USEPA’s new lead renovation rule becomes effective today. The rule will affect businesses involved in the management, leasing and renovation of certain "target housing" and child occupied facilities (including public and commercial buildings).
Contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint must be certified. Rule applicability thresholds are low - any work for hire that disturbs more than six square feet of painted surfaces indoors or more than twenty square feet outdoors must have a certified professional on-site to perform or directly supervise such work.
Unfortunately, USEPA does not have enough approved trainers to train every contractor required to be certified. It may be difficult for quite a while to find a certified contractor.