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Lead training videos available to view

Kate Kirkpatrick
Special to the Tribune

Lead-safety instructors at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) have partnered with the city of South Lake Tahoe to provide bilingual instructional videos for families who are repairing or remodeling their homes.

"The lead in lead-based paint is a neurotoxin and even a very small amount can lead to serious health issues for children, adults and even household pets," said Scott Alquist, program manager, TMCC Safety Center.

Alquist and Adalberto Rosas, a Spanish-speaking instructor at TMCC's Safety Center, scripted and appeared in the videos that are published in both English and Spanish. The 11-minute instructional films are intended for residents of South Lake Tahoe who might be planning renovations to older structures that house children. Videos are available as a free DVD or accessed on YouTube.com.

Lead Safety Tahoe is a federal program that helps families who own or rent a property keep children safe from lead hazards in building materials such as paint.

"We have been providing renovation, repair and painting certification classes through Lake Tahoe Community College for quite a few years now," Alquist said. "the City of South Lake Tahoe received some grants to help pay for the folks in that area to attend our classes. The video was the city's idea and was set up by 'Lead Safe Tahoe,' the office that was formed under those grants."

The film details dangers present in lead, basic federal guidelines, and covers procedures that EPA-certified renovators typically employ. The instructors also explain containment, cleaning and disposal of lead-containing debris. Alquist and Rosas demonstrate proper removal of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as synthetic rubber gloves.

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