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The Alabama Lead Contractors Certification Program is a statewide program authorized by Act No. 97-553. The Lead Reduction Act of 1997 established the procedures for certification of contractors or firms that perform lead-based paint inspections, risk assessments, abatement, and renovation activities in target housing (pre-1978) and child-occupied facilities.

This program also requires that all persons engaged in lead-based paint activities (abatement or renovation) in target housing and child-occupied facilities be properly trained, that training programs are accredited, that firms are certified, and that all lead-based paint activities be performed by accredited individuals of certified firms according to the prescribed work practice standards contained in these rules.

The Alabama Lead Contractor Certification Program consists of Lead Hazard Reduction Contractor Certification (Abatement) and Alabama Lead Renovation Contractor Certification.

Environmental Regulations Related to Tornado Damaged Areas

The Alabama Department of Public Health references this guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding Certified Renovator regulations during emergency response following a natural disaster.  If you have any questions please contact Sal Gray at 1-334-206-5373.

Alabama Lead Hazard Reduction Contractor Certification (Abatement)

The Alabama Department of Public Health's Lead Hazard Reduction Contractor Certification rules took effect on September 5, 1998. Under this certification, the University of Alabama's Safe State environmental program accredits and registers individual lead professionals such as lead inspectors, lead risk assessors, training providers, lead abatement supervisors, lead abatement workers, and lead abatement project designers.

The Alabama Department of Public Health certifies lead abatement firms and provides enforcement of all state lead regulations. Further, these rules establish requirements for abatement project notifications, abatement work practices, and for record keeping.

Alabama Lead Renovation Contractor Certification

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rules took effect on April 22, 2010. The University of Alabama’s Safe State Environmental Program and the Alabama Department of Public Health have modified and promulgated Alabama’s lead rules to allow the state to take over the RRP program as part of its current Lead-Based Paint Contractor Accreditation Program.

On February 17, 2010, the Alabama Lead Contractor Certification Program received approval from the Alabama State Committee on Public Health to seek EPA authorization to administer and enforce the lead-based paint RRP rules for the State of Alabama in lieu of the EPA. The Renovation Contractor Certification, Chapter 420-3-29, establish requirements for certifying renovators, dust sampling technicians, and renovation firms. Further, these rules establish requirements for renovation project notifications, pre-renovation education requirements, renovation work practices, and for record keeping.

As of November 16, 2010, individuals seeking to become Certified Renovators and/or Dust Sampling Technicians in Alabama must apply through Alabama’s Safe State Environmental Program for accreditation. For applications, information, training provider listings, call 1-800-421-7141.

Attention: Important Notice If you have an EPA Certification for Renovation Contractor Firm, it is no longer valid in Alabama.  You must obtain Alabama Certification to operate in Alabama.  As of November 16, 2010, the Alabama Department of Public Health began accepting renovation and sampling technician firm’s applications for certification (license). Applications, project notifications and forms of compliance assistance can be found on our Forms page.

Renovation and sampling technician firms that presently hold an EPA certification will be granted a one-year reciprocity term from the date when the firm was issued certification from EPA. However, the firm must submit an application to the Alabama Department of Public Health to preclude any regulatory violations. All rule requirements for renovation project notifications, pre-renovation education requirements, renovation work practices, and record keeping rules still apply.

We are currently in the process of developing an online application process with the ability to accept credit/debit cards which we hope to make available in the future.

To better understanding the difference between lead abatement and renovation please review Clarification on Renovation Versus Abatement.

Chapter 420-3-27 - Lead Hazard Reduction Contractor Certification

Chapter 822-X-1 - Registration and Accreditation of Lead Training Programs and Individuals Engaged in Lead Hazard Reduction Activities

Chapter 420-3-29 – Renovation Contractor Certification

Certified Renovator Training Providers

The Alabama Lead Contractors Certification Program is part of the Indoor Air Quality/Lead Branch within the Division of Community Environmental Protection, which is located in the Bureau of Environmental Services.


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