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A workshop for builders

Organization hopes to raise awareness of changes to rules

Posted: April 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Building Industry Association of Southern California wants to help make contractors aware of recent rule changes by offering a local lead-safe and certification class May 31 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Home Depot on Newhall Ranch Road in Santa Clarita.

A 2010 Environmental Protection Agency rule change requires construction firms  working with lead-based paint to become EPA-certified.

The EPA now requires any contractor or maintenance staff — including plumbers, electricians and painters — that disturb more than 6 square feet of lead paint to be Lead-Safe Certified. Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

Disturbing more than 6 square feet can involve replacing windows or any demolition or renovation work done in a home, school or daycare center built before 1978, before lead paint was outlawed.

“We think the awareness of these rules is pretty low. The EPA was holding off on enforcement,” said Holly Schroeder, CEO of the BIASC’s Los Angeles/Ventura chapter.

The BIASC formed partnership with Criterion Environmental, she said. People will get six hours of classroom training and two hours of hands-on activity.

“And they will get a certification card at the end of the class,” Schroeder said.

All sectors of the building industry have been challenged for the past several years, and rules have changed during this time, she said. Firms need certifications. Being certified will help contractors compete against non-certified peers when bidding for jobs.

People are starting to get more optimistic about what the future holds and may be more willing to attend sessions now whereas a couple years ago they couldn’t afford the time to attend, Schroeder said. People are starting to think about the future.

“Part of our job is to help them be ready and prepare for the requirements,” she said.

To learn more or to register, visit or call 866- 938-3784. 


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