Whether you are a contractor or owner occupant, if you have a home that was built before 1978 and are handling/changing the paint, you have to comply with EPA’s rules on how to handle this.
If you are renovating more that 6 square feet of interior painted surface, or 20 square feet of exterior paint, whether you are a licensed contractor, investor doing the job youself, Landlord or an owner occupant – you have to certified to do this.
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.
To protect against this risk EPA issued the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. It requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Individuals can become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider. To Learn more on this, click here
Fines for non-compliance are up to $37,500, and are happening!
This is on repairs / remodels from April 2010.
Here is the website to learn more http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm