Training set for home remodelers

Published 12:33 am Wednesday, January 14, 2009

By Staff
Calling all builders, contractors, property managers and non-profit agencies who work with housing revamping, remodelers, and painters. Anyone who might be working on older housing renovations should pay attention to this announcement.
In order to help contractors who work on these types of structures, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University are offering a Lead Safe Work Practices training Jan. 23 at the Mobile County Extension Office, Jon Archer Agricultural Center, on Schillinger Road North in Mobile. The all day workshop costs $20. To register go on line and visit www.aces.edu/lead and follow the instructions there.
All contractors must be trained and follow new federal guidelines for lead safe work practices – which is what our training teaches.
Many homes built before 1978 contain lead-based paint.
It is critical that renovation, remodeling and repair activities use methods that reduce and control dust and debris from lead-based paint created during work.
Even a small amount of dust can cause permanent brain and nerve damage in children.
For these reasons, we need to use lead-safe work practices to avoid making dust from old paint and we must cleanup as if we did make dust.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, in cooperation with the Auburn University McWhorter School of Building Science and the Alabama Department of Public Health is pleased to offer contractors, property managers, and other health and housing professionals this EPA/HUD-approved Lead-Safe Work Practices Training session.
The session will help you learn how to work with lead-based paint safely.
If you are working on federally-subsidized housing, this training will enable you to work on lead-based paint independently without a licensed abatement contractor supervising you.
Contractors disturbing paint in most housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 will need to be certified by EPA after April 22, 2010 and comply with EPA's new lead-safe work practice requirements.
With this training, you will only need to take a one-half day refresher training instead of a one-day initial training when training is offered in late 2009. CEU's will be available.
Registration can be completed on-line at http://www.aces.edu/lead or by calling 334-844-3683 or 334-844-5638.