Lead Inspection and Management
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood lead poisoning is “the most common environmental disease of young children.” Lead is highly toxic and affects virtually every system of the body. At low levels lead’s neurotoxic effects have the greatest impact on children’s developing brains and nervous systems, causing reductions in IQ, decreased attention span, reading and learning disabilities, hyperactivity and behavioral problems.
The foremost cause of childhood lead poisoning in the United States today is the ingestion of lead-based paint and the accompanying contaminated dust and soil found in or around older houses. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD estimates that three-quarters of pre-1980 housing units contain some lead-based paint. Fully 90 percent of privately owned units built before 1940, 80 percent of units built between 1940 and 1959, and 62 percent of units built between 1960 and 1979 contain some lead-based paint.
Dangers of Childhood lead poisoning
The belief that in order to be poisoned children must eat lead-based paint chips is unfounded. The most common cause of poisoning is the ingestion–through hand-to-mouth transmission of lead-contaminated surface dust. Leaded dust is generated as lead-based paint deteriorates over time, is damaged by moisture, abraded on friction surfaces and impact surfaces, or distributed in the course of renovations, repair or abatement projects. Lead contaminated dust may be so fine that it cannot be seen by the naked eye and can be difficult to clean up.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with the HUD, have published rules on lead abatement and certification, lead based paint residential disclosure, and renovation, repair and painting.
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There are a number of regulations promulgated in the United States to control the release of lead to the environment and that protect workers from the harmful effects of occupational lead exposures.
ETS provides Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 16 Hour Asbestos Operation and Maintenance training and 2 hour Asbestos Awareness training. ETS can provide on-site training for the employers convenience. Training is by appointment only.
ETS provides Lead-Based Paint (LBP) abatement project management services to our clients to guide them through complicated regulatory requirements pertaining to LBP projects
ETS provides Certified Lead-Based Paint Inspectors and Risk Assessors to perform Lead-Based Paint Inspections, Risk Assessments, Clearances and prepare Lead Hazard Control Plans
ETS can guide you through the complicated local, state, and federal regulations regarding Lead-Based Paint to provide healthier and safer living and working environments
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. To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices (Lead; Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program, 40 CFR Part 745) aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
Additionally, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division is responsible for developing and implementing lead certification and abatement regulations for child-occupied facilities and target housing, as mandated by state statute (25-5-1101 C.R.S., et seq.). The statute governs the inspection and assessment of lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards, lead contaminated soil and lead contaminated dust and the abatement of lead-based paint hazards.
ETS provides Colorado State certified Lead Inspectors and Risk Assessors to perform renovation-specific surveys or comprehensive Lead-Based Paint building inspections. Our surveys are conducted using a portable XRF device to determine the lead content of the painted, varnished, and/or stained surfaces. ETS’ lead services guide our clients through complicated state and federal regulatory requirements pertaining to lead-based paint abatement and renovation projects.
5 Benefits of using Environmental Technical Solutions
01. Certified and insured specialists
We provide the latest testing and service equipment, including X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology
02. A wealth of experience in the field
With a wealth of experience in the field, we can provide you with an accurate assessment of what has been found and estimate its cost for repairs or remediation
03. We work with residential or commercial
ETS provides healthier living and working situations in both commercial locations and residential properties
ETS provides high-quality, responsive environmental services in the most economical manner possible.
05. Healthy Environment
ETS strives to supply healthier living and working situations through environmental due diligence