As of April 22, anyone making renovations to residential and child-occupied buildings built before 1978 must meet EPA's new Lead Based Paint Residential Property Renovation Rule if they do any work that disturbs a painted surface. The new rule mandates the use of certified and trained workman following specific work practices, unless the building is demonstrated to be lead paint free by EPA-approved testing or disturbs less than 20 square feet of painted surface. The rule requires posting informational signs, using work-area containment measure and waste handling/cleanup measures, prohibits certain work practices such as open-flame burning of lead based paint, and limits machine sanding or grinding. The Rule applies to projects in all states that do not already administer a similar EPA-authorized Renovation Rule.