The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its initial list of four EPA-accredited training organizations that will provide required training for remodelers and renovators under the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule governing the work of professional remodelers in homes where there is lead-based paint. (One of which is in Seattle YEAH!!)
The EPA is also reviewing additional applications for training providers that prepare remodelers for implementation of the rule and certification.
To view the current list, visit www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/trainingproviders.htm.
The rule, which will take effect on April 22, 2010, addresses remodeling and renovation projects disturbing more than six square feet of potentially contaminated painted surfaces for all residential and multifamily structures built prior to 1978 that are inhabited or frequented by pregnant women and children under the age of six.
When the rule takes effect, firms working in pre-1978 homes will need to be certified by the EPA and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. The fee for a firm’s certification is $300.
Along with the firm certification, the rule specifies that, for work done in pre-1978 homes, an employee will also need to be certified as a certified renovator and be responsible for training other employees and oversee work practices and cleaning on the job.
The training will be conducted during an eight-hour class and include two hours of hands-on training.
The certification of a firm and a certified renovator will be valid for five years. A certified renovator will be required to take a four-hour refresher course to be recertified under the rule.