Environmental hazards like asbestos, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde,
lead, and radon are outside the scope of a typical home inspection. However, many homebuyers and homeowners are
concerned about these dangerous and sometimes life threatening hazardous materials existing in their homes and
for that reason, environmental hazard inspections are often included as an additional service when someone purchases
a home inspection.
course is an introduction to environmental hazards as they relate to the housing and construction industry.
Each lesson identifies a specific hazard, how to recognize it, how people become exposed to it, how to test
for it, and ways to mitigate the problem. After completing the course, you will be more aware of the environmental risks
that exist and how to protect yourself and others. You will also learn if a license or certification is required
to conduct professional testing or abatement services for clients.
The course, available online and on CD-ROM,
is accepted for continuing education by most home inspector associations. As you complete each lesson, you will
use interactive flash cards and take practice quizzes that will test and verify your knowledge simultaneously through
instant computerized feedback. Your computer records the results so you can easily track your progress. When you
finish the course you will feel more confident and informed about environmental hazards.