LEWISTON — A Renovation Repair and Painting Course will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, at The Bank of America Room at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The course is designed to inform landlords and contractors how to perform maintenance safely on homes with lead-based paint. Preregistration is required by calling Environmental Management Inc. at 729-7549 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Courses are limited to 20 participants each.

Under the new EPA Lead Rule, which goes into effect on April 22, contractors performing projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 must be certified by an RRP Course. During the course, contractors will learn specific work practices to prevent lead contamination and other requirements of meeting this EPA Rule.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is offering vouchers for the course. Each voucher has a $70 value to be put toward the course fee. The landlord is responsible for paying the remaining $25.

Vouchers are available for any landlord that participates in the Landlord Lead Assistance Program or Lead Program and for landlords that have an owner-occupied multi-family building. Call Healthy Androscoggin at 795-5990 to request a voucher.

The course compliments lead poisoning prevention efforts in Lewiston and Auburn led by the Lead Safe Community Committee and the Healthy Homes Healthy Families partnership which include numerous partners including: city staff, social service providers and local public health professionals.

For more information about lead-based paint or local lead poisoning prevention efforts, contact Healthy Androscoggin at 795-5990.

For more information about the course, contact Environmental Management Inc. at 729-7549. Information on the EPA Lead Rule can be found at www.epa.gov/lead.

Three additional trainings will be held in Auburn on Monday, July 12, 19 and 26. Call Maine Labor Group on Health at 622-7823 to register.

For a list of additional trainings in the area, visit The Healthy Androscoggin Lead page at www.healthyandroscogin.org. For a complete list of statewide trainings, visit www.maine.gov/dep/rwm/trainingcal.shtml.