Environmental Issues/ Lead Paint Awareness Course Syllabus

Course Description

Human activity has been impacting the environment for thousands of years. Industrial, chemical, and energy related waste materials have had an exponential effect on the environment. It has only been in the last 50 years or so that environmental laws have been enacted to protect public health, safety and welfare, as well as preserving natural resources.  These and other issues have made environmental law more and more prevalent in real estate transactions and litigation, as opposing groups seek to contain and remediate costs associated with contaminated sites and similar issues.

Traditional renovation work can create significant dust-lead hazards if lead-based paint is disturbed. Contaminated dust generated by traditional renovation work can cause lead poisoning in children, pregnant women, healthy adults, and even pets. Practical changes in work practices can minimize and contain dust. The use of lead-safe work practices makes the job safer and reduces liability exposure. This course will teach you how to perform or supervise lead-safe work practices safely and effectively. This course is not a qualifier for RRP Certification. You must complete an EPA accredited course for Certified Renovator Status.





1. Industrial Revolution
2. Energy Consumption
3. Synthetics
4. Environmental Revolution
6. Environmental Site Assessment

Substances and Environmental Risk

Lesson 1

a. Introduction
b. Lead
c. Mold

Lesson 2

a. Radon
b. Asbestos
c. Vermiculite
d. Petroleum Based Contaminants
e. Underground Storage Tanks

Lesson 3

a. Farm Products
b. Heavy Metals
c. Formaldehyde
d. PCBs and PBBs

Brownfield Remediation TC

1. Examples

Federal and State Laws 

3. Toxic Substance Control Act
4. Clean Air and Water Acts
5. Safe Drinking Water Act
7. Stigma and Value



Lead Paint Concerns

1.  Definition
2.  Health Risks
3.  Exposure Pathways
4.  Clearance Standards


1.  Firm Certification
2.  Individual Certification
3.  Standards
4. HUD Lead Safe Housing Rules

Before Beginning Work

1.  Educate Owners and Residents
2.  Determining Lead Paint Presence

Containing Dust 

1.  What is Containment?
2.  Interior Containment
3.  Exterior Containment

During the Work

1.  Prohibited Practices
2.  Specialized Tools
3.  Personal Protection Equipment
4.  Controlling the Dust

Cleaning and Checking Your Work

1.  Effective Cleanup
2.  Interior Requirements
3.  Exterior Requirements


1.  On-the-job Records
2.  Non-Certified Worker Training
3.  Sample Reporting


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