May 16, 2013
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has received grant money from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide free lead safety training for the second year in a row.
This free training, which will be held throughout the State, is aimed at self-employed contractors, renovators, property managers, painters, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians who work on pre-1978 homes or child occupied facilities. This training will help contractors comply with EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule (40 CRF 745), which requires that any renovations conducted for compensation must be performed by Certified Firms using Certified Renovators. The training is provided by Lead-EDU.
The goal of the RRP Rule and the lead safety training is to have contractors trained on how to conduct renovation activities safely to reduce the risk of lead poisoning. Common renovation activities that disturb lead-based paint, such as sanding, cutting, and demolition, create hazardous lead dust and chips that are harmful to children and adults. In 2011, 93 children under 6 years old had elevated blood leads over 10 micrograms per deciliter, while 535 New Hampshire children had blood lead levels between 5 and 9 micrograms per deciliter, which is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention new level of concern.
“In New Hampshire, one in every three children who have an elevated blood lead level was exposed due to renovation work,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of the Division of Public Health Services. “Through this partnership with the EPA and the contractor training, New Hampshire homeowners will have a source for contractors who are trained in lead-safe work practices. This training brings us another step closer to eliminating lead poisoning.”
Courses are being offered throughout New Hampshire. The following is a list of the class dates and locations. Classes are 8 am to 5 pm. Contractors need to only attend one of them:
Nashua, City Hall Auditorium – May 14
Manchester, Manchester Health Department – May 28
Franklin, Lakes Region Community College – June 20
Rochester, Frisbie Memorial Hospital – July 19
Berlin, White Mountain Community College - August 6
Manchester (Spanish), Lead-EDU – September 6
Claremont, Home Depot – September 12
Manchester (Refresher), Lead-EDU – September 26
Lakes Region, The Taylor Home – October 15
Manchester, Manchester Health Department – November 7
Pre-registration is required. Call Ben Kirkwood at 603-203-6430 or go to www.Lead-Edu.info to register.