The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was required to issue requirements for training of supervisors and workers dealing with lead abatement as part of Title X legislation. What resulted was development of an "EPA Model Curriculum," which training providors would need to follow.
States were given the option of instituting their own licensing/accreditation programs by 1999 or to follow Federal Guidelines. Maryland enacted training requirements in 1996 and contained in the Maryland Code of Regulations (COMAR) 26.16.01. This code defines categories and methods of accreditation for abatement workers and supervisors.
|DETAIL A: TYPES OF ACCREDITATIONS|
The Maryland system contains five classes, with details about what class of licensee can do what kind of work.
|REMOVAL & DEMOLITION SUPERVISOR|
|Can provide oversight on residential lead paint abatement projects, including removal, demolition, maintenance and repainting.|
|MAINTENANCE & REPAINTING SUPERVISOR|
|Can only provide oversight on maintenance and repainting projects.|
|STRUCTURAL STEEL SUPERVISOR|
|Provides oversight on structural steel related projects only.|
|Allowed to work on building projects.|
|STRUCTURAL STEEL WORKER|
|Allowed to work on structural steel projects.|
|DETAIL B: TRAINING REQUIREMENTS|
|Initial training course|
|Refresher course every two years|
|(Companies are also required to get a Lead Paint Abatement Services Contractor License. Single person operations are not required to get this license)|
|Fees range from $100-$125 (every two years)|
|DETAIL C: POINTS TO CONSIDER|
|Removal of lead paint|
|Removal of lead contaminated dust|
|Containment or encapsulation of lead paint|
|Replacement of lead painted surfaces or fixtures|
|Removal or covering of lead contaminated soil|
There is still a lot of question as to when work qualifies as abatement under the loose definition on the books. Current interpretations of the Maryland definition is if the "intent" of the work is to abate lead-based paint or hazards, then it is considered abatement.
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