LEAD-BASED PAINT MANAGEMENT
EI has extensive experience in conducting lead-based paint (LBP) inspections, risk assessment, design and monitoring. Depending on client needs, EI utilizes either X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) technology or atomic absorption spectroscopy for the analysis of lead in paint during inspections.
Lead-Based Paint Inspection
A lead inspection is designed to answer two questions, “Is there lead-based paint (LBP) present?” and “Where is the lead-based paint?.” Surveying a housing or commercial unit for lead-based paint is typically performed using X-Ray Fluorescence analyzer, called an XRF. Paint or other coatings with lead levels above an established threshold are considered lead-based. A final LBP Inspection Report identifies all surfaces with lead-based paint, but does not provide the consumer with information about the condition of the paint, the presence of lead contaminated dust or soil, or options for controlling any hazards found.
Lead risk assessments are conducted based on guidelines established by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development coupled with our extensive experience of providing lead consulting to various clients. A lead-based paint risk assessment is conducted to determine whether hazards exist and, if so, provide solutions on reducing and managing such hazards until complete abatement takes place.
A lead-based paint hazard is any condition that causes exposure to lead from lead-contaminated dust, soil or paint that is deteriorated or present on accessible, friction or impact surfaces that would result in adverse human health effects.
At EI, our staff is highly skilled at identifying potential lead-based paint hazards and then using XRF testing, dust wipe testing and soil sampling to determine where lead hazards exist. Our risk assessment reports are designed to be easily understood with common sense and cost effective recommendations for dealing with identified lead hazards.
EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule
Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices. Individuals can become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course from an EPA-approved training provider such as EI.
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Rebuilding Together – Roanoke is extremely grateful for the support The EI Group has provided our program. Your contribution of asbestos and lead-based paint services for our recent rebuilding efforts and assistance with our World Changers program were invaluable. I look forward to a continued relationship together.
This summer will mark 44 years I have been in the safety profession and as the end of my career quickly approaches, the question recently came up, “What lessons have been learned during a 43-year career in occupational safety and health?”