NH DHHS - Free EPA Lead Safety Training Classes Being Offered

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.

This 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 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. In New Hampshire, 535 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:

Berlin, White Mountain Community College - August 30

Claremont, Home Depot – September 18

Manchester (Spanish), Lead-EDU – October 16

Lakes Region, The Taylor Home – October 23

Franklin, Franklin Regional Hospital – November 8

Rochester, Frisbie Memorial Hospital – December 7

Pre-registration is required. Please call Kate Kirkwood at 603-716-2901 or

visit www.Lead-Edu.info