Deadline Looming for Lead-Paint Certification

September 10, 2010

There is still time for professionals to get certified before the new EPA rules go into effect regarding lead-based paint in older homes.

Starting October 1, the new guidelines state that anyone undergoing renovations, repairs or painting projects in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 must follow specific work practices to minimize the exposure to lead or there will be consequences.

Anyone performing a task that disturbs painted surfaces must obtain this new lead-paint certification. This applies to remodelers, painters, dry-wallers, electricians, plumbers, window installers, carpenters and general contractors.

Those who does not comply with these new EPA rules can receive:

*Fines up to $32,500 per offense

*Additional criminal fines of $32,500

*Jail time

Guess this is pretty serious.

There are two upcoming classes, so get on it before October 1!

Upcoming classes:

What: Northern Illinois Home Builders Association Lead-Paint Certification Training Course

When: Thursday, September 16; 8:3o a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: NIHBA office, 3695 Darlene Ct., Suite 102, Aurora

Cost: $225; includes lunch and materials

Register: Call (630) 978-9000 or e-mail

Visit: for more information

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What: Humecki Studios Illinois-EPA Certified RRP Training Class

When: Wednesday, September 15; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: DoubleTree Hotel, 5000 West 127th St., Alsip

Cost: $250; $175 for SouthWest Suburban Home Builders Association members

Register:; Pre-registration is required and there will be no on-site registration.

Humecki Studios will be offering more classes, so stay tuned to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum for details on those and any other available lead-paint certification opportunities.

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