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Environmental Training

 The following is an overview of valuable environmental training available through the network. RHA is not offering environmental training directly to members at this time. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Lead Training

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised its Lead-Based Paint Renovation and Repair Regulations and now requires property owners and management companies to implement lead-safe work practices and certification training for paid contractors and maintenance professionals working in pre-1978 housing. 
 

 

The Rental Housing Association, in conjunction with the California apartment Association, is now offering the mandatory EPA-accredited training course that will certify workers as required under the new law for anyone who disturbs lead-coated surfaces during repair or renovation of pre-1978 housing. Specifically, any company that employs workers who perform tasks covered by this rule must be accredited, and then must be registered as a Certified Renovation Firm with the EPA. 
 
Given EPA’s increased enforcement activities, which include the revocation of a certification for failing to adhere to lead-safe supervision, it is recommended that property management companies and owners who employee maintenance personnel insure that a significant proportion of their maintenance staff be “Certified Renovators.” 
 
 

Asbestos Training

If your building was built prior to 1981, it is presumed by regulators to be constructed with asbestos-containing materials. Newer construction after 1981 may also include some building materials containing asbestos.
Cal-OSHA Asbestos Construction Standard 8 CCR 1529(k)(9)(E) mandates training for Class III Competent Worker which shall include “hands on” training and consist of at least 16 hours.
 
This two-day comprehensive asbestos training course is for employees who have the possibility of coming into contact with Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) that may be accidentally disturbed. It provides attendees with practices for maintaining ACM in good condition ensuring clean-up of previously released asbestos fibers and minimizing exposure to building occupants. It includes Federal and State regulations; proper asbestos-related work practices; respirator user, care, and fit testing; protective clothing; hands-on exercises; and proper decontamination
procedures. Protect your staff and your property with this essential course.
 
Upon  completion of this course, the Class III Competent Worker may safely perform maintenance operations that may likely disturb asbestos, and is capable of identifying existing asbestos hazards in the workplace. 
 
 
 

 

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