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PB Disaster Services: June 28 & June 29

Select the day that works best with your schedule! 

Ohio Valley NARI has partnered with PB Disaster Services to bring members the opportunity to become a trained inspector for FEMA declared disasters.  PB Disaster Services is currently looking for and recruiting inspectors to inspect homes and other structures in the area of natural disasters and are looking for those experienced and with knowledge in construction.
As a benefit to NARI members we are bringing the training and fingerprinting requirement to you, avoiding having to participate in webinars and the completion of preparatory eLearning materials.
As an inspector for this FEMA-approved program, you would be afforded the option of traveling to an area hit by a natural disaster and earning compensation for inspecting structures damaged by the disaster. 

The three-hour course will provide a chance to speak with a highly trained and experienced field manager, who will be able to answer any questions about a "typical" day in the field, tips for traveling and lodging, and any other questions.  The field manager will also be discussing the future of the project and any changes that they are expecting for the upcoming year.  You will leave this class trained with the knowledge and equipment needed to be deployed to a disaster area.

As part of the training, participants will have the opportunity to complete a mock inspection using the same software used by inspectors in the field.
As of June 1 there are six active disasters with field inspectors working to assist local home and business owners.
A first time inspector can expect earn hundreds of dollars a day while experienced ones can earn more!  Transportation to and from a disaster area is reimbursed (with some stipulations) and inspectors are provided a computer, camera, and GPS system for use during inspections.
This training is open to members and sponsored guests with all skill levels and there is room for 20 participants each day.  This is a great way to add additional revenue to your bottom line during slow periods as well as assist those in need!  
For more information or to register, visit
www.pbdisasterservices.com or call the Miami Valley NARI office at (937) 222-NARI. This event is being held at the Ramada Inn, 2301 Wagner Ford Road, Dayton, Ohio 45414 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each day.  Also, please remember to bring two forms of ID for fingerprinting.


Join Us at the Ballpark

July 17, 2010 

Tickets are still available...RSVP today!

Unwind for a summer evening of dinner, drinks, and a Reds game with family and friends. This event is always a great time! Join us for this fun-filled night and cheer the Reds on as they take on the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ballpark on July 17th with a start time of 7:10 p.m. For $65 per person, participants will receive a game ticket, full catered buffet-style dinner, beverages (including 2 beers), and private seating for our group and Ohio Valley NARI will receive scoreboard recognition. Come out to support your NARI chapter and have a memorable evening with customers, co-workers, family, and friends at the ballpark. Tickets sell out quickly so reserve yours today! Call Ohio Valley NARI today at (800) 498-6274 to reserve your seats.


Save The Date For The Golf Outing

August 12, 2010 

Ohio Valley NARI is teaming up once again with NKBA for the 2010 golf outing to be played at Glenview Golf Course, 10965 Springfield Pike in Cincinnati Ohio. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. sharp on Thursday, August 12th. There are plenty of sponsorship and golfer opportunities still available.

Please click
here for sponsorship opportunities and click here to register as a golfer. More information can be found by visiting www.naricincinnati.org.


New OSHA Training Stresses Worker Rights

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has introduced a mandatory workers' rights component to its 10- and 30-hour training programs.
"Introduction to OSHA," a two-hour module, is now required in every OSHA Outreach Training Program class. OSHA developed the information in support of the Secretary of Labor's goal of strengthening the voice of workers, the agency said.
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EPA Lead RRP Rule - Clearance Amendment

The EPA is proposing to add "lead paint clearance testing requirements" to the existing regulations.  This amendment will require contractors to take post renovation abatement-style lead dust samples and, in certain cases, meet EPA's strict Lead Hazard Standards for clearance.  There is mounting industry concern that this amendment blurs the line between renovation & remodeling and abatement.  This amendment is open for comment until July 6.  NARI has joined other allied industry associations including NAHB to fund an independent assessment of the legal ramifications of the amendment and its affect on the industry and member business.
NARI has requested the EPA to extend the deadline for comment and has also provided comment on the amendment.  We have also requested a meeting with the EPA, including other industry groups and certified renovators that have completed projects under the new rule. Chapter leaders are encouraged to support future Calls to Action or member polls or surveys intended to gauge member opinion on this matter.  We will keep you apprised of all developments.


Comments on the Proposed Dust Sampling Rule:


Implementing these changes will require extensive retraining of those individuals who have recently obtained the Renovation, Repair and Painting [RRP] EPA training and certification. This will put further pressure on a training system that already cannot meet demand.

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Contractors Wait for Lead Licenses 

By Sean Ryan

The Daily Reporter


Quoted: Diane Ausavich, CR Carl Krueger Construction, Inc.


The state is simultaneously slogging through a backlog of applications for lead removal licenses and reassuring contractors they will not be penalized for violating the new rules.

Wisconsin on April 22 enacted new rules requiring home-renovation contractors train workers in lead abatement to get a state license before working on houses built before 1978. The industry reacted quickly, resulting in a backlog of 4,000 applications for the lead licenses, said Shelley Bruce, asbestos and lead certification supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
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Further Implementation Guidance for the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule


Please click here to view EPA Memorandum submitted June 18, 2010.


Web-based Client Management System Improves Efficiency

By Morgan Zenner

Art Donnelly, CR, CKBR, president of Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp., knew his Web site was in need of updating. "We wanted the Web site to be more resource-driven for homeowners and not just an advertisement for our company," he says.
Many remodelers are moving in that direction. It's no longer useful to have a Web site about the company-instead, it must provide content that homeowners are interested in to keep them coming back, and the site must be professional.
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Reach Out


A few years ago, GE Money asked a group of remodeling industry professionals to join its home improvement advisory board to help GE Money learn how to better serve the industry. Over time, those involved discovered that the other members -- all business owners --had become a de facto board of directors for each other's companies. While they still talk about the big picture -- financing, credit availability, the new regulatory environment -- members also focus on common challenges, solutions, and best practices.

"A lot of people are afraid to trade their secrets with other contractors in their area. But to talk to people outside your competition is really nice because you're always able to learn," says Craig Carpenter, president of Custom Remodelers in Lino Lakes, Minn., one of 12 members on the board.

This type of sharing is important, whether you've been invited to a larger board like GE Money's or you develop one yourselve. It's good to know you're not alone. One of the best things he's gotten out of the board, Carpenter says, is meeting other board members "who have good ideas and a positive attitude." They have inspired him to try new things.

Especially during tough times, it's important to reach out and work cooperatively. You never know where your next idea might come from.



June 23, 2010




Construction Workers


Ohio Valley NARI

800.498.NARI (6274) | Fax: 937.222.5794 | info@naricincinnati.org