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Lead inspectors conduct lead inspections, risk assessments, lead hazard screens and visual risk assessments. "Lead inspection" means a surface-by-surface investigation to determine the presence of lead-based paint and a determination of the existence, nature, severity and location of lead-based paint hazards in a residential dwelling or child-occupied facility. Inspectors provide a written report explaining the results of the investigation and options for reducing lead-based paint hazards to the person requesting the lead inspection. "Risk assessment" means an investigation to determine the existence, nature, severity, and location of lead-based paint hazards in a residential dwelling or child-occupied facility. Inspectors provide a written report explaining the results of the investigation and options for reducing lead-based paint hazards to the person requesting the lead inspection. "Lead hazard screen" means a limited risk assessment activity that involves limited paint and dust sampling. "Visual risk assessment" means a visual assessment to determine the presence of deteriorated paint or other potential sources of lead-based paint hazards in a residential dwelling or child-occupied facility. Inspectors provide a written report explaining the results of the investigation and options for reducing lead-based paint hazards to the person requesting the visual risk assessment.
Contact Information
Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Bldg
321 E 12th St
Des Moines IA, 50319(map)
Kane Youngkane.young@idph.iowa.gov
P: (515) 242-6335

License Details

Code Citation
Code of Iowa, Chapter 135.105A
Who Applies
Any individual who wishes to conduct lead inspections, risk assessments, lead hazard screens, or clearance testing after lead abatement in target housing and child-occupied facilities.
When To Apply
Before inspection, risk assessment, lead hazard screens, or clearance testing after abatement begins.
Initial Requirements
Applicants must meet one of the following criteria: 1) A bachelor's degree and one year of related experience (e.g., lead abatement, environmental health, public health, housing inspection, building trades). 2) Associate's degree and two years of related experience (e.g., lead abatement, environmental health, public health, housing inspection, building trades). 3) High school diploma and three years of related experience (e.g., lead abatement, environmental health, public health, housing inspection, building trades). 4) Certification as an industrial hygienist, professional engineer, registered architect, registered sanitarian, registered environmental health specialist, or registered nurse. Specific Required Training Program: Applicants must successfully complete an Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) approved training program. To be approved for the training of lead inspectors prior to March 1, 1999, a course must be at least 24 instructional training hours with a minimum of eight hours devoted to hands-on training activities. Beginning March 1, 1999, a course must be at least 40 training hours with a minimum of 12 hours devoted to hands-on training activities. Lead inspector training courses shall cover at least the following subjects (requirements ending in an asterisk (*) indicate areas that require hands-on activities as an integral component of the course): See content field for description of course requirements.
Duration
3-years.
Processing Time
Two weeks.
Fee Structure
Application: $180 Renewal: $180 Exam: None
Renewal Requirements
Applicants must complete an IDPH approved 8-hour refresher course every three years. This course shall cover at least the following subjects: a. A review of the curriculum topics of the initial certification course for the appropriate discipline as listed in subrules 70.4(3) to 70.4(8). b. An overview of current safety practices relating to lead-based paint activities in general, as well as specific information pertaining to the appropriate discipline. c. Current laws and regulations relating to lead-based paint activities in general, as well as specific information pertaining to the appropriate discipline. d. Current technologies relating to lead-based paint activities in general, as well as specific information pertaining to the appropriate discipline. e. The course shall conclude with a course test and, if applicable, a hands-on skill assessment. The student must achieve a score of at least 80 percent on the examination and successfully complete the hands-on skill assessment to successfully complete the course.
Exam
After completing an approved course, applicants must take and pass the state certification exam.
Additional Information
Any individual who wishes to conduct lead inspections, risk assessments, lead hazard screens, or clearance testing after lead abatement in target housing and child-occupied facilities.