Beginning April 22, 2010, contractors nationwide who perform renovation activities in residential homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific lead-safe work practices to prevent lead contamination.

While this new requirement will apply nationwide under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2008 Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, Wisconsin recently passed an emergency administrative rule adopting the EPA requirements at the state level. As a result, contractors performing renovation activities in Wisconsin will be required to obtain certification through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS), instead of the EPA. Wisconsin is the first state to receive federal approval to enforce the new EPA standards at the state level. Wisconsin’s emergency rule is expected to be finalized April 2010.

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