DESCRIPTION OF THE STRATEGY
Systematic, ongoing lead safety training opportunities can remove barriers to safe remediation. Agencies that conduct regular training in lead-safe work practices for property owners, including those cited for code violations, will remove the often-utilized excuse that “no training is available.” Where other delivery systems are absent, health department personnel may be able to conduct such lead-safe work practices trainings.
Property owners will be provided additional opportunities to be trained in lead-safe work practices.
As more property owners are trained in lead-safe work practices, creation or exacerbation of lead-based paint hazards will decrease, lowering the risk of childhood exposure to lead hazards.
If required for property owners cited for code violations, this strategy can provide a useful, alternative enforcement mechanism. Instead of levying fines which may never be paid, an enforcement agency can put primary prevention tools in the hands of those who need them most.
Scope of Potential Impact
City - or - County - Wide
This strategy is not staff-intensive. An experienced trainer will be needed one or two days a month.
Other resource requirements:
Lead-safe work practices training materials will be necessary.
Where applicable, instructors certified or accredited in lead-safe work practices training will be required.
This strategy will incur modest costs by running an ongoing training program. Costs to property owners will be minimal or non-existent.
This strategy will require planning and organization, especially if coordination among state or local agencies is involved. After initial implementation, however, training courses can be offered at any time. Departments or organizations facilitating training projects may find that evening and weekend trainings are better attended.
Very high. Training strategies are generally very feasible.
Tying lead-safe work practices training to code enforcement may prove to be a challenge in some jurisdictions, as enforcement agencies may prefer to rely exclusively on fines. There may also be a lack of interest in ongoing training programs on the part of property owners, or a lack of time to attend such training.