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Free lead renovation training offered in Schuyler County

Schuyler County Public Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has announced a Lead Renovator Training session scheduled for April 25, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls. The training, funded by Cornell University’s Industrial Labor Relations School, aims to certify area professionals in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Renovation Repair and Paint Initial Certification without any cost to participants. This initiative seeks to enhance lead-safe renovation practices in the community.

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Brook Heichel, the Lead Program Coordinator at Schuyler County Public Health, emphasized the importance of the training for those involved in renovations of older homes and the construction industry. The session will include eight hours of both classroom instruction and hands-on activities, concluding with an examination. The training targets contractors, plumbers, electricians, and painters who work in environments where lead-based paint, prevalent in homes built before 1978, might be disturbed.

This educational effort reflects a broader commitment to reducing lead exposure in the community, particularly in older homes that pose a higher risk. Schuyler County Public Health, along with the Finger Lakes Lead Coalition and instructor Art Wheaton from Cornell University, encourages eligible professionals to register for the training. This initiative underscores the importance of safeguarding families from the dangers of lead through informed and responsible renovation practices.