RRP VS Abatement?

Confused about Lead-Based Paint Abatement vs. RRP?

Lead-based paint inspection, risk assessment, and abatement services are regulated differently than renovation, repair and painting jobs (RRP), even though, in some cases, the activities are similar.

  • Lead abatement projects are designed to permanently eliminate existing lead-based paint hazards, and may be ordered by a state or local government in response to a lead-poisoned child or for other reasons. Only specially trained and certified individuals may perform lead abatement.
  • Renovation, repair and painting (RRP) projects are typically performed by home improvement contractors at the option of the property owner for aesthetic or other reasons, or as an interim control to minimize lead issues. It is not designed to permanently address lead-based paint. However, RRP projects can disturb lead-based paint in homes and buildings built before 1978 and cause lead hazards, even when none existed before. Therefore, they are also regulated and require certification. However, this certification requires different training than that for lead abatement.

EPA requires individuals and firms who perform abatement projects in pre-1978 target housing and child-occupied facilities to be certified and follow specific work practices. To become certified, individuals must be trained by an accredited training provider, apply to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), and possibly take a proficiency exam (depending on the job category). Firms/companies must also apply to the ODEQ. Both individual and firm/company certification is required whether you are doing renovation, repair, and painting or lead-based paint abatement. These certifications and trainings are separate and different from each other.