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RISK ASSESSORS AND LEAD INSPECTORS. STATISTICAL UPDATE. TOP 5. TOP 5 CITATIONS Failed to submit monthly report Failed to take correct number of dust wipes Failed to provide copy of report to homeowner Failed to take dust wipes from required locations Failed to test all required surfaces.

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Risk assessors and lead inspectors

RISK ASSESSORS AND LEAD INSPECTORS

STATISTICAL UPDATE


Top 5

TOP 5

  • TOP 5 CITATIONS

  • Failed to submit monthly report

  • Failed to take correct number of dust wipes

  • Failed to provide copy of report to homeowner

  • Failed to take dust wipes from required locations

  • Failed to test all required surfaces

  • TOP 5 NONS

  • Conclusions section not near front of report

  • No table of contents

  • Hazards not prioritized

  • Missing property descriptors such as homeowner’s phone number

  • XRF quality control data missing such as calibration shots, serial number, etc


Statistics

STATISTICS

  • 55% of the cases originated from Detroit

  • 50% of the cases were complaint based

  • 50% of the cases had NO CITATIONS

    • Down from 79% last year

  • 50% of the cases had Citations

    • Average of 2 citations per case up from 1.2 last year

    • Average fine $568 per citation up from $303 last year

      • Reflects changes made to the Penalty Matrix system

  • 17% of the cases involved Home Inspectors performing an uncertified lead inspection


  • The detroit initiative

    THE DETROIT INITIATIVE

    • Numerous complaints from landlords - “City of Detroit won’t accept the Risk Assessment that I paid for.”

    • In response the City of Detroit has assigned a full time inspector to review every risk assessment for compliance with the Detroit lead ordinance

    • Severely non-compliant risk assessments are forwarded to me for auditing.

    • Aggressively addressing deficient risk assessments and applying citations as appropriate

      • Paint chip samples only is common and often very deficient

    • Working with the Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice to improve the list that is provided to landlords seeking a Risk Assessor


    What the homeowner wants to know

    WHAT THE HOMEOWNER WANTS TO KNOW

    “Do I have lead in my house?”

    “Where is it?”

    “What do I do now? How do I get rid of it?”


    Compliance assistance

    COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE

    • Available to any certified RA / LI who would like some tips or review of procedures / reports on an informal basis.

    • Very helpful for new RA / LI who are just getting started

    • Why wait for an audit to discover issues

    • Enhances and extends classroom training by providing hands on training/review


    Survey says responses are from communities using cdbg funds

    “SURVEY SAYS”Responses are from communities using CDBG funds

    • 78% contract for RA/LI services

    • 67% contract for clearances

    • 11% contract for spec writing

    • 64% of RA/LI are reviewed by rehab specialist

    • 7% of RA/LI are reviewed by supervisor or manager

    • 68% who review RA/LI have received formal training

    • 79% satisfied or very satisfied with clearance report turn around time

    • What improvements are needed to RA/LI?

      • 21% better explanation of conclusions

      • 21% XRF table needs improving

      • 24% recommendation section - better description of abatement / interim control options needed to assist in spec writing

      • 28% better description of the location, type and severity of hazards

    • Do contractors complain about RA/LI reports?

      • 86% few comments by contractors

    • 75% satisfied or very satisfied with overall performance of RA/LI


    Steve m smith

    STEVE M. SMITH

    [email protected]

    (616) 240-3926


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