Effective April 22, 2010, contractors working on homes built prior to 1978 must meet the EPA guidelines for any project that disturbs paint. Which means just about any kind of remodel, window replacement etc.
Contractors are required to to be certified by the State of RI Department of Health, and can be fined heavily for any infractions.
At Messier Construction RRM, Inc., we have trained and certified six people on our staff.
If you are planning to renovate your pre-1978 built home, be sure to ask your contractor if he or she has people who are trained and certified, and ask to see a copy of their training certificate. By law a contractor must also provide you with a brochure called “Renovate Right”, which was published by the EPA and contains valuable information about the lead safe working practices. You can also get more information at the EPA web site: