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What It Is

​In response to federal Environmental Protection Agency rules and to prevent lead poisoning among Kentuckians, especially young children, Kentucky adopted the Environmental Lead Law - KRS 211.9061 to 211.9079 in June 1996. The law requires:

  • After Jan. 1, 1997, all training programs providing or offering to provide an educational program as preparation for certification in lead-hazard detection or lead-hazard abatement services must be accredited by the Department of Public Health, and
  • After July 1, 1997, only persons certified by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services may lawfully conduct lead inspections, risk assessment and abatement activities in residential housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.

Department Responsibility

The Environmental Lead Program administs the laws and regulations related to lead detection and abatement.

Specific program activities of the program relate to:

  • The application process for accreditation of training providers
    and monitoring of accredited courses.
  • Applications for certification to conduct lead-hazard inspections and risk assessments and review of inspection and risk-assessment reports.
  • Applications for certification of abatement detection companies, lead-hazard abatement supervisors or workers.
  • Review of abatement plans, issuance of abatement permits
    and inspectors/risk assessors conducting quality inspections of abatement sites.
  • Complaint investigations related to certification or work practice procedures and standards violations.
  • Regulated community and consumer education.


To maintain certification in Kentucky, submit the following to DPH at least 30 days before the expiration date on the certificate:

  • A completed application and required fee (see KAR 48:020); and
  • Proof of successful completion of an approved refresher course for the appropriate discipline taken within the last 12 months of the certification period.

After attending an approved initial course and applying for certification by the department you must be certified within 12 months or  reapply for initial certification and pay the initial fees.


Links and Contact Information

Contact Us

General Compliance Assistance

Brian Short,  Program Administrator
(502) 564-4537
Fax #  (502) 564-0885


Jennifer Billingslea,  Program Coordinator
(502) 564-4537 Ext: 4223
Fax #  (502) 564-0885


Amber Agee
(502) 564-4537
Fax  (502) 564-0885