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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkSeptember 22, 2014
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License Title: Lead Inspector

License Description: Lead inspectors conduct lead inspections, risk assessments, lead hazard screens and visual risk assessments.

"Lead inspection" means a surface-by-surface investigation to determine the presence of lead-based paint and a determination of the existence, nature, severity and location of lead-based paint hazards in a residential dwelling or child-occupied facility. Inspectors provide a written report explaining the results of the investigation and options for reducing lead-based paint hazards to the person requesting the lead inspection.

"Risk assessment" means an investigation to determine the existence, nature, severity, and location of lead-based paint hazards in a residential dwelling or child-occupied facility. Inspectors provide a written report explaining the results of the investigation and options for reducing lead-based paint hazards to the person requesting the lead inspection.

"Lead hazard screen" means a limited risk assessment activity that involves limited paint and dust sampling.

"Visual risk assessment" means a visual assessment to determine the presence of deteriorated paint or other potential sources of lead-based paint hazards in a residential dwelling or child-occupied facility. Inspectors provide a written report explaining the results of the investigation and options for reducing lead-based paint hazards to the person requesting the visual risk assessment.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa, Chapter 135.105A

Requirements for License:Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
1) A bachelor's degree and one year of related experience (e.g., lead abatement, environmental health, public health, housing inspection, building trades).
2) Associate's degree and two years of related experience (e.g., lead abatement, environmental health, public health, housing inspection, building trades).
3) High school diploma and three years of related experience (e.g., lead abatement, environmental health, public health, housing inspection, building trades).
4) Certification as an industrial hygienist, professional engineer, registered architect, registered sanitarian, registered environmental health specialist, or registered nurse.

Specific Required Training Program:

Applicants must successfully complete an Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)-approved training program. To be approved for the training of lead inspectors prior to March 1, 1999, a course must be at least 24 instructional training hours with a minimum of eight hours devoted to hands-on training activities. Beginning March 1, 1999, a course must be at least 40 training hours with a minimum of 12 hours devoted to hands-on training activities. Lead inspector training courses shall cover at least the following subjects (requirements ending in an asterisk (*) indicate areas that require hands-on activities as an integral component of the course):
a. Role and responsibilities of an inspector.
b. Background information on lead and its adverse health effects, how children and adults are exposed to lead, and how to prevent lead exposure to them.
c. Background information on federal, state, and local regulations and guidance that pertain to lead-based paint and lead-based paint activities.
d. Lead-based paint inspection methods, including selection of rooms and components for sampling or testing to determine if a property is free of lead-based paint as specified in the Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Hazards in Housing (1995, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), and methods to determine if lead-based paint hazards are present in a property.*
e. Paint, dust, and soil sampling methodologies.*
f. Clearance standards and testing, including random sampling.*
g. Collection of background information to perform a risk assessment.
h. Sources of environmental lead contamination such as paint, surface dust and soil, and water.
i. Visual inspection to identify lead-based paint hazards.* j. Lead hazard screen protocol.
k. Visual risk assessment protocol.
l. Sampling for other sources of lead exposure.*
m. Interpretation of lead-based paint and other lead sampling results, including all applicable federal, state, and local guidance or regulations pertaining to lead-based paint hazards.*
n. Development of hazard control options, the role of interim controls, and operations and maintenance activities to reduce lead-based paint hazards.
o. Preparation of the final inspection report.
p. Record keeping.
q. The course shall conclude with a course test and, if applicable, a hands-on skill assessment. The student must achieve a score of at least 80 percent on the examination and successfully complete the hands-on skill assessment to successfully complete the course.

Applicants must complete an IDPH-approved 8-hour refresher course every three years. This course shall cover at least the following subjects:
a. A review of the curriculum topics of the initial certification course for the appropriate discipline as listed in subrules 70.4(3) to 70.4(8).
b. An overview of current safety practices relating to lead-based paint activities in general, as well as specific information pertaining to the appropriate discipline.
c. Current laws and regulations relating to lead-based paint activities in general, as well as specific information pertaining to the appropriate discipline.
d. Current tec

Fees:
Application: $50
Duration: One year
Renewal: $50
Exam: None


Examination:
When:After completing an approved course, applicants must take and pass the state certification exam.

License Authority:
Bureau of Lead Poisoning Prevention
Division of Environmental Health
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th St
Des Moines IA 50319
Phone: 5152813479
www.idph.state.ia.us/eh/lead_poisoning_prevention.asp

 
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