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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LIUNA Training and Education Fund | Evaluated Learning Experience

Lead Abatement Worker LEAD.W


40 hours.

LIUNA Pomfret, CT, and other LIUNA approved training centers

April 2011 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the two major forms of lead used as pigments in paint; explain three ways lead poisoning can occur in residential housing; identify three examples of recreational exposure to lead; list four occupations that greatly increase lead exposure; identify the routes of entry for lead entering the body; explain where lead goes and where it is stored once in the body; list the acute and chronic effects associated with lead exposure; list the body systems that can be damaged by lead exposure; explain the special hazards that lead poses for children; list the two types of medical tests used for detecting lead; explain how chelating agents help rid the body of lead; define Title X, and list four conditions Title X defines as lead-based paint hazards; define Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and list the three goals of TSCA section 402 concerning training and certification of lead abatement workers; list the action level and permissible exposure limit (PEL) for lead under the OSHA Interim Lead Standard for Construction (29 CFR 1926.62); list the three exposure task categories, provide examples for each task and list the corresponding exposure range; describe the compliance methods the employer must follow to ensure worker exposures are reduced to or below the PEL; list three practices that are prohibited by OSHA in a lead-regulated area; explain the importance of medical surveillance to a lead abatement worker; describe the three types of air-purifying respirators (APRs) and list the assigned protection factor of each; list and explain at least six limitations of APRs; explain the term HEPA and state the efficiency level of a HEPA filter; explain the term “assigned protection factor” (APF) for a respirator and, given three different respirators, state the correct APF for each; explain the acronym MUC as it relates to a respirator and calculate the correct MUC for three sample respirators; explain the difference between an air purifying respirator and an atmosphere supplying respirator; explain the difference between a qualitative and quantitative fit test and give an example of each; demonstrate and explain the proper procedure for performing a positive and negative user seal check on an APR; list the personal protective equipment (PPE) used by lead abatement workers; define the following terms and acronyms: accident, confined space, GFCI, hazardous atmospheres, LFL, UFL, oxygen deficiency, lock out and tag out, personal fall arrest system, heat stress and personal hygiene; list the different levels of heat stress and describe the dangers they pose to workers; given a variety of job scenarios, describe safe work practices around the following hazards: electrical, ladders, scaffolds, housekeeping, falls, confined spaces, hazardous atmospheres; describe the fire hazards that exist in a controlled area and how to prepare for the occurrence of an accidental fire; list the four sampling methods used to identify the presence of lead; explain how the X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instrument determines the presence of lead; explain how the personal air sampling method is used to identify the presence of lead; list two ways dust samples can be collected; explain the responsibilities of the inspector on a lead abatement project; identify the most common inspection method used to determine the presence of lead-based paint; list the procedures defined in the inspection report to determine the presence of lead-based paint; identify the surfaces in a residence that may require abatement if they are in violation of EPA 40 CFR 745; explain the purpose of a risk assessment when trying to determine the presence of lead-based paint; list the responsibilities of a certified risk assessor; explain the role the risk assessor has in educating various parties involved in lead poisoning prevention; describe how to use at least four abatement methods; demonstrate proficiency in at least two abatement methods; demonstrate how to perform final cleanup on a lead abatement job; explain the importance of clearance inspections; list the soil and exterior abatement procedures; list the 10 legal rights workers have under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970; list seven responsibilities workers have under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970; list seven steps workers should follow if they are punished for exercising any right under the OSH Act; identify three control methods used to eliminate lead exposure; identify the four methods used to remove lead paint from steel structures; demonstrate the chemical removal method for lead paint on steel structures; demonstrate the manual removal method for removing lead paint from steel structures.


Major topics covered in the course are designed to prepare students to work safely and productively on lead abatement projects. The course meets all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) training requirements under 29 CFR Part 1926.1101 and 40 CFR Part 745.225, respectively. The course is mandatory for all workers conducting lead-based paint activities in target housing and child-occupied facilities. The Lead Abatement Worker course far exceeds EPA’s minimum training requirements of 16 hours of training (with 8 hours of laboratory) for workers by fully covering required topics and dedicating a total of 40 hours to instruction, of which 8 hours are hands-on activities.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate /associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Construction Technology or Construction Safety (4/16) (4/21 revalidation). NOTE: Course content is duplicative of the Lead Abatement Supervisor LEAD.S course. Care should be taken to avoid awarding duplicate credit.