Cashing In with RRP Skills: Lead Inspector, Risk Assessor and Lead Sampling Technicians

We all know the players for RRP – The Certified Firm who conducts the business with the homeowner or tenant, the Certified Renovator who is trained to actually do the containment work and cleanup and the Worker who is an on-the-job trained helper who can do containment but needs documented training and supervision of the Certified Renovator. With the new testing requirements promised to be in play this July, where sampling will probably replace the standard RRP Clearance testing with the card, there are three additional professionals that will be needed to fully comply. Each has required hours of class and hands on training which can be found on the www.epa.gov website. LEAD INSPECTOR Conducts surface-by-surface investigations to determine the presence of lead-based paint in buildings before, during and after lead-based paintwork. Performs inspections, clearance testing after abatement, samples paint, dust and soil, prepares reports explaining results of investigations. The training course typically spans 3 days with 8 hours of hands-on exercises. RISK ASSESSOR Performs all the duties of an Inspector, and in addition, evaluates the types and severity of lead-based paint hazards before, during and after lead-based paintwork. Performs inspections, lead hazard screens, risk assessments, clearance testing after abatement, samples paint, dust and soil, interprets sample testing results, explains options for reducing lead-based paint hazards. The training course spans 5 days with extensive hands-on exercises. LEAD SAMPLING TECHNICIANS HUD’s regulation allows certified sampling technicians (called "clearance technicians" in the HUD regulation) to conduct clearance testing on pre-1978 residential dwellings that receive Federal financial assistance or are sold by the Federal government that include any disturbance to surfaces containing lead. The Lead Sampling Technicians are not permitted to conduct clearance after abatement activities; only certified risk assessors or inspectors can perform such post-abatement testing in accordance with EPA’s 402 regulations. HUD’s clearance requirements also permit individuals trained, but not certified, as sampling/clearance technicians to conduct clearance examinations if they work under the supervision of a certified risk assessor or inspector. In states where EPA is administering the 402/404 program, EPA will permit sampling technicians who are trained and/or certified in other states to conduct clearance testing following renovation, and conduct non-abatement clearance in accordance with HUD regulations, and collect lead dust sampling in other settings such as pre-sale home inspections, unit turnovers, or at the request of homeowners. Training is one day (8 hours). In addition to their place in RRP now and in the future, there is the opportunity to train or become trained in these skills. The need will be there.

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