Jacksonville, FL – November 24, 2009 - Paul Davis Restoration, Inc., a national franchisor and leader in residential and commercial loss mitigation, reconstruction, and restoration services, has been named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an Accredited Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (RRP) Training Provider. The company is the only restoration company with a certified trainer who has been accredited by EPA to provide training for renovators and technicians under the program.
Paul Davis Restoration’s Ray Berger will serve as the company’s Training Manager and Principle Instructor for the
program. Berger is also a Senior Field Representative and Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Trainer and has been
with Paul Davis since 1999.
Berger is approved to serve as a
trainer for the company’s EPA Lead Safety
for Renovation course for renovations,
repairs and painting methods specific to lead based paint. Specifically, he will provide training for the company’s office
owners and staff restoration professionals at the Paul Davis Restoration National
Training Center in Jacksonville, FL, along with field training at franchise
office locations and for any groups nationwide.
Students that successfully complete the
course will be certified renovators and are able to work on projects using lead
safe practices in accordance with the RRP.
According to Berger, on April
22, 2008, the EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and
other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule and 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.
“The EPA now recommends that
anyone performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb
lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes and child care facilities and schools must
follow lead-safe work practices,” said Berger. “We will instruct all of our
Paul Davis Restoration office contractors on procedures including how to
contain the work area, minimize dust and how to clean up thoroughly, among
others,” he said.
To date, Berger has
instructed 22 students from Paul Davis offices who are now Certified Renovators
in the EPA’s Renovator Initial Course for renovation, repair and painting under
Section 402 of Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). TSCA provides the
EPA with authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing
requirements, and restrictions for the respective discipline.
Additionally, Paul Davis
Restoration is offering the “Certified Renovator” training courses nationwide.
The one-day course costs $225 per person. Seating is limited and
pre-registration is required. For course training schedules, call 904.737.2779,
ext. 236 or visit the website at www.pdrestoration.com/lead-training.
“We chose to become an accredited trainer to comply with
the EPA program and to help Paul Davis
offices achieve and maintain the industry’s highest standards in restoration
services. The accreditation further promotes the company’s use of the latest
technologies available in our field,” Berger said.