LaHouse offers lead-safe renovator refresher class July 21

(07/15/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will hold a Lead-Certified Renovator refresher class on July 21 for previously certified contractors who need to renew their expiring certification.

Contractors who work on pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities are required by the EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule to be certified and use lead-safe work practices.

“Even very low levels of lead in children can cause irreversible damage to developing brains and other organs, said Claudette Reichel, AgCenter extension housing specialist. “It can lead to learning and behavior disorders, impaired hearing, and other developmental health effects without any symptoms of poisoning.”

The risk for lead poisoning is especially high when home repairs and remodeling activities disturb lead paint, Reichel said.

“The most important reason to use lead-safe work practices is to protect children and workers from the serious health hazards of lead,” she said. “In addition, non-compliance with RRP also puts the contractor at risk of substantial EPA penalties and liability in the event of lead poisoning.”

Upon completion of the half-day class, attendees may take the RRP certification exam on the same day. LaHouse is an approved trainer through EnviroEd, a nationwide EPA accredited RRP training provider.

The class also qualifies for CEUs for Louisiana Residential Contractors.

Course registration includes the course booklet, hands-on activities and exam. Participants who pass the exam will receive official EPA certificates from EnviroEd.

Registration, course fees and further information about the class and the RRP rule are available at and clicking on Lead Certified Renovator Training.

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7/5/2016 9:20:19 PM
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