Lead-Based Paint Program - Abatement

As of October 27, 2020, Cole and Associates' training accreditations have been suspended. Training certificates issued by Cole and Associates for either abatement or Renovation, Repair and Painting can not be honored by Commerce until further notice. Please contact Cynthia Sanderson at 360-725-2941 or cynthia.sanderson@commerce.wa.gov for questions regarding this matter.
A worker removes lead-based paint from a structure

Abatement means any measure or set of measures designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. Abatement includes, but is not limited to:

•The removal of lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust, the permanent enclosure or encapsulation of lead-based paint, the replacement of lead-painted surfaces or fixtures, and the removal or covering of lead-contaminated soil.

•All preparation, cleanup, disposal, and post-abatement clearance testing activities associated with such measures.

Who provides lead-based paint activities?

Lead-based paint activities performed in target housing and child-occupied facilities are provided by certified inspection and abatement companies. These regulations protect the public from hazards of improperly conducted lead-based paint activities. They include training and certification requirements, accreditation requirements, and work practice standards.

What activities can they provide for you?

Activities that each certified lead-based paint discipline may perform are:
Inspector: inspections and clearance testing only.
Risk Assessor: inspections, clearance testing, lead hazard screens and risk assessments.
Supervisor: supervision of abatement projects, preparation of occupant protection plans, abatement reports, and all abatement activities performed by abatement workers.
Worker: abatement activities under the direction of a certified abatement supervisor

Who provides certified training?