Lead is a highly poisonous material that is everywhere. Unfortunately, you can not see or smell it. Lead can be found in: house paint (prior to 1978), plumbing materials, dirt & soil, utensils, batteries, furniture & toys (prior to 1976 or made outside of the US), fishing sinkers, art sets for children, and more.
Health Risks & Hazards:
Lead affects all organs and functions of the body to varying degrees. The list below shows many of the key lead-induced health effects:
Lead poisoning occurs when you absorb too much lead by breathing or swallowing a substance with lead in it, such as food, dust, paint, or water. Too much lead in the body can cause irreversible problems in growth and development in children and cause serious health problems for adults. The most common source of lead poisoning is from lead-based paint and dust found in old homes or buildings.
LEAD POISONING AND CHILDREN
Lead poisoning -- at levels that do not cause immediate symptoms -- can permanently damage kids' brains. Before their second birthday, children are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning. They are, of course, more likely than older children to put lead-contaminated hands or toys or paint chips in their mouths. Moreover, a child's gastrointestinal tract also absorbs lead more readily than does the adult gut. Most importantly, a child's rapidly developing brain is highly vulnerable to lead toxicity. Lead poisoning is almost never a single event in which a child ingests harmful quantities of lead, gets sick, and must be rushed to the hospital. Instead, lead poisoning is an insidious, month-by-month accumulation of lead in a child's body.
LEAD POISONING AND ADULTS
The toxic nature of lead is well documented. Lead affects all organs and functions of the body to varying degrees. The frequency and severity of symptoms among exposed individuals depends upon the amount of exposure. The list below shows many of the key lead-induced health effects.
Fatigue / Irritability
Wrist / Foot drop
Reduced sperm count & motility
WHERE DOES LEAD PAINT COMMONLY EXIST?
Many homes built before 1978 still have lead paint on walls and woodwork, often hidden beneath newer layers of paint. Even in small amounts, lead paint can be dangerous to children's health if they ingest it. Lead is a highly poisonous material, and lead paint is not the only culprit. Before the dangers of lead were fully recognized, however, many commonly used materials like paint and gasoline were made with lead. Lead is everywhere and, unfortunately, you can't see it or smell it. Lead can be found in:
House paint made or used prior to 1978
Plumbing materials like faucets and pipes in homes
Dirt and soil
Utensils, plates, and other serving ware made from pewter
Paint and art sets for children
Items like fishing sinkers and bullets
Furniture and toys that were painted prior to 1976
Some painted toys and household items that were made in countries other than the United States
LEAD PAINT IN OLDER HOMES AND BUILDINGS
If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
Windows and window sills
Doors and door frames
Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches
Lead in household dust results from indoor sources such as deteriorating lead-based paint.
Lead dust can also be tracked into the home from soil outside that is contaminated by deteriorated exterior lead-based paint.
Renovation, repair or painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed or demolished.
Pipes and solder — Lead is used in some water service lines and household plumbing materials. Lead can leach, or enter the water, as water flows through the plumbing.
LEAD LAWS & REGULATION
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Lead in Paint, Dust and Soil. Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) & Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – Construction Industry Standard (29 CFR 1926.62), General Industry Standard (29 CFR 1910.1025).
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Title X Regulations (Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act.
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
Lead Paint Treatment & Removal
Lead paint safety can be performed in several ways: stabilization, encapsulation, enclosure or complete removal of lead paint hazards. BECG is certified to handle lead paint removal and will follow all appropriate survey and testing results to create an efficient work plan that will completely ensure your compliance.
Why We Are The Best
The combination of our construction division and the certified safe handling of lead paint makes us unique and enables you to have one contractor for everything.
Over 20 years of specific commercial and residential experience of all facets of lead paint abatement.
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