FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2004
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City Housing Agency Launches Lead Education Program to Help Residential Building Owners, Managers and Workers Comply with Lead Paint Hazard Reduction Law
HPD Commissioner Shaun Donovan and staff cut the ribbon for the Lead Education Program. For a high-resolution image, click here.
NYC Housing Development and Preservation Department (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan officially opened the agency's Lead Education Program for housing professionals, contractors, and building workers. Located on the seventh floor of Brooklyn Municipal Building at 210 Joralemon Street, the school offers fourteen courses to help the housing industry navigate rules and regulations associated with the Local Law 1 of 2004, a new law designed to prevent lead poisoning in children that took effect on August 2nd.
"We are committed to helping our colleagues in the housing industry understand and carry out their responsibilities under the new Local Law 1," said HPD Commissioner Donovan as he inspected new classrooms and video equipment. "Our lead-related curriculum covers every aspect of the law from identifying lead hazards to the correct and legal methods of abating and remediating them, and our courses are either free or priced below the usual industry rates."
One student, who took the three-hour Lead Awareness course is Winston Roaché, an experienced property manager of family shelters, who declared, "It was an interesting and effective presentation. I appreciated the detail. The first time I heard about the new law, I was confused about the requirements, but now I'm clear about what I need to do to comply."
Lead paint has been banned by local law since 1960 and by federal law since 1978, but because 60% of New York City's housing stock was built before 1947, lead paint remains a concern. The newest version of Local Law 1 contains expansive obligations including annual inspections, testing, and specialized training for workers making repairs not typically associated with lead paint in multiple dwellings constructed prior to 1960 with children under the age of seven years. (In some cases buildings built between 1960 and 1978 are also covered.) To facilitate implementation of the new law, HPD's Housing Education Services has expanded its curriculum to include fourteen courses related specifically to lead paint hazard reduction. Included in the offerings described in the red, white and blue Course Guide 2003-2004 are courses to teach the safe work practices required for repairs of more than two square feet per room (about the size of a 25" television screen) and to prepare candidates for the EPA certification required for workers doing certain types of repairs.
Courses are now taught at the Brooklyn location. Two additional sites are expected to open shortly, and the agency will begin simulcasting courses via an interactive system this fall to allow participants to go to satellite classrooms in Manhattan at Hunter College and Manhattan Community College; in Queens at LaGuardia College; and in the Bronx at Lehman College.
For more information about Local Law 1 of 2004 or a Housing Education Services Course Guide , call 311 or log on to www.nyc.gov/hpd Applicants may register for courses on line.
HPD is the nation's largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. A major responsibility of the agency is to encourage the preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs and enforcement of housing quality standards.