Lead Poisoning Prevention
Pre-Renovation Education (PRE) Program and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP)
This web site serves as a summary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) PRE and RRP regulations. If you have specific questions, please contact EPA Region V at 1-800-621-8431.
If you have complaints regarding the PRE and RRP regulations, you can Report the Environmental Violation to the EPA or call them at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).
For questions regarding RRP and obtaining a municipal building permit, please contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) at 1-800-657-3944.
Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains
lead. Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards
if not taken care of properly.
In order to minimize potential lead hazards from renovation or repair activities, Federal law requires a two step process. The first step is that contractors must provide lead information to residents before renovating or repairing pre-1978 housing. This is known as the Pre-Renovation Education (PRE) Program. It requires contractors to give property owners and tenants a pamphlet titled “Renovate Right”, before starting work. The second step is known as the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. This rule requires contractors be certified and follow lead-safe work practices.
Pre-Renovation Education (PRE) Program and Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule information
- EPA: Pre-Renovation Lead Information Rule TSCA 406b – Final Rules and policies.
- EPA: Pre-Renovation Education Handbook (PDF: 361KB/ 16 pages) – Essential handbook that summarizes the requirements of the PRE program. Includes the required owner/tenant notification forms.
- EPA: "Renovate Right" brochure (PDF: 3,250 KB/ 20 pages) – Required to be handed out to property owners/tenants as part of PRE compliance.
- Receipt of Lead Pamphlet Form (PDF: 44KB/ 1 page) - Contractors can use this form as documentation that property owners/tenants received the "Renovate Right" brochure from them.
- EPA: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule – Final Rules and Policies
- EPA: Steps to Lead Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (PDF: 5,010KB/ 34 pages) – Tips for conducting remodeling or renovation activities
- EPA: Lead-Paint Safety (PDF: 1,300KB/ 84 pages) – A field guide for painting, home maintenance and renovation work.
- EPA: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) - This web page contains information on the RRP for contractors, property owners, realtors, training providers and others.
IMPORTANT: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently authorized EPA-certified Renovators to collect paint chip samples in order to identify lead painted surfaces with the following exemption. Federal Register/Vol. 76, No. 151/Friday, August 5, 2011/Rules and Regulations, page 47,924 states in part, "in those states that do not permit persons other than certified inspectors or risk assessors to sample or test for lead-based paint, certified renovators will not be able to exercise this option."
In Minnesota, paint chip sampling may only be performed by a licensed lead-based paint inspector or risk assessor. EPA-certified Renovators who are not MDH licensed lead inspectors or risk assessors may not use paint chip sampling to identify lead painted surfaces. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the Minnesota Department of Health Asbestos and Lead Compliance Program at (651) 201-4620.
RRP Training Providers
Find training course providers in your area by searching the EPA Accredited Renovation Training Programs website.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has specific requirements regarding lead contaminated waste generated during renovation activities. Refer to the following factsheet to remain in compliance with MPCA regulations.