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Broome County Health Department Partnering with Broome Tioga BOCES

posted Mar 17, 2015, 6:25 AM by Josie Maroney
(Binghamton, NY) - The Broome County Health Department is partnering with Broome Tioga BOCES to bring specialized Lead Renovator training to its Building Trades Class. On March 19-20, twenty men and women will participate in training designed to educate participants about lead-based paint in older homes. With classroom instruction and hands-on activities they will learn:
  • Why lead-based paint is a problem during renovations
  • What the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires of those working in homes built before 1978
  • How to work in a lead safe way
  • How to protect themselves and the occupants of a  home in which they are working
In 2010, the EPA instituted Renovation, Repair and Painting laws that require this training for anyone receiving compensation for work which disturbs paint in homes built before 1978. Not just painters, but carpenters, electricians, roofers, window installers, and others need to know how to work safely. The Lead Renovator certification is valuable with more savvy employers and consumers expecting employees and contractors to know how to work safely.

Lead causes serious health and developmental problems for people. Young children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to lead. Lead is a neurotoxin. It can cause irreversible changes to the brain that lead to cognitive disabilities, behavioral issues, and even violent behavior.

Broome County has active Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs. They house Lead Renovator classes at the Broome County Health Department every month for a fee. If you are a contractor or person who wants to know how to work safely on an older home, call 607-778-2847 for more information.

Source: Broome County Health Department, March 16, 2015.