Is work done by friends, a brother-in-law, or volunteers covered by the RRP Rule if no one is compensated?
No. The RRP Rule only applies to renovations performed for compensation. Compensation includes pay for work performed, such as that paid to contractors and subcontractors; wages, such as those paid to employees of contractors, building owners, property management companies, child-occupied facility operators, State and local government agencies, and non-profits; and rent for target housing or public or commercial building space.
Even if you are not required to comply with the RRP Rule, it is important to be aware that renovation activities can create hazardous lead dust and chips. The key to protecting yourself and your family during renovation is to use lead-safe work practices. Information on these practices is available in the EPA Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right, available in English and Spanish by visiting