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