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  1. RISK ASSESSORS AND LEAD INSPECTORS STATISTICAL UPDATE

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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?”

  6. 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

  7. “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

  8. STEVE M. SMITH SMITHS@MICHIGAN.GOV (616) 240-3926