MVCC and Oneida County partner on Lead Safe Training

By By PAT BAILEY

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A joint venture between the Oneida County Health Department's Lead Primary Prevention Program and Mohawk Valley Community College has been formed to meet what the county calls a "growing demand" for lead-safe work practices training.

Starting next week, MVCC's Center for Corporate and Community Education will offer the classes for as part of a training curriculum. The classes will meet the lead treatment requirements put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Andrew McLellan of Environmental Education Associates, the firm providing the training with mock-type lead based construction sites, says the program has been very popular throughout the state and will be in the Mohawk Valley as well.

McLellan says his company has trained about 6,000 people over the course of the last six months, mostly contractors who build or renovate homes.

"We just kind of walk through the logic of the process, while also having the contractor understand what his obligations are, what the expectations are for EPA in terms of certification and what the expectations are in terms of record keeping," McLellan said.

The classes will take place at the new MVCC Education Center on Elizabeth Street in Utica.

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