CEDIA to Host Online and Instructor-Led Training for EPA Lead-Based Paint Certification

by bkrigbaum@solagroup.com


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INDIANAPOLIS — March 8,
2010 —
The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association
(CEDIA), in partnership with accredited training providers, is offering a simple
and cost-effective solution for companies that must comply with the Lead:
Renovation, Repair and Painting rule from the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA).

 

The training will be available to
electronic systems contractors as well as builders, remodelers and any other
professionals who perform applicable work.

 

In cooperation with the
National
Center
for Healthy Housing
(NCHH) and other EPA-accredited providers, CEDIA is now offering the two-part
Certified Lead Renovator course, which includes both an online component and a
hands-on component. The online portion of the training will be available through
the CEDIA e-Learning platform, and the hands-on lab portion of the training will
be hosted by CEDIA at select ADI locations throughout the U.S.

 

The Certified Lead Renovator
course is the first step toward compliance with the EPA’s Lead: Renovation,
Repair & Painting rule. An individual must first complete both the online
and hands-on components of the Certified Lead Renovator course  then pass the final exam to become a
Certified Lead Renovator.

 

The Lead: Renovation, Repair
& Painting rule sets forth special requirements for anyone who is paid to
perform work that disturbs surfaces that may contain lead-based paint. The rule
applies to work done in homes built before 1978 as well as in pre-1978 buildings
occupied by children under the age of six or by a pregnant woman. Any contractor
completing a renovation, repair, or painting project which disturbs more than
six sq. ft. of space on an interior wall or 20 sq. ft. of space on an exterior
wall must comply with the rule.

 

The rule is set to be fully
implemented by April 22, 2010. Once the rule is in effect, covered renovations
must be performed by Certified Renovation Firms. To become a certified firm, a
company must employ a Certified Lead Renovator and must submit an application to
the EPA. Beginning April 22, uncertified companies that perform applicable work
are subject to penalties of up to $32,500 per violation, per day.

 

The hands-on trainings hosted by
CEDIA in cooperation with NCHH, the Environmental Management Institute (EMI) and
other accredited training providers will cover lead-safe work practices to help
contractors minimize the risk of lead exposure when performing work in homes and
buildings that may contain lead-based paint.

 

To register for the online
training or to learn more about how the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair &
Painting rule affects your business, visit www.cedia.org/lead.

 

About CEDIA

 CEDIA is an
international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and
installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in
September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA Members
are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and
experience in this specialized field. For more information, visit the
association’s website at www.cedia.org.

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