C&V Home Improvement, Great Bend/Hays, announced that four of its employees recently completed Lead Safe Work Practices certification through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Cody Tutak, Deanna Vannoster, Chad Rea and Martin Delgadillo earned their certification by completing the 9 hour course taught by the Kansas Building Institute Workers Compensation Fund.
In 2010, the EPA and KDHE enacted new laws requiring contractors to follow specific procedures when working on all homes built before 1978. The presence of lead paint has been shown to contribute to birth defects, learning disabilities and dementia. As a Lead Safe Renovation Firm, C&V complies with Lead Safe Work Practices as required by federal and state laws. Matt Hoisington, President, said “We are one of the few contractors in the area who comply with Lead Safe Work Practices. We believe in keeping our customers and their children safe while we work on their homes. Following Lead Safe Work Practices is not just the law; it’s also the right thing to do.” In addition to following the mandated work practices, photographs of the work area and other documentation must be maintained for a period of three years. “There is a lot of extra work involved when following Lead Safe Work Practices. I am proud of my installers for taking this part of their job seriously and for ensuring the safety of our customers,” said Hoisington. Certification for both the company and the employees must be renewed every 5 years through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.