Lead poisoning is preventable. The EPA has recognized this fact and enacted its lead RRP rule in response to the growing problem of lead poisoning in children and adults who occupy pre-1978 buildings. In 1978, the use of lead based paint was made illegal in the United States, so the lead RRP rule pertains to buildings constructed before 1978. The rule makes lead certification mandatory for any person whose work contributes to the dispersal of lead based paint chips, which can easily find their way into a child’s bloodstream and cause lead poisoning.
Obtaining lead certification can take as few as 8 hours. All you need to do is register for a lead training course from an EPA-approved provider. The lead course will teach you about the details of the lead RRP legislation so that you can make sure your work is compliant with the EPA legislation. The course will also familiarize you with the tools that the EPA has approved for cleanup and containment of working areas containing lead based paint. You will be able to better protect yourself from accidental lead exposure while protecting public health in general when you take a lead course in lead safe renovations.
Lead training is a requirement for building professionals who work in pre-1978 buildings. The lead training course will teach you what steps you must take before a renovation to ensure that your work in compliant with EPA standards for lead paint safety. You will also learn how to use approved tools for cleanup such as specialized HEPA vacuums and tools for containment such as plastic barriers to minimize the migration of lead based paint chips beyond a working area.
The first step toward your lead certification is the lead training course. Please do not hesitate to start your EPA lead training today.