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 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


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.