IT'S FEDERAL LAW!
THE RENOVATION, REPAIR AND PAINTING (RRP) RULE
If you are the General Public, Renovation Firm or Contractor, Training Provider, Property Manager, Member of the Press (Fact Sheet), you must know the following:
• Renovation firms must be certified under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule
• Individuals be trained in lead-safe work practices
• Training providers be accredited by EPA
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Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
The New Mexico Lead Poisoning Prevention Program collects blood lead level data and provides case management services to children and adults with elevated blood lead levels. The program provides education, home visits, lead risk assessment, and consultation with health care providers in an effort to prevent lead poisoning and decrease elevated lead levels in exposed children.
Developing fetuses and growing children are highly susceptible to lead’s toxic effects. Lead exposure in children can cause behavioral and learning problems, hearing loss, and at very high levels, seizures, coma, and death.
In adults, high lead levels can cause high blood pressure, reproductive problems, kidney damage, hearing loss, and neurological problems. During case management, adults are warned about carrying lead dust home to their children and about the dangers of lead for an expectant mother and her unborn child.
Lead can come from deteriorating lead-based paint, contaminated soil, certain vinyl products, some folk and alternative health remedies, some consumer products, and jobs or hobbies that use lead. Elevated adults lead levels are most often caused by occupational exposure.