  • Your child care facility or school was built before 1978 and has children under six years of age attend,
  • You are starting a renovation, repair and painting project that is not a "minor maintenance or repair" or an abatement project. "Minor maintenance or repair means disrupting 6 square feet or less of paint per room or 20 square feet or less of exterior paint. Abatement projects are specifically aimed at eliminating lead-based paint or lead hazards.

The RRP rule applies to my child care facility or school. What do I need to do?renovate right
  • Read and understand the rule as it applies to you. Review complete details of the rule or read EPA's Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right (pdf).
  • Assume your pre-1978 child-care facility or school contains lead or hire a professional to conduct an assessment.
  • Do one of two things:
    1. Hire a licensed contractor who has been certified in lead-safe work practices to prevent lead contamination.
    2. Become a certified firm and have your employees (the ones that will be doing the work) trained from an accredited lead-safe training provider.

What do I need to do to become a certified firm?

To become a certified firm or renovator, an individual must successfully complete EPA/OHA accredited training, apply to Oregon Health Authority for certification, and pay certification fee. Certification fee is different from the course fee. 

Step 1 - Training

The initial RRP Rule training is an 8-hour, hands-on course that individuals can take to learn how to comply with the RRP Rule. Upon completion of the course, the individual receives a course completion certificate. OHA has a list of EPA/OHA accredited training providers and maintains a list of scheduled training courses in Oregon.

The RRP course completion certificate is valid for five years. To maintain certification, course participants must take an EPA/OHA approved 4-hour refresher course taught by an accredited training provider, before their certification expires.

Step 2 - Certification

Firms (i.e. maintenance workers in multi-family housing, schools, child care facilities, property management companies and property owners) who have received a course completion certificate must apply to OHA to become an RRP "Certified Renovation Firm". The steps to apply include:

Non-CCB licensed renovators who have received a course completion certificate DO NOT have to apply to OHA for certification. These individuals are considered "certified renovators" who can work for an OHA-Certified firm.

What are my responsibilities as a certified firm?
  • All covered renovations must be performed by certified renovation firms, using certified renovators and other trained workers.
  • Keep certification current.
  • Employ at least one certified renovator oversee renovation, repair or painting work.
  • Provide a copy of EPA's lead hazard information pamphlet Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right (pdf) to families whose children attend the facility being renovated and document compliance with this requirement using Receipt of Renovation Notice Form (pdf).
  • Meet recordkeeping requirements using OHA's Recordkeeping Checklist (pdf).
  • Keep children out of work area.
  • Follow specific work practices to avoid creating and spreading lead dust.
  • Follow specific cleaning protocols after work is done.

What are my responsibilities as a certified renovator?
  • Certified renovation activities must be performed and/or directed by a certified renovator.
  • Perform work or direct lead-safe work practices to prevent lead contamination.
  • Keep a copy of the initial or refresher training certificate on each worksite.
  • Provide uncertified workers with on-the-job training.
  • Use EPA-recognized test kits to identify lead-based paint.
  • Be physically present at the worksite while posting signs, containing work areas and cleaning work areas.
  • Be available by telephone when off-site.
  • Maintain the containment to keep dust and debris within the work area.
  • Conduct the cleaning verification procedure.
  • Prepare and maintain required records.

How much does it cost to become a certified firm?

Certification cost is $250

When does the certification expire?

The course completion certificate and OHA certification expire within five years.


Printable Pamphlets, Documents and Forms

Contact Oregon Health Authority

Lead-Based Paint Program
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 608
Portland, OR 97232-2162
Phone: (971) 673-0440
Fax: (971) 671-0457

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