Lead Abatement Worker

Department of Public Health

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A lead abatement worker conducts lead abatement under the supervision of a lead abatement contractor. “Lead abatement” means any measure or set of measures designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards in a residential dwelling or child-occupied facility. Lead abatement includes, but is not limited to, (1) the removal of lead-based paint and dust-lead hazards, the permanent enclosure or encapsulation of lead-based paint, the replacement of lead-painted surfaces or fixtures, and the removal or covering of soil-lead hazards and (2) all preparation, cleanup, disposal, repainting or refinishing, and postabatement clearance testing activities associated with such measures. Lead abatement specifically includes projects for which there is a written contract or other documentation, which provides that an individual will be conducting lead abatement in or around a residential dwelling or child-occupied facility. In addition, lead abatement includes, but is not limited to, (1) projects for which there is a written contract or other document, which provides that an individual will be conducting activities in or to a residential dwelling or child-occupied facility that shall result in or are designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards, (2) projects resulting in the permanent elimination of lead-based paint hazards that are conducted by firms or individuals certified under 641—70.5(135), (3) projects resulting in the permanent elimination of lead-based paint hazards that are conducted by firms or individuals who, through their company name or promotional literature, represent, advertise, or hold themselves out to be in the business of performing lead-based paint abatement, and (4) projects resulting in the permanent elimination of lead-based paint that are conducted in response to a lead abatement order. However, in the case of items (1) through (4) of this definition, abatement does not include renovation, remodeling, landscaping, or other activities, when such activities are not designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards, but, instead, are designed to repair, restore, or remodel a given structure or dwelling, even though these activities may incidentally result in a reduction or elimination of lead-based paint hazards. Furthermore, lead abatement does not include interim controls, operations and maintenance activities, or other measures and activities designed to temporarily, but not permanently, reduce lead-based paint hazards.

Code Citation Code of Iowa, Chapter 135.105A

Who Applies Any individual who conducts lead abatement in target housing or child-occupied facilities.

When To Apply Before lead abatement activities begin.

Initial Requirements Applicants must complete an Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) approved training program. To be approved for the training of lead abatement worker, a course must be at least 24 instructional training hours with a minimum of 8 hours devoted to hands-on activities and shall cover at least the following subjects (requirements ending in an asterisk (*) indicate areas that require hands-on activities as an integral component of the course): a. Role and responsibilities of a lead abatement contractor. b. Background information on lead and its adverse health effects, how children and adults are exposed to lead, and how to prevent lead exposure in children and adults. c. Background information on federal, state, and local regulations and guidance that pertain to lead-based paint and lead-based paint activities. d. Liability and insurance issues relating to lead abatement. e. Identification of lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards.* f. Interpretation of lead inspection reports.* g. Development and implementation of an occupant protection plan and lead abatement report. h. Respiratory protection and protective clothing.* i. Employee information and training. j. Approved methods for conducting lead abatement and interim controls.* k. Prohibited methods for conducting lead abatement and interim controls. l. Interior dust abatement and cleanup.* m. Soil and exterior dust abatement and cleanup.* n. Clearance standards and testing, including random sampling. o. Cleanup and waste disposal. p. Record keeping. q. The course shall conclude with a course test and, if applicable, a hands-on skills assessment. The student must achieve a score of at least 80 percent on the examination and successfully complete the hands-on skills assessment to successfully complete the course. r. The instructor shall provide each student with instructions and forms needed to apply to the department for certification and information provided by the department regarding the state certification examination.

Duration 3-years.

Processing Time Two weeks.

Fee Structure Application: $180 Renewal: $180 Exam: None

Renewal Requirements For certification renewal, applicants must complete an IDPH approved 8-hour refresher course every three years. The refresher course shall cover at least the following subjects: a. A review of the curriculum topics of the initial certification course for the appropriate discipline as listed in sub rules 70.4(3) to 70.4(14). b. An overview of current safety practices relating to lead-based paint activities in general, as well as specific information pertaining to the appropriate discipline. c. Current laws and regulations relating to lead-based paint activities in general, as well as specific information pertaining to the appropriate discipline. d. Current technologies relating to lead-based paint activities in general, as well as specific information pertaining to the appropriate discipline. e. The course shall conclude with a course test and, if applicable, a hands-on skills assessment. The student must achieve a score of at least 80 percent on the examination and successfully complete the hands-on skills assessment to successfully complete the course.

Exam No examination is required at this time.

Additional Information Any individual who conducts lead abatement in target housing or child-occupied facilities.

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Contact Information
Kane Young
Address
Lucas State Office Bldg
321 E 12th St
Des Moines, IA 50319