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Lead Removal Course (C3) & Refresher (C5) in May

Lead removal is a danger to the public, workers, and the environment, and there are several legal and liability aspects to removing it. Our C3/C5 courses are essential for anyone who will be safely removing lead or other toxic metals on the job.



Lead Paint Removal (C3) : 32 hours

Recommended for renovators, remodelers, painters, maintenance personnel, and any other workers removing or modifying painted surfaces.


Course Description:

C3 contains specific discussions on protecting workers, compliance with environmental regulations, proper management of waste streams, operations that result in potential exposures to lead and other hazards, and associated control technology. It includes background information on the hazards of lead and other toxic metals as well as a review of the current legal and regulatory issues. The course also addresses developing programs to effectively control risks to workers, the public, and the environment.


Course Content:

  • Hazardous coatings and materials in industrial painting

  • Legal and liability issues

  • Health effects of hazardous coatings and materials

  • Identification of hazardous coatings/hazardous materials

  • Air, soil, water/sediment, and dust regulations and monitoring strategies

  • Worker protection from hazardous coatings/materials

  • Respiratory protection and PPE

  • Management of solid and hazardous wastes

  • Sources of hazardous coatings exposure

  • Control of environmental releases (containment and ventilation)

  • Specifications, submittals, and site-specific compliance programs

  • Pre-planning and worksite preparation

  • In-process and post-competent person (CP) responsibilities/demobilization


Lead Paint Removal Refresher (C5) : 8 Hours

Recommended for Contractors and Competent Persons, engineers, EHS, other consultants, and specifying or project managers who have previously taken the C3.


This 1-day C5 course provides a review of Competent Person duties and responsibilities in working with lead and other hazardous materials encountered in industrial coatings work. It also reviews relevant OSHA and EPA regulations.


Course Content

  • Competent Person requirements

  • Health effects / OSHA health standards

  • EPA regulations

  • Overview of containment and ventilation

  • Regulatory update

The SSPC C5 Refresher Course is required to be completed:

  • Annually for those people working with companies that are SSPC QP 2 certified, or on projects where the SSPC QP 2 certification is required or;

  • SSPC recommends every two years for all others unless regulatory or contract requirements are more stringent.

Note: Check with the Department of Environment with your state for their specific requirements. Most states require a C5 refresher every two years.


Note: Virginia Department of Environment is every 3 years.


The SSPC reserves the right to allow a 90 day grace period after the 1 or 2 year time frame to allow students time to attend a refresher class.



QP 2 Requirements


This SSPC course meets the requirements of state programs that require refresher training to maintain supervisor certification and meets SSPC QP 2 requirements for competent person training certification.


Worker Training for Lead Paint Abatement and Removal from Steel Structures Manual

SSPC has produced a Lead Paint Worker Safety course designed for contractors to train their workers to meet OSHA requirements for annual worker training.

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