Cornell University

Workplace Health & Safety

237 Main Street, Suite 1200, Buffalo, 716-852-4191

Lead Inspector Workshop


A lead inspector is trained to conduct inspections; and also samples for the presence of lead in dust and soil for the purposes of abatement clearance testing.

This workshop is a 3-day class for persons doing surface investigations in targeted housing or commercial and industrial facilities for determining the presence of lead-based paint as defined under Title X. Participants are instructed in the "State of the Art" sample collection and reporting methodology.  This course has a built-in module on radiation safety for XRF users. Participants will be trained in the usage of X-ray fluorescence (XRF) onsite monitoring instrumentation and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) chip, wipe, and other material sampling.

In the hands-on exercises, participants will have demonstrated and practice the conduct of dust wipe samples, soil samples, and paint chip samples including quality assurance/quality control issues related to taking environmental samples and selection of qualified laboratories. Advancements in technology of XRFs and recording/documentation of inspection will be demonstrated. Performance will be corrected and discussed.