The Deconstruction Program provides students with the skills they will need to safely and successfully deconstruct a structure. The program will incorporate lead renovator, lead abatement, asbestos, and OSHA30 certifications as well as a hands-on deconstruction. Emphasis will be placed on reusing and recycling salvaged material.
Purpose of this course is to train people to become “lead-safe renovators.” This is the Iowa version of the EPA “certified renovator” discipline. If you are going to supervise projects, you will need to become a certified lead-safe renovator after this course. This involves filling out paperwork and paying a fee. Your company will also have to become certified as a firm—this involves paperwork, but no additional fee (in Iowa). HUD regulations require everyone who works in HUD-assisted housing to have completed this training or the previous lead-safe work practices training. This course is state regulated and each person attending this class will have to pass a test with 80% or better to pass and will receive a State of Iowa certificate as a lead Renovator.
(This class would take 2 days at 3.5 hours per day.)
(This class requires 24 contact hours and would take 7 days at 3.5 hours per day.)
The OSHA 30-hour Construction Course opens by covering general information about OSHA, such as an overview of OSHA, handling OSHA inspections, and tips on how to locate specific OSHA regulations. Then we address each subpart of the OSHA Construction Standards, including sections on basic electrical safety, fall protection, scaffolding, excavations, stairways & ladders, cranes, PPE, and tools & equipment . . . ! Of course, we can focus more attention on those topics that are of most importance to your operations. So attendees leave the class armed with training, reference materials, and information that is truly meaningful. This course is state regulated and each person attending this class will be given a test with 70% or better to pass and will receive a OSHA 30hr outreach card in the general construction industry. This is not a mandatory test. It is at the direction of the instructor.
(This class requires 30 contact hours, and would last a total of 9 days at 3.5 hours per day)
Initial training for workers involved with the abatement of asbestos, for asbestos project monitors, and for consultants. The course agenda includes basic level instruction including hands-on training to cover the following topics: asbestos in historical perspective; asbestos types; uses and applications; health effects and medical surveillance requirements; current state and federal regulations; air monitoring and sampling; bulk sampling and analysis; worker protection equipment; negative pressure systems; glove bag removal; establishing high integrity asbestos abatement work areas and proper abatement practices and procedures. This course is under the DNR of Iowa and will be given a test at the end of course and will have to pass with a 70% or better in order to receive a license as an abatement worker.(This class requires 24 contact hours and would take 7 days at 3.5 hours per day.)
The Iowa Central Community College is offering a Deconstruction program. Here, students will learn the skills necessary to carefully deconstruct a structure rather than demolish it. They will also understand the value of reusing, recycling or donating recovered material.
The environmental benefit of the course is apparent. However, it’s the economics of deconstruction that needs explaining. The standard procedure when it comes to demolishing a structure involves ripping out old fixtures and throwing away salvaged material.
The general perception of deconstruction is that it involves more work and higher cost. Contractors are also unfamiliar with finding deconstruction crews and go with the more popular and accessible demolition ones. The course puts a strong emphasis in the long-term benefits of deconstruction for home and business owners. Once educated about how they can take their deductions over the following years, many were willing to put in the extra investment.
Deconstruction is also for the creative soul. The course sheds light on how to reuse old material that isn’t completely worn. For example, Jeff Talmadge of Talmadge Construction in Aptos, California, transformed an unwanted piece of mahogany into a surf-board shaped countertop for his pool house. “Look for an opportunity in old stuff – what can you do with it?” he says.
In addition to improving the environment, apprentices will receive certification in lead renovator, lead abatement, asbestos, and OSHA30 upon completion.
The program involves 30 hours of lecture at 3.5 hours a day, and an on-site portion which would last 4 weeks.
The college is offering free introductory training this week and anyone can attend. An on-site deconstruction of a commercial structure is included in the program with assistance from National Deconstructor of the Year, Dave Benink of ReUse Consulting, Seattle, WA. Benink will be present March 7th through the 17th
The first classes of the course will be Monday, March 7th and Wednesday, March 9th between 8.30 a.m. 4.30 p.m., and more to be scheduled based on demand.