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Painting and Renovating Safely

As a child care provider or school maintenance staff, you can take simple steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the children in your care.

How do I know if my school or child care facility has lead paint?

  • Find out when your school or child care facility was built. If the facility was built before 1978 assume it has lead paint unless it has been tested and found not to have lead paint.
  • Have your school or child care facility professionally tested for lead.

How can schools and child care facilities fafely make repairs or renovations?

  • Become certified to conduct lead-safe work or hire a lead certified professional for maintenance or renovations. It's the law! See Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) FAQs for Child Care and Schools.
  • If the RRP rule does not apply to a specific job, follow the  information provided in the EPA/HUD Lead Paint Safety; A Field Guide for Painting, Maintenance, and Renovation Work (PDF). This guide will help you plan and carry out the work safely.
  • Remove all belongings from the work area or cover them in plastic before the work starts.
  • Once renovation, maintenance and repair work is complete and cleaning has been performed, have a certified lead professional take dust wipe samples to ensure that the work area is safe for re-occupancy.
  • When renovation, repair, painting and maintenance work on painted surfaces is scheduled, keep all children and pregnant women out of the work area until clean-up and dust wipe samples have confirmed that the area is safe for re-occupancy.

More information on how to safely paint or renovate a school or child care facility?

Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF). General information about legal requirements for lead-safe work practices during renovation activities. Also available in Spanish.

Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right: EPA's Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (PDF). A handbook for contractors, property managers and maintenance personnel working in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978.

Oregon's Lead Safe Child Care: A Child Care Provider's Guide to Protect Kids (pdf).