Individuals seeking recertification as a Lead Risk Assessor must be recertified before your current certification expires if you wish to continue conducting lead-based paint activities. Certification as a Lead Risk Assessor allows individuals to conduct on-site investigations to determine the existence, nature, severity, and location of lead-based paint hazards. The Lead Risk Assessor refresher training course provides information on lead-based paint investigation and reporting results and options for reducing lead-based paint hazards.
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The purpose of this course is to train individuals conducting risk assessments on methods and procedures including:
- Identifying sources of lead contamination
- Visual inspection to identify lead-based paint hazards
- Sampling techniques
- Clean-up and clearance
- Results interpretation
- Lead-based paint hazard evaluation
- Control option recommendation and reporting
EPA Lead Risk Assessor Certification Refresher Course Overview
- Role and responsibilities of a risk assessor.
- Collection of background information to perform a risk assessment.
- Sources of environmental lead contamination such as paint, surface dust and soil, water, air, packaging, and food.
- Visual inspection for the purposes of identifying potential sources of lead-based paint hazards.
- Lead hazard screen protocol.
- Sampling for other sources of lead exposure.
- Interpretation of lead-based paint and other lead sampling results, including all applicable Federal or State guidance or regulations pertaining to lead-based paint hazards.
- Development of hazard control options, the role of interim controls, and operations and maintenance activities to reduce lead-based paint hazards.
- Preparation of a final risk assessment report.
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional education, experience and training requirements to become a Lead Abatement Supervisor?
Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessor
- Pass an accredited inspector course.
- Meet one of the following requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience in a related field;
- Associate’s degree and two years of experience in a related field;
- A high school diploma (or equivalent), and at least three years of experience in a related field; or
- Certification as an industrial hygienist, professional engineer, registered architect and/or certification in a related engineering/health/environmental field.
Who administers the lead-based paint activities program?
EPA administers the lead-based paint program only in areas where states, territories or tribes are not authorized by EPA to operate their own lead abatement programs. The states administered by EPA include: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming or American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas and Tribal Lands.
All other states have EPA-authorized lead-based paint programs. Additionally, the Cherokee Nation, Lower Sioux Nation, Upper Sioux Community, and Bois Forte Band have EPA-authorized lead-based paint programs.
I am the CEO of what used to be a modestly large property management firm. As I near retirement, we've stopped hiring new people to replace those who retire. Recently our Certified Lead Inspector and Certified Renovator employees retired, so I figured I'd take the class myself so we'd be able to keep on top of our much smaller current portfolio of properties. After 30 years of running renovations, sending employees to training and record keeping I thought the class would be a snooze and huge waste of my time. Just be sure, I ordered and read the entire textbook in advance, so I figured there was nothing for me to learn in the class. I was wrong.
The instructor, Robert, was amazingly able to make the dry material interesting and to relate it to real world issues. Just a simple "for instance," he asked "what's in the bottom of your toolbox." At home last night I found at least a quarter inch of dust in my nail bags and bottom of the tool box. As I reached for the air hose to blow it out, I remember what Robert said about using a HEPA vac to clean up the dust instead of blowing air.
And biggest of all, my entire half century of working with lead and lead paints, I learned to think of protective measures in terms of PPE. Robert convincingly showed how environmental and engineering controls can be safer, cheaper and more comfortable.
The class shifted my entire mindset from PPE to not making dust in the first place. This will be useful in just about everything we do, not just lead work. My nailbags are now cleaned and oiled and I found all the little tools that had gotten lost in the debris at the bottom of my tool box.
At one point in the class I thought I'd caught Robert making a mistake or exaggeration. At break I asked him about it. He seemed really interested in my question. He researched and showed me why he was correct.
I highly recommend Robert as an instructor.
10/10 Very informative and responsive to questions.
Instructor did an excellent job. He took his time with each person and explained it until they were able to understand.
I didn't know how harmful it really was to children. Bob did great, taught us the best of his and everyone else's knowledge.