Thursday, July 21, 2016

online (e-learning) RRP Refresher Lead Safety Training Course - Planning Ahead

Dear Certified Renovators,

Per EPA Renovation Repair & Painting Rule, an US EPA accredited training provider is not allowed to provide the online (e-learning) RRP Refresher Lead Safety Training Course certificate to students whose Certified Renovator certificates have expired.

If planned correctly the online (e-learning) RRP Refresher Lead Safety Training Course without hands-on will save contractor(s) money and time.  However, as several students found out, PHS is not able to issue the Certified Renovator certificates without a current previous RRP Initial or Refresher Lead Safety Training Course with Hands-on.  More information for registration is available on how to register for online (e-learning) RRP Refresher Lead Safety Training Course by clicking here.

We look forward in sharing our wealth of experience and knowledge in the lead safety training in this e-learning RRP Certified Renovator course.

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PHS online Lead Safety Training (e-learning Certified Renovator Refresher Course)

Dear Certified Renovators,

Public Health and Safety, Inc. online e-learning Certified Renovator refresher course is available online.  Students may take the course on their time schedule.  Based on the experience of the students that took the class, the lessons learned are summarized on this webpage presented here.

E-Learning EPA Renovator Refresher Course Without Hands-On (Online Lead safety Training)  
You may register for this online CLASS in two ways:
1. VIA our store, once you register you will be added to the  server manually within 24-hours, we will need your birthdate add that in the notes section.  If you register more than one person:  we will need their contact information, including first and last name, address, city, state, zipcode, phone, birthdate, email, etc.  To access the store link click here.

2. Go to the E-LEARNING LINK (Powered by MOODLE):
Register on the site and pay for the class there. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

RRP Reno Website with Links

This is our old website with many forms.  You may reach the RRP Reno website by clicking here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

OSHA Announces New Silica Rules

OSHA Announces New Silica Rules Permitted exposure levels will drop sharply, affecting many parts of the construction world.  The Department of Labor has released long-awaited revisions to rules on worker exposure to silica dust, cutting permissible exposure for millions of workers and setting new requirements for employers. Allowable exposure to silica dust in the construction industry will drop from 250 micrograms per cubic meter to 50 micrograms, averaged over an eight-hour period — a reduction of 80%.
The final rule comes in two parts: one for the construction industry, which takes effect on June 23, 2017, and another for general and maritime industries, which kicks in the following year. In addition to limiting exposure to dust, employers will also be required to provide medical exams once every three years for some workers, and to keep records of instances in which workers are exposed to silica.
The revisions have been years in the making. Silica dust, which can scar lungs and cause diseases such as silicosis and cancer, is produced in a variety of ways in the construction industry — by workers cutting stone and masonry products, for example, and by those working in some manufacturing jobs that use sand. More than 2 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to silica dust, and Labor Secretary Tom Perez said that scientists have known for decades that rules established in the early 1970s were too lax. "We've known for over 40 years that it needed to be strengthened, and it has taken 40 years to strengthen it," Perez told NPR of the exposure limit. "Many people who are going to work right now and breathing unacceptable levels of silica dust are in for a brighter future."
OSHA says that most employers will be able to limit exposure to dust by using widely available equipment that uses water to prevent dust from becoming airborne or ventilation equipment to capture it. The agency also said that it made a number of revisions in the proposed regulation that lessened the burden on employers. The final rule requires employers to:
Provide engineering controls (such as ventilation or water) and adopt work practices to limit exposure
Provide respiratory protection when controls are not capable of limiting exposures to PEL.
Limit access to areas where exposure to dust is likely to be high.
Train workers and provide medical exams to workers who are exposed to high levels of dust.
OSHA added that "a table of specified controls" is included in the rule to make it easier for construction employers, especially small employers, to comply with the regulations without having to monitor exposures. This information is contained in what OSHA calls Table 1 in the final rule. For example, when the employee is using a stationary masonry saw with an integrated system that continuously feeds water to the blade (such as a wet saw for tile), no required respiratory protection is required.
The rule also spells out requirements for workers using handheld saws to cut fibercement board, walkbehind saws, and a variety of other tools and equipment. OSHA spokesman Brian Hawthorne said that the agency heard employers "loud and clear" when they said that they wanted an uncomplicated means of compliance, so OSHA compiled a list of common tasks and how workers should be protected. That list became Table 1.
Hawthorne also encouraged employers to contact their local OSHA offices, where they would find staffers "briefed and available" to help them be ready when the rule takes effect in June 2017.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Mesothelioma Resources Page


