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As of January 1, 2010, new state and federal regulations are effective for homes and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978. All individuals and firms performing renovation, repair, maintenance or painting, for compensation, that disturbs more than 6 square feet of surface containing lead paint must be certified by NC as a Lead Renovation Firm and must have a Certified Lead Renovator who directly supervises the work. Lead paint testing must be performed and must be documented before any work can begin on a pre-1978 structure. NC also adopted the EPA lead-safe work practices, which govern in detail appropriate practices for a pre-1978 structure. This new regulation affects many of the treasured, older neighborhoods and homes in Guilford County.
Brickwood Builders is one of the few NC Certified Lead Renovation Firms in Guilford County uniquely qualifying us to perform renovation projects on pre-1978 homes.

Below are the North Carolina General Statutes and other
important downloads providing further education
and understanding concerning the Lead Regulation
and your Contractor's responsibilities.

Downloads and
other information>

The LHMP-RRP is established under N.C. General Statute §130A-453.12-453.21 – Certification and Accreditation of Lead-Based Paint Renovation Activities (PDF).
Rules adopted by the North Carolina Health Commission to implement the statutes may be found under
10A N.C.A.C. 41C .0900 - Lead-Based Paint Hazard Management Program for Renovation, Repair and Painting (LHMP-RRP) (PDF).
The North Carolina LHMP-RRP Rules adopt the federal regulations relating to lead-based paint renovation activities in child-occupied facilities and target (pre-1978) housing by reference. These regulations may be found at
40 CFR Part 745, Subpart L - Lead-Based Paint Activities and 40 CFR Part 745, Subpart E – Residential Property Renovation (PDF).

Note: The statutes, rules, and regulations cited here are unofficial copies of the actual documents, and are provided solely for the sake of convenience. The official versions are available at the following locations:
N.C. General Statutes
N.C. Administrative Code (Rules)

Amendments to the LRRP Rule -
Effective after April 22, 2010

The EPA announced the removal of the Opt-Out provision. Under the new amendment, a homeowner can no longer sign a waiver that will allow the renovator to do work in a pre-1978 house without following the certification, training and work practices outlined in
LRRP rule.

It is NOW the Law in North Carolina -
Effective: January 1, 2010

Under the
North Carolina Rules (PDF), beginning January 1, 2010, dust sampling technicians, firms, and individuals performing renovation, repair and painting projects for compensation that disturb lead-based paint in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978, must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Child-occupied facilities include, but are not limited to, child care facilities and schools with children under the age of 6 years of age that are built before 1978.

To get more information on the specific work practices and other actions required by reference in the North Carolina Rules, go to the
EPA rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices (PDF).

Lead-based paint hazards arise from three sources: lead-based paint in poor condition, lead-contaminated dust, and lead-contaminated soil. The improper disturbance or removal of lead-based paint may result in the production of paint chips and dust which may contaminate a structure inside and out. Young children, under the age of six, are the most vulnerable to the dangers potentially caused by exposure to lead-based paint and associated lead in dust.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Health Hazards Control Unit (HHCU) administers two lead-based paint programs in the state of North Carolina in lieu of EPA: the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Management Program for abatement activities (LHMP) and the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Management Program for Renovation, Repair and Painting (LHMP-RRP). Through these programs, the HHCU provides information to the public and to business and industry about the health hazards of lead-based paint and ways to control or prevent lead poisoning. The HHCU certifies firms and individuals conducting lead-based paint abatement activities and/or renovation activities, accredits training providers and courses, and issues permits for lead-based paint abatement projects that occur in child-occupied facilities and housing built before 1978. The HHCU also inspects lead-based paint abatement projects.

For more information on the management of lead-based paint hazards in North Carolina, contact the
Health Hazards Control Unit or call Brickwood Builders, Inc. at 336-852-7400.


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