Picente: Oneida County Expands Training in Lead-Safe Work Practices

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced the expansion of the Lead-Safe Work Practice Training program to communities across Oneida County, starting with Vernon and Rome.

 “While the focus of the Health Department’s Lead Primary Prevention activities has been on designated areas in the City of Utica, we recognize that the threat associated with a child’s exposure to chipping and peeling lead-based paint and lead-laden dust does not stop at the city limits.  Our concern for children living in homes built before 1978 in Rome, Boonville, Camden, Vernon and the Waterville area are just as real,” Picente said.
 
Picente has directed the Oneida County Health Department to offer instructional classes on the proper way to perform renovations to surfaces painted with lead-based paints beginning later this month.  The classes are free to the public and will offer ‘hands on’ training as well as discussions on:
  • the safety of family members and pets while work is being performed
  • equipment and supplies to protect the home renovator
  • preparation of work areas to minimize lead dust
  • surface preparation and wet sanding and wet scraping procedures
  • proper use of heat guns below 1100 degrees F.
  • use of a HEPA vacuum and final cleanup
     Classes are currently scheduled for the following dates and locations:
  • Saturday, April 25th from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Vernon Town Hall on Peterboro Road
  • Saturday, May 16th from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at St. Paul’s Church, 1807 Bedford Street, Rome
Additional classes for the Boonville, Camden, and Waterville areas are being planned for May and June.
           
Anyone interested in attending these classes can register by calling the Oneida County Health Department at 266-6147 and asking for the lead-safe work practice classes.
 
Picente said that more than 13% of childhood lead poisonings are caused by homeowners or contractors performing unsafe renovations on lead-based painted areas in the home.  He urged everyone who is planning remodeling and renovations on pre-1978 housing during the upcoming Spring season to take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to “work lead-safe in Oneida County.”