You may access the link to a Mesothelioma  Resources Page by clicking here.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

February 10, 2016 -- EPA finalized revisions Renovation Repair and Painting Rule

February 10, 2016, per US EPA Renovator Certification may be done on-line without hands-on online.  
The on-line (e-learning) Renovator Certification is for 3 years from the date of course completion.   To qualify to take this class a Renovator has to have either: 8-hour Renovator Initial training certification with hands-on, or 4-hour Renovator Refresher training with hands-on. 

Taking the course without hands-on training is optional but once a renovator takes the course, their next refresher course must include hands-on training and be taken within 3 years of their previous certification. The certification from taking a course with hands-on training will last for 5 years.

You may read about this by clicking here

Public Health & Safety, Inc. is an US EPA accredited e-Learning Renovation Repair and Painting Refresher Course Training provider.  Register for this e-learning Renovator Refresher Course on-line by clicking here

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water

This is just the tip of the ice(lead)berg

City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water

New water mains in Chicago
More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city.
In a peer-reviewed study, researchers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found alarming levels of the brain-damaging metal can flow out of household faucets for years after construction work disrupts service lines that connect buildings to the city's water system. Nearly 80 percent of the properties in Chicago are hooked up to service lines made of lead.
The study also found the city's testing protocols — based on federal rules — are likely to miss high concentrations of lead in drinking water.
Yet when city officials notify homeowners about new water mains being installed, the letters do not mention potential lead hazards. Residents are advised merely to flush all faucets and hose taps for several minutes after the work is completed to remove any "particulates," a solution EPA scientists and independent experts say is grossly inadequate.
While the crisis in Flint, Mich., is drawing worldwide attention to the disastrous consequences of failing to properly maintain a public water system, the Chicago study highlights a broader problem facing scores of U.S. cities that spent more than a century installing lead pipes to deliver drinking water.
Most older cities, including Chicago, add corrosion-fighting chemicals to the water supply that form a protective coating inside pipes. Officials in Flint stopped the treatment in an ill-advised attempt to cut costs. The EPA study and other research shows the anti-corrosion treatment also can be thwarted when street work, plumbing repairs or changes in water chemistry disrupts the coating, causing alarming levels of lead to leach from service lines.
"If you don't disturb the service line, it works pretty well," said Miguel Del Toral, an EPA water expert who led the Chicago study and played a key role in exposing what went wrong in Flint. "We need to do a better job telling people how to protect themselves when it doesn't."
Instead of cautioning Chicagoans they could be exposed to a potent neurotoxin in their drinking water, top city officials have repeatedly assured elected officials and residents there is nothing to worry about, even as Emanuel pushes to overhaul the city's century-old water system.
"I am taking this opportunity to set the record straight," Thomas Powers, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Water Management, wrote in a October 2013 letter to aldermen in response to Del Toral's EPA study. "Chicago water is absolutely safe to drink and meets or exceeds all standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois EPA."
Annual "consumer confidence" reports sent to homeowners also don't mention potential lead hazards. In a note accompanying the reports, Emanuel says it is crucial to replace leaky water mains and improve conservation efforts "to continue our city's reputation for high quality, good-tasting water."
When questioned about water quality, officials say the city complies with the Lead and Copper Rule, a 1991 federal edict that created an elaborate set of procedures to test drinking water for those heavy metals. But the federal rule requires only 50 homes be tested every three years in Chicago, a city of 2.7 million people with more lead service lines than any other U.S. municipality.
Moreover, the rules require utilities to check only the first liter of water drawn in the morning. The EPA study found that although the first liter often is lead-free, high levels of the toxic metal can flow through taps for several minutes afterward, depending in part on the length of the service line between the home and street.
The water doesn't need to look or smell strange, either, as it did in Flint for more than a year.
The Flint crisis has made the hazards of lead pipes a national issue. But the Department of Water Management is doing even less to caution residents than it did a few months ago. Since October, the department has been sending homeowners a two-page handout before water mains are replaced that is missing any reference to lead.
An earlier version referred to "lead particulates" rather than just "particulates." But it was buried in a longer handout, after a plug for Emanuel's Building a New Chicago program and a list of historical events that occurred around the time the original water main was installed.
A department spokesman declined to make officials available for comment. In a statement Friday, the department said, "Chicago water is safe and pure, exceeding standards set by the U.S. EPA, Illinois EPA and the drinking water industry. It would be premature and inappropriate for the city to change its testing guidelines without official federal guidance and instruction."
City officials have repeatedly questioned Del Toral's 2013 study, saying the findings are "far from scientifically established."
Published in a respected scientific journal, the study was intended to influence a long-running debate about the Lead and Copper Rule.
After years of hearings, a group of EPA advisers issued a report in December that concluded the current rule masks widespread but little known threats to public health. In a separate report, a utility trade group said that if cities tested accurately up to 96 million Americans could be drinking lead-contaminated water.
The only way to guarantee the public is protected is to make it a national priority to remove lead service lines altogether, the EPA panel concluded. "Revisions to the (rule) alone are not sufficient to address this critical issue," the panel wrote in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
"The removal of all lead service lines will require significant financial resources and time," the letter to McCarthy said. "During this time it is essential to have in place a robust effort of consumer education and engagement to ensure protection from exposure to lead in drinking water."
Lead generally isn't found in municipal water systems until it flows into service lines from treatment plants and street mains. Long after other cities stopped connecting homes with lead service lines, Chicago kept requiring them under the city's plumbing code. Any home in the city built before 1986, the year lead pipes were banned nationwide, could have one.
The EPA says any household with a lead service line should flush pipes for three to five minutes any time water hasn't been used for several hours — not just one time after street work or plumbing repairs as the city advises in handouts to homeowners.

