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We asked about making changes after attending the seminar, including testing paint for lead; using containment; using safer, less dusty, work methods; cleaning up with HEPA vacuums or wet methods; providing half-mask P-100 (HEPA) respirators; and providing blood lead testing. In nearly all these areas, 30% to 49% of surveyed contractors began doing the recommended work Information About Lead Paint Safety practice after attending the seminar. 

In contrast, Information About Lead Paint Safety only 17% of surveyed contractors did blood lead testing after attending. In addition, 23% of the contractors said someone from their company had sought additional training by attending a 5-day supervisor course in lead- related construction, and 16% said a representative became state certified in lead-related construction as a supervisor. 

Barriers/Challenges Encountered Some of the barriers/challenges we encountered included the following areas. We grappled with the OSHA and EPA regulations being complex and Information About Lead Paint Safety written as though "one size fits all," whereas these small businesses, even if motivated, do not have the compliance capabilities of larger firms. 

Therefore, Information About Lead Paint Safety we made the training content very practical, with more of a best practices approach, rather than with a regulatory tone, to increase the likelihood of implementation. Typical for a short program, there was tension between covering content versus using more participatory activities where greater learning is achieved. 

Recruiting small contractors to attend training is difficult, so it was important to find incentives to attract the interested/motivated ones. With this particular audience we were able to utilize the issue of customer family health concerns as a recruitment lever and motivational message. However, Information About Lead Paint Safety even motivated contractors have concerns that if they include the costs of compliance in their bids when other contractors do not, this could result in a loss of business. 

Clearly, Information About Lead Paint Safety not competing on a "level playing field" with other contractors is a threshold issue for deciding if they are going to participate in this change process. In addition, some small contractors have high employee turnover, so they are hesitant to invest in an employee safety and training program. CONCLUSION OLPPP's observations indicate that this project is one of the program's most successful statewide outreach and educational activities. 

Of a total of 1,000 individuals, 779 contractors participated in the first 22 half-day events, and a grand total of 1,138 contractors of 1,462 participated in all 34 seminars. The seminars have been well attended by contractors, most of whom rated them highly and Information About Lead Paint Safety indicated that they intended to take steps to increase protections for their employees, their employees' families, and the occupants of the buildings they work on. 

The participating trade associations and local agencies have been extremely supportive and Information About Lead Paint Safety have substantially increased their involvement in lead paint/contractor issues. OLPPP staff has gained invaluable experience in reaching small business owners with a health and safety message. Some key factors that have made this a successful effort include the following.

Developing a best practices message that is as clear as possible (protecting workers, their families, Information About Lead Paint Safety and building occupants by applying the 3C's: contain, control, clean up) minimizing use of regulatory and technical language presenting a stepwise implementation approach (e.g., what can be done in the short term vs. long term).

Utilizing a painting or remodeling contractor as a peer educator/trainer to talk about the do-ability issues and Information About Lead Paint Safety concerns, dealing with the customer, the pitfalls, the successes, and how lead safety has affected his or her business emphasizing the business context/framework (why it is good for your business and it is the right thing to do).

Involving stakeholders and building relationships with them so they will help sell the program We found that a half-day lead safety awareness program, although limited in scope, Information About Lead Paint Safety can have a modest impact, especially in areas that contractors are more familiar with, for example, running a construction job while integrating lead-safe work practices. 

However, new areas not part of their experience do not fare as well, for example, providing blood lead testing to employees. After attending our seminars, Information About Lead Paint Safety some contractors chose to avoid jobs where lead paint is disturbed, others chose to implement a modified program, whereas others took further training and became state certified. 

Our interviews suggest that for these two latter groups it is important to have an ongoing effort to provide additional assistance and Information About Lead Paint Safety support, to sustain the changes made, and to enhance the possibility of having a broader impact on the culture of the industry. 

IMPLICATIONS Half-day trainings can make contractors aware of lead hazards and motivate them to begin to do more, however, Information About Lead Paint Safety they are not comprehensive enough to teach contractors to implement a complete lead safety program. Even the most comprehensive training is only one of a multitude of factors that affect whether these contractors change the way they operate their businesses. 

Other factors outside of the realm of OLPPP's efforts include whether there is customer demand for lead-safe work, whether there is governmental and public recognition of the value of lead-safe contractors, whether there is concern regarding liability, whether there is consistent and comprehensive regulatory enforcement, Information About Lead Paint Safety and whether the increased costs are being lowered as equipment and materials are more available and practices are more widely accepted. 

These factors need to come into greater play to create the social, political, and economic environment for changing and supporting the way contractors address lead safety. However, Information About Lead Paint Safety even the most motivated (the early adopters) are not likely to continue along the change process or sustain it if there are not realizable economic rewards and social incentives as those listed earlier. 

Without these factors coming into play, Information About Lead Paint Safety the likelihood of motivating the middle, less motivated audience of contractors to adopt lead-safe practices becomes even more remote. Motivated contractors call this "leveling the playing field".

What they mean is that they are willing to participate in an industry-wide cultural change if they witness that the program, the pressures, Information About Lead Paint Safety and the disincentives are applied uniformly and that they are not put at an economic disadvantage in relation to their competitors.

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