An important update regarding training and certification expirations in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
This update has been posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020. As many questions remain and the responses to the COVID-19 outbreak remain fluid, I want to assure you that Lake States Environmental continues to monitor the updates and guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Health as part of our efforts to manage and minimize risk for our class participants and instructors. We have been implementing all features of the restrictions imposed. That means at this time we are currently subject to the "Safer at Home" order in Wisconsin and have suspended all in-person training in Wisconsin until after the expiration of that order which is currently expected on April 24. The Wisconsin order does not affect our Minnesota activity. However Governor Waltz has issued a similar two-week "Stay at Home" order effective through April 10 in Minnesota, so in-person training in Minnesota is suspended until after that date.
With these orders has come certain allowances from the states regarding the expiration and renewal requirements of people's certifications. In Wisconsin all asbestos and lead certifications have been extended to June 30, 2020. In Minnesota a waiver has been extended by the department to allow certified indiviuals to continue to work on a card that expires on or after March 16 for up to 30 days after Governor Waltz's Emergency Declaration is lifted or expires. That date is not set in stone, but it will not likely be before May 1st. We are anticipating rescheduling most refreshers for Minnesota certification in May, and Wisconsin refreshers in May and June. That, of course, remains dependent upon the success of the currently imposed restrictions on reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus to levels that the health care system can manage.
Lake States is remaining vigilant in being a partner in the communities we are in, promoting compliance with the requests of the local, state and federal governments. We are also doing all we can to establish and provide the opportunities for all to receive the refresher training you will need to maintain your credentials to offer your service and contribution to friends, neighbors, clients and communities you serve. We will continue to earn your trust and patronage by doing all that we possibly can to make this trying time as simple to deal with as possible as it relates to maintaining your asbestos and lead credentials.
You may visit the CDC website to learn more about the CoViD-19 by clicking on the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
We hope that you all are able to stay Safe and Healthy, and we Thank You for choosing Lake States Environmental for your Asbestos and Lead training!
From the Team working for You at Lake States Environmental, Ltd.