Chicagoans at risk of exposure to lead

Two simple ways to do that are to take a shower or do a load of laundry. Before drawing water to drink or to prepare baby formula, faucets should be flushed for another 35 to 45 seconds to clear any remaining water sitting in the home's pipes, according to the EPA's recommendations.
For greater protection, EPA officials and other experts suggest purchasing water-filtering pitchers or installing devices on kitchen sinks that are certified to screen out lead. NSF International, a nonprofit standards organization, lists certified productson its website under the heading "Consumer Resources."
Today the only Chicagoans who get that kind of advice from city officials are the few dozen who collect samples of their tap water every three years to help the Department of Water Management comply with the federal testing mandate. More than half of the 103 properties tested since 2003 are owned by department employees or retirees, according to a Tribune review of property tax, deed and employment records.
Most are in neighborhoods on the far Northwest and Southwest Sides, including Norwood Park, Edison Park, Beverly and Mount Greenwood, which see few cases of lead poisoning.
When the department sends letters informing those select homeowners of their results, it includes thorough advice to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water, regardless of whether the tests found anything wrong.
Among the suggested options: "You may want to consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter."
Banning lead in paint and phasing it out of gasoline has led to a steady decline in childhood lead poisoning. But a 2015 Tribune investigation revealed it remains a pernicious problem in the same poor, predominantly African-American neighborhoods on the West and South sides that have given Chicago a national reputation for violence and academic failure.
Exposure to even small amounts of lead can permanently damage the developing brains of children, lowering IQ and increasing the risk of learning disabilities, aggression and criminal behavior later in life.
Children typically are poisoned by ingesting the dust of flaking lead paint that remains in thousands of older homes. But given the widespread use of lead pipes, many experts say it is urgent that cities focus on potential threats from drinking water.
"There is a price to be paid for scientific misconduct, and unfortunately it is borne by the poorest amongst us, not by its perpetrators," Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech researcher who has played a major role in the Flint investigation, testified last week before a congressional committee. "We have to get this problem fixed, and fast, so that these agencies can live up to their noble vision and once again be worthy of the public trust."
Chicago Tribune's Jennifer Smith Richards contributed.
Copyright © 2016, Chicago Tribune

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