Make your business better without ever leaving the office with this month’s Power Hour Webinars focusing on Human Resources and Benchmarking.

There are various factors that go into managing a workforce, employee recruitment, training and hiring policies. Learn how some of these human resource functions can help your electronic systems contracting business keep your most valued assets—the people hired to contribute to your company. Attend the “Introduction to Human Resources” Webinar on April 20 at 12:00 p.m. EST to learn different techniques for managing a workforce.

For more information on the upcoming Webinars or to register visit www.cedia.org/powerhour.

Avoid Hefty EPA Penalties—Become a Certified Lead Renovator!

Do you work in homes constructed prior to 1978? If the answer is yes then we have an important message for you. In order to comply with the EPA’s new Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, you may be required to become a Certified Lead Renovator. Becoming a trained Lead Renovator will prepare you to work safely in environments where lead paint may be present.

The rule is set to be fully implemented by April 22, 2010. Once the rule is in effect, covered renovations must be performed by Certified Renovation Firms. To become a certified firm, a company must employ a Certified Lead Renovator and must submit an application to the EPA. Beginning April 22, uncertified companies that perform applicable work are subject to penalties of up to $32,500 per violation, per day!

The first step toward compliance with the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair & Painting rule is The Certified Lead Renovator course. The two-part course is being offered by CEDIA in collaboration with the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and other EPA-accredited training providers. The first part of the course is an online training the second is a hands-on lab and assessment.

The first part of the course will focus on the health problems associated with disturbing lead based paint, how to safely set up a work area, and how to clean up in a lead-based paint environment. Participants will also learn how to train those they supervise to follow the proper procedure when dealing with lead-based paint. The online course is a prerequisite for the second lab portion and certification exam.

CEDIA will host the second hands-on lab portion at select ADI locations throughout the U.S. This part of the Lead Renovator Course will help you apply the skills you learned in part one. Participants will also learn the proper documentation process to confirm accurate work practices and learn how to keep renovators safe and reduce liability in a lead-based paint environment.

At the conclusion of part two of the Lead Renovator Course, a written exam will be provided to determine your ability to effectively manage a renovation project and comply with the new rules. Participants must score a minimum of 80 percent on the written exam to become a Certified Lead Renovator. Businesses must submit an application with the EPA to become a certified firm.

To register for the online training or to learn more about how the EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule affects your business, visit www.cedia.org/lead.

How are you getting ahead this month? See upcoming CEDIA University opportunities on page 42.