For Immediate Release
April 6, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

New lead-based paint regulations implemented April 9

New regulations regarding lead-based paint in housing will go into effect April 9. The regulations, which are administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), correlate with new rules by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that go into effect later this month.

The Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), K.A.R. 28-72-1 to 28-72-54, is a federal regulatory requirement affecting contractors, property managers and others who disturb painted surfaces. The RRP applies to residential houses, apartments and child-occupied facilities built before 1978. 

“These rules are designed to protect those who work with paint as well as those who occupy the buildings from lead poisoning,” Roderick Bremby, KDHE Secretary, said.

The new regulations will require pre-renovation education requirements, training, certification/licensure and work practice requirements. Certification and licensure can be completed online at www.kshealthyhomes.org.

For more information on RRP and to read the complete regulations, please visit www.kshealthyhomes.org, or contact the Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Prevention Program at lead@kdheks.gov or 1-866-865-3233.