Don’t Delay; Become a Certified Lead Renovator Today
Apr 9, 2010 12:00 PM
This month’s deadline for compliance with the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule is fast approaching. If you work in homes constructed prior to 1978, it’s important that you become a certified Lead Renovator to learn lead-safe work practices. The Certified Lead Renovator course is the first step toward compliance with the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule. The rule is set to be fully implemented by April 22, 2010. Once the rule is in effect, covered renovations must be performed by Certified Renovation Firms. To become a certified firm, a company must employ a Certified Lead Renovator and must submit an application to the EPA. Beginning April 22, uncertified companies that perform applicable work are subject to penalties of up to $32,500 per violation, per day.
CEDIA, in collaboration with the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and other EPA-accredited training providers, will be offering the two-part certified lead renovator course. The first part is an online training, and the second is a hands-on lab and assessment.
The online training will focus on how to safely work in housing with lead-based paint. Participants will learn how to handle lead-based paint dust, understand the health problems associated with disturbing lead-based paint, and learn how to properly dispose of lead-based paint waste. The online course is a prerequisite for the second lab portion and certification exam.
The hands-on lab portion will be available at select ADI locations throughout the United States. This part of the Lead Renovator Course will help you apply the skills you learned in part one. Participants will also learn the proper documentation process to confirm accurate work practices and learn how keep renovators safe and reduce liability in a lead-based paint environment.
At the conclusion of part two of the Lead Renovator Course, a written exam will be provided to determine your ability to effectively manage a renovation project and comply with the new rules. Participants must score a minimum of 80 percent on the written exam to become a Certified Lead Renovator. Businesses must complete the application to become certified firms.
To register for the online training or to learn more about how the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule affects your business, visit www.cedia.org/lead.
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