T.R.I.P. participants are learning about lead because they will be working in the housing construction trade which includes homes built before 1978. These students will learn plumbing, electric, drywall, landscape, and carpentry trades. Upon completing a 13 week course of non-traditional training, they will chose the trade or trades they desire and be paired with those skilled in that field giving the student the confidence and skill to own his or her own business.

The contractors are eager for the students to complete their initial training and getting their certifications so that they may collaborate with them on jobs or hire them to do finish work. 

Most homes constructed before 1978 contain lead based paint. Lead-based paint was banned from use in residences in 1978. The smallest lead dust particles cannot be seen but they can get into the body. The dust and chips from lead-based paint are dangerous if swallowed or inhaled, especially to small children and pregnant women.

Lead can affect children's developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ and learning disabilities. In adults, high lead levels can cause high blood pressure, headaches, digestive problems, memory and concentration problems, kidney damage, mood changes, nerve disorders, sleep disturbances and muscle or joint pain. A single very high exposure to lead can cause lead poisoning. Lead can also affect the ability of both men and women to have healthy children.

If you are planning to renovate or remodel your home and it was built before 1978, make certain the contractor shows their certification for lead abatement. Better safe than sorry.