Renovation contractors, maintenance workers and painters who work on pre-1978 housing facilities will have an opportunity to participate in certified lead renovator training offered by the College of Technology at The University of Montana.
The two-day training will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 17-18, at the COT campuses. The first day will feature a lecture and certification test from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room HB 01 on the East Campus, located at 909 South Ave. W. The second day will feature a hands-on workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Campus, located at 3639 South Ave. W.
The course costs $200 for UM COT students and $240 for nonstudents. Registration and payment are required by Tuesday, Jan. 10. A registration form that participants can mail or fax in is available online at http://www.cte.umt.edu/outreach/lead_2012.aspx.
Regulations issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency require contractors to have a certified renovator on board for all projects taking place in residential or child-occupied facilities built before 1978, as they may contain lead-based paints and other coatings.
Responsibilities of certified renovators include performing and directing lead-safe work practices, using EPA-recognized test kits to identify lead-based paint and maintaining containment areas to minimize the spread of dust. The COT training course will address these and other responsibilities.
The Montana Weatherization Training Center, an entity of Montana State University Extension, will provide the training, which is sponsored by the COT’s Outreach Office.