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EPA Asbestos & Lead Paint Courses

Renovation, Repair and Paint (RRP)

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.  To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

This EPA-accredited course will teach the student how to comply with the EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule and the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule, and how to perform lead-safe work practices safely and effectively.

Once the student has successfully completed a Certified Renovator Course, s/he will be an EPA Certified Renovator.  EPA Certified Renovator status will allow the student to perform lead safe renovation, repair, and painting work in pre- 1978 housing and in child-occupied facilities where work will disturb lead-based paint. This certification is valid for five years from the date of completion of the course.

Asbestos Awareness

This course is designed for individuals who work in proximity to asbestos-containing materials (ACM) but do not disturb them as part of their job. Course topics include locations and types of ACM that may exist in their facilities, the health effects associated with inhaling asbestos fibers, recognition of damage and delamination of ACM, asbestos control procedures, and floor maintenance guidelines.

This course meets both the OSHA Class IV Worker and EPA AHERA Awareness requirements

Duration:
This course lasts two hours.

Lead – Based Paint Courses

Lead paint was used for years on residential properties, until the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned its use after 1978.  Unfortunately, the paint is still present in many homes and needs to be maintained or removed correctly; otherwise, the paint could become a health hazard.

There are many training courses available for dealing with lead-based paint in a safe and manner.  These courses are designed to help people who want to become lead paint workers, supervisors, inspectors, and risk assessors. 

Each of the following positions has a purpose in dealing with lead-based paint:

Lead Paint Abatement Worker Training

This two-day course is designed for those who work directly on Lead-Based Paint abatement projects.  It is required by Maryland and all states for local accreditation and licensing as a lead-based paint abatement worker; or for Maryland’s Maintenance and Repainting discipline, which is part of the Maryland Lead Risk Reduction Program.  The course focuses on health effects, safe work practices, medical monitoring, regulatory requirements, personal protection, and decontamination.  Anyone with a passing score of 70% or better on the final examination will qualify.

Lead Paint Abatement Supervisor Training

This four-day course is designed for those who work directly on Lead-Based Paint abatement projects.  It is required by Maryland and all states for accreditation and licensing as a lead-based paint abatement supervisor.  It is also recommended in Maryland as part of the Maryland Lead Risk Reduction Program (refer to the Maintenance & Repainting Supervisor below).  The course focuses on health effects, safe work practices, medical monitoring, regulatory requirements, personal protection, and decontamination of lead paint projects.  A lead paint removal and demolition supervisor must have at least 2 years of experience in related construction trades, including but not limited to lead paint abatement, carpentry, painting, or demolition.

Lead Paint Inspector Technician Training

This three-day EPA-accredited course is designed for those students who want to perform lead paint inspections, which are done to determine the presence or absence of lead-based paint on residential and commercial properties.  Learn how to use an x-ray fluorescence analyzer, conduct paint chip sampling, and perform dust wipe testing for lead in compliance with EPA, HUD and Maryland requirements.  The course will also include methods to properly complete associated inspection reports and protocols; and includes information on the health effects of lead exposure, as well as techniques used in lead hazard control.  To complete the accreditation process, an application (which will be provided in the class) and a protocol must be submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment along with a fee of $125 upon satisfactory completion of the course.

Lead Paint Risk Assessor Training

This 2-day course will present the HUD - devised methods for Lead Risk Assessment Screen and full Risk Assessment. These are methods of onsite investigations of a residential dwelling to discover lead-based paint hazards. The course content includes topics such as Lead risk assessment protocol, collecting background information on the property and occupants, visual inspection and assessment, and Hazard control options.  The course also includes hands-on activities including sampling, interpretation of sampling results and assessment activities.

Only Inspector Technicians are eligible to take the Risk Assessor course.

Lead Paint Maintenance and Repainting Supervisor Training

This two-day course is designed for those who do work in rental properties in Maryland in order to bring those properties into compliance with the Maryland Lead Risk Reduction Standard.  The course is also designed for home improvement contractors who do work involving limited disturbance of lead-based paint while working in rental properties.  Topics that will be discussed include information regarding the health effects of exposure to lead, how to protect against those exposures; the techniques for safely working around lead-based paint; clean-up procedures; and OSHA-related health and safety programs.  The course includes the Maryland rental property regulations in detail, along with other regulations that may impact the home improvement community.  Property owners who wish to either do work that disturbs lead-based paint or to supervise the required procedures for compliance with related Maryland law, must be accredited to this level of supervision.  Upon completion, an application (which will be provided in the class) must be submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment with a fee of $125 to complete the accreditation process.

Lead Paint Visual Inspector Training

This two-day course is designed for those students who want to perform lead paint inspections, which are done to verify satisfactory completion of work required in rental properties under the Maryland Lead Risk Reduction Standard.  Learn how to perform dust wipe testing for lead, as well as a visual inspection for compliance with the Full/Modified Risk Reduction Standard.  The course focuses on how to properly complete associated inspection reports and protocols; and includes information on the health effects of lead exposure, as well as techniques used in lead hazard control.  The student can also qualify to be a HUD Sampling Technician, which allows him or her to perform visual assessments and dust wipe inspections in HUD-owned and Section 8 HUD assisted rental units.  To complete the accreditation process, an application (which will be provided in the class) must be submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment along with a fee of $125 upon satisfactory completion of the course.