MARK offering lead safety training

Margaretville - Whether you are a seasoned contractor or a do-it-yourselfer, the need to understand the hazards of lead paint should be a priority in any construction environment. Most lead paint dangers exist in structures built prior to 1978 and common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.
Aside from the common risks and hazards associated with lead paint, contractors should be aware of the new rule recently adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency in its aim to prevent lead based poisoning. Beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
As the MARK Group continues to solicit funds for home repair projects in a region that has an abundance of 19th-century vernacular architecture, MARK also supports the economic stability of our local contractors. On Saturday, Nov. 8, at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Devel-opment in Arkville, MARK will host a one-day Lead Safe Work Practices Training workshop at no cost to those seeking certification. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day will be brimming with important information and training on dealing with the hazards of lead paint and resulting in the necessary certification.
Pre-registration is required and registration forms can be obtained by calling Wendy Buerge at 845 586-3500 or by e-mail at wendy@markproject.org.