In July 2008, The Monmouth County Health Department received grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to implement the Lead Education and Outreach (LEO) program in the counties of Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Mercer. We are collaborating with the Central New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortium to achieve the program goals and objectives.
The purpose of the Lead Education and Outreach program for 2009 is to increase New Jersey residents’ awareness of key lead-based paint issues, such as:
- The need for blood lead screening
- The housing conditions which contribute to the deterioration of lead-based paint and create hazards to the home occupants
- How residents can live safely with lead-based paint
- Programs available to assist New Jersey residents
- How to submit applications for financial assistance through the Lead Hazard Control Assistance Fund
The New Jersey Community Colleges through the Consortium have been approved by EPA and NJ DCA as the accredited training provider for the EPA/HUD Renovation, Repair and Painting Program. The Consortium in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association is offering a comprehensive series of training courses to meet the federal and state requirements for NJ contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects and multiple dwelling owners and maintenance staff that may disturb lead based paint in pre-1978 homes, child-care facilities and schools. Contractors must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Firms must use certified renovators who are trained by EPA approved providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Renovators include renovation contractors, maintenance workers in multi-family housing, painters and other specialty trades.
The training through the NJ community colleges has been subsidized by the NJ Department of Community Affairs to reduce the training costs for NJ contractors and their workers. The training has been packaged to provide 4 certificates to attendees in one combined 20 hour class for the low subsidized tuition of $190 per person plus $72 for text and materials.
The combined package includes:
- EPA Model Renovator Initial Certificate
- EPA Dust Sampling Technician Certificate
- NJ DCA Rules & Regulations Certificate
- OSHA Hazardous Communications Certificate
Register at: http://shop.njworkforce.org/
For additional information about this program, please contact: