Free training for lead paint removal for unemployed construction workers

A free training program will provide up to 10 people with construction experience who are currently unemployed with the necessary skills to work on pre-1978 built houses that may have lead-based paints.

The eight-hour class, a joint effort of the county’s Lead Primary Prevention Program, the Workforce Development Program and Mohawk Valley Community College, will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at MVCC’s training facility, 524 Elizabeth St., Utica.

The county’s housing stock is among the oldest in state. In some cases it is covered with lead-based paints requiring specialized knowledge of lead-safe work practices compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency regulations that went into effect in 2010.

To sign up for the class or for more information on working with lead-based paints and EPA regulations, visit the Oneida County Health Department’s web page at or call the Lead Primary Prevention Program, 266-6147.

The program is supported through a $2,000 award provided by the Workforce Development Institute, a not-for-profit organization established in collaboration with the NYS AFL-CIO.