The 1992 Toxic Substances Control Act gave the EPA 18 months to draw up a set of lead-safe work rules for contractors who work in structures that may contain lead paint. On March 31 of this year, the rules were finally published.

The new Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule requires all remodelers working on residential or "child-occupied" commercial buildings that may contain lead-based paint to receive certified lead-safety training. It also spells out mandatory procedures for sealing work areas against dust, performing final job-site cleanup, and...

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