Anyone who does paid renovations on structures built before 1978 must be certified by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency before they can work. Melanie Arnold with the state's Department of Public Health says workers must take certain steps to protect people from lead poisoning.
Lead poisoning can cause health problems such as kidney disease, high blood pressure and birth defects. All painters, contractors, property managers and other repair workers have to take an eight hour training course in order to get certified. The IDPH is holding informational meetings across the state to help workers learn more about the law and take steps toward certification. For meeting dates and times contact the Lead Program at 217-782-3517.