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Training offered for lead removal

October 6, 2012
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The city's Urban Projects Office is facilitating a five-day training course in November for area contractors interested in lead abatement.

According to Craig Creamer, construction specialist and rehabilitation coordinator for the city, the five-day training program is designed for residential housing rehabilitation contractors, general contractors, project designers and policy makers.

"Anyone who works with lead abatement and every contractor should have the lead abatement training. The reason we are facilitating the training is to help local contractors to be eligible for state certification and to generate a longer list for our contractor list. The qualified contractors will be eligible for government projects and will comply with the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulations," said Creamer.

"We haven't had this type of training available locally for some time. So we requested the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development set up the training here in Steubenville. The cost of the five-day training is only $100, which is a very good price. Similar training by a for-profit training instructor could cost between $700 and $900 for the same five-day course. The training will be held at the Historic Fort Steuben Convention and Visitors Bureau," explained Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi.

"All contractors interested in signing up for the training should contact the COAD office in Athens at (740) -594-8499 or e-mail the office at," added Petrossi.

"Obtaining this training is the first step toward receiving a late abatement certification from the state of Ohio. That increases the contractor's qualifications and provides the contractor with more qualifications when they are seeking work," noted Petrossi.

"All residents built prior to 1978 are considered to have lead paint that requires a certified abatement contractor. This is substantial training that will help contractors be able to do additional work," said Creamer.

"By holding the training here in Steubenville our area contractors won't have to travel and to lodge their employees overnight for a week," added Creamer.

Petrossi urged interested contractors to register for the program as soon as possible because space is limited.

"The contact representatives at the COAD office are G. H. Runevitch and Michelle Turner. They will be able to answer questions about the training program," Petrossi said.

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