Contractor Ron Cowgill, radio host of the Chicagoland Mighty House Network remodeling radio talk show, will present a talk on lead abatement at the Cabinets & Closets Conference, April 14 in Schaumburg, IL.

President of  D/R Services Unlimited, Inc., contracting business, Cowgill's Saturday morning broadcasts have helped position his company as a go-to resource for top end remodeling and restoration business. He is a Master Certified Remodeler (MCR), Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR), Green Certified Professional (GCP), Universal Design Certified Specialist (UDCP) through NARI, Licensed electrical contractor (1998-Current), licensed general contractor. Cowgill has also been president of the Register for CCCE Now!Chicago chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. 

At the Cabinets & Closets Conference, Cowgill will address Fixing the Unexpected: Lead Abatement, explaining the requirements for certified training among remodelers.

As of April 22, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires woodworkers and contractors working in homes built before 1978 to register their company and complete an 8-hour lead abatement training and certification course with an accredited trainer. 

The government agencies take the matter seriously. In 2013, a California court required Sherwin-Williams a $1.1 billion for lead paint abatement and clean-up of windows and doors in California homes. In 2014, Lowe’s Home Centers paid a $500,000 penalty and agreed to company-wide lead abatement training for its remodeling contractors for violating the federal Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule. 

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