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Reducing Lead Hazards during Renovation

Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.

Course Outline

The purpose of this course is to help reduce lead exposure when conducting home renovation and remodeling activities.

This course provides step-by-step instructions and illustrations, which explain and show what you need to do to protect you and your clients if you are working in older housing that could contain lead paint. The listed procedures will reduce the amount of lead dust inhaled and explain how to clean up lead dust once the project is completed.

Most homes built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint. Lead- based paint is more common and was used more extensively in homes built before 1950. This course will alert you to the hazards involved in handling lead-based painted surfaces and will provide useful methods you can use to reduce or eliminate exposures to lead.

This course is not intended for use as a guide for lead-based paint abatement procedures. Unlike remodeling and renovation activities, abatement is a process used only to address lead-based paint hazards. EPA has promulgated regulations for certification and training of professionals engaged in lead abatement.

This course is based entirely on "Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling your Home" EPA publication - EPA 747-K-97-001. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.

Learning Objective

This course reviews the following topics:

Intended Audience

This course is ideal for engineers or architects who involved in a residential renovation project. Whether you are specifying the required procedures, or overseeing the work of renovation professionals, using the described practices will help keep lead dust levels lower during the project and protect all of the people involved with the project.v

Course Introduction

This course will review suggested methods suggested by the EPA, to reduced lead contamination, which can occur during renovation and construction activities.

Course Content

This course is based entirely on the "Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home" EPA publication - EPA 747-K-97-001.

The link to the course materials is as follows:

Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home

You need to open or download above document to study this course.

Course Summary

At the completion of this class the design professional should understand the basic principles, and procedures that should be followed during renovation work in areas which may contain lead paint.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.