I am a facilities manager for a church with daycare and preschool programs. I recently became a certified renovator. If my staff and I do our own painting and remodeling work, do we need to be a certified firm?
Yes, if you perform, offer, or claim to perform renovations in a portion of the building that is a child-occupied facility. The RRP Rule defines a child-occupied facility as a building, or portion of a building, constructed prior to 1978, visited regularly by the same child, under 6 years of age, on at least two different days within any week (Sunday through Saturday period), provided that each day's visit lasts at least three hours and the combined weekly visits last at least six hours, and the combined annual visits last at least 60 hours.
With respect to common areas in public or commercial buildings that contain child-occupied facilities, the child-occupied facility encompasses only those common areas that are routinely used by children under age 6, such as restrooms and cafeterias. Common areas that children under age 6 only pass through, such as hallways, stairways, and garages are not included. In addition, with respect to exteriors of public or commercial buildings that contain child-occupied facilities, the child-occupied facility encompasses only the exterior sides of the building that are immediately adjacent to the child-occupied facility or the common areas routinely used by children under age 6.
Areas of a building that fall outside this definition are not "child-occupied facilities" for purposes of the RRP rule.