Lead Clearance Examiner

  • 1.0 Full Days
  • Continuing Education: 0.8 CEU

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Clearance Examination

"Clearance Examination" is a procedure for ensuring that a job site is left in a lead-safe condition. U.S. EPA requires it after all lead abatement projects. U.S. HUD requires it in federally-owned/federally-financed lead abatement and interim control projects [the HUD equivalent of an EPA renovation project]. It is a more stringent test than the "Swiffer" test specified in the current U.S. EPA RRP Rule. Clearance is also allowed on RRP projects by a Clearance Sampling Technician.

Paint (and coatings like varnish, stains) in residences ("target housing") and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 are presumed by U.S. EPA and U.S. HUD to contain lead-based paint (LBP). When projects disturbing LBP are performed in federally-assisted or federally-owned target housing, HUD requires that a clearance examination be conducted before payment of the contractor and removal of protections. In abatement (permanent removal of LBP hazards) such clearance examinations must only be performed by licensed inspectors or risk assessors. For HUD interim control projects, a state-licensed clearance examiner (EPA sampling technician) may perform the work.

Certification Information: HUD requires that persons performing clearance examinations after interim controls must possess valid state certification but does not specify which state. Indiana certifies clearance examiners but does not require the use of clearance examiners. The Indiana certification fee is $150 for a three year license. Refresher training is required every three years. Contact: the Indiana Lead and Healthy Homes Program. (https://www.in.gov/isdh/24707.htm)

Participants Receive

  • U.S. EPA course manual
  • U.S. EPA Lead Sampling Technician Field Guide
  • Institute supplemental materials
  • Classroom training
  • Hands-on experience in:
    • Assessing level of cleanup achieved
    • Preparing a clearance report

Course Features

  • Hazards of lead and lead-based paint
  • OSHA, HUD, and EPA Requirements for lead-based paint work in target housing and child-occupied facilities
  • Procedures for working safely with lead-based paint
  • Required course examination