The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America have teamed up with an environmental consulting firm to provide lead-safe training to painting contractors.
PDCA will work with CONNOR of Baltimore, Md., to provide lead-safe training opportunities coordinated through PDCA’s network of councils, chapters and forums.
The goal of this education is to help painting contractors prepare for the requirements in the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP), which takes effect April 22, 2010.
The RRP Rule applies to all "renovations" performed for "compensation" in pre-1978 “target housing” and pre-1978 "child-occupied facilities."
The rule’s requirements are generally triggered when paint (including shellac, stain and varnish), which has not been certified as being lead-free, is disturbed by any renovation, repair or painting project above certain square foot thresholds for interior and exterior work.
The rule establishes a host of new requirements, including lead-safe work practices and cleaning verification procedures. EPA estimates that 210,000 organizations will have to apply to the agency to become Certified Renovation Firms and 235,000 individuals will have to be trained and certified as Renovators by EPA-accredited training providers.
EPA also estimates that 8.4 million renovation events, including countless painting projects, will trigger the rule’s requirements in the first year alone.
CONNOR, a provider of environmental training courses, has applied for EPA accreditation to train the full-day Certified Renovator and the half-day Certified Renovator Refresher training courses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the four U.S. territories and the seven Tribal Nations.
Training opportunities will be extended to both PDCA members and nonmembers. To learn more about the training or the new EPA rules, visit www.pdca.org, www.connorsolutions.com or www.epa.gov/lead.