Q. If I want to work on my own home, do I need to be Lead-Safe Certified?
A. If anyone other than you and your immediate family lives in the house, then yes, you must be certified. But if you live in the house and no one other than your immediate family lives there then no, you do not have to be certified. However, you may want to follow the required work practice standards listed in the regulations to protect your family.
Q. There has been a renovation since 1978, do I still have to follow the RRP Regulations?
A. Since it would be extremely difficult to determine if all paint was removed during that renovation, then yes. The possibility of lead-based paint still being present would require the testing of painted surfaces by a Lead-Safe Certified individual before the paint is disturbed.
Q. I want to convert a commercial building into a day care, does the RRP Regulations apply to this conversion?
A. Yes, the future use of the building determines whether the regulations apply.
Q. I am demolishing a residential building, do the RRP regulations apply?
A. No, the RRP Regulations only apply to buildings that will be re-inhabited.
Q. After a natural disaster (flood, tornado, hurricane, fire, etc.), do the RRP Regulations apply?
A. Yes, but there is a provision that allows the property owner to basically stabilize the property (such as removal of damaged or contaminated materials) and then use Lead-Safe Certified individuals to do a cleaning verification and to take care of any other lead-based paint activity required to restore the building.
Q. What do I do with the waste from my renovation?
A. Renovation waste from a residential structure can be taken to a local sanitary landfill (the same landfill that takes the household waste). The landfill should be informed of the presence of lead-based paint in the debris and you may need to call in advance for an appointment. Renovation waste from any type of commercial building, including a house that has been converted into a business (e.g., a day care), can be considered hazardous waste. For more information contact MDEQ at 601-961-5171 and ask for someone in the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Division.
This page has been designed to answer many of the questions that we receive. A more extensive list of questions and answers can be found HERE.