On October 27, 2015 EPA announced 75 enforcement actions from the past year that require renovation contractors and training providers to protect people from harmful exposure to lead dust and debris, as required by EPA’s Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) regulations. Read the press release. Be sure to stay current with certification and training requirements and to work lead-safe!
Training Course Notification
As you know EPA requires accredited training programs to notify the Agency prior to, and following completion of lead-based paint renovator and dust sampling technician courses. Currently, about 80% of these submissions are done online using EPA’s CDX system. Submission via CDX is quick, easy and free.
If you’re new to CDX, you’ll need a customer retrieval key, which you can obtain by calling the CDX helpdesk at 1-888-890-1995. Once you have the customer retrieval key, go to the CDX website, complete your registration, and start submitting notice online today.
Apply Now to Expand into E-Learning
On January 14, 2015, EPA published a proposal to eliminate the requirement for hands-on training in the renovator refresher course. A final decision on the proposal will be made early this year. If the Agency decides to eliminate the requirement for hands-on training in the renovator refresher course, training providers would be able to teach the class entirely online without the need for conducting the hands-on skill sets in a classroom. Training providers that are accredited for the current version of e-learning renovator refresher course would not have to apply for an additional accreditation in order to teach the online training without hands-on learning. Their accreditation for the current version of the e-learning refresher training would allow them to teach the online refresher if the hands-on requirement is eliminated. Apply here.
Change to application process
Effective September 15, 2015 EPA will no longer offer the option of submitting lead program applications by mail. This applies to all individual, firm and trainer applications required by EPA’s lead renovation and abatement programs. After that date all applications, payments, updates and certificate replacement requests will be done online using the Agency’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) system. This change is part of an Agency effort to decrease cost and increase efficiency. Although this option was only recently added for individuals and trainers, it has been available to firms for some time. At present, nearly 90% of firm applications are submitted online. Acceptable methods for payments online include credit card, debit card, or electronic check.
Renovator training expiration extended
EPA has extended the training expiration date for many individual certified renovators. This was done so if the proposed changes to recertification training of January 2015 are finalized, many more renovators will be able to take advantage of those changes. Affected expiration dates are based on when the previous course was taken.
EPA will not be issuing new course completion certificates or other documentation to renovators saying their expiration was extended. If an employer or customer has questions about the extension the renovator can print out this guidance and show it to them, or have them call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-5323.
Note: The extensions do not apply to firm certifications.
It has come to our attention that some renovation firms have trained employees but the firm itself is not certified. While student training is an important aspect of the regulation, all businesses providing regulated renovation activities must be certified (even sole proprietorships). Firm certification involves the submission of an application and fee to EPA. Please help us and your students by emphasizing that training is only one step of the certification process, and that the firms they work for must also be certified.