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firefighters iStock 480564194Both commercial and residential buildings must meet stringent safety regulations during any construction project. One of the most crucial categories is fire safety for paint products, and the type of paint you use can make a big difference.

How do fire-resistant paints make buildings safer?

Most materials cannot fully quash flames in the event of a fire. Instead, most buildings are constructed with systems of passive and active responses to fires that create a layered response. Passive fire protections, such as ECOBOND® Lead Defender® and Lead Defender Pro® paints, are designed to slow the spread of an ongoing fire; active systems like fire sprinklers, on the other hand, try to suppress or weaken the fire.

This is why flame-resistant materials are rated for elements like flame-spread, thermal protection, and smoke development, as well as the durability and color demanded from other paint and construction materials. The more contained a fire is, the less damage there is to the core structure and the overall building and the less danger there is to people evacuating the building.

What can ASTM E 84 requirements tell you about paint quality?

Out of many industry tests used to investigate the safety of various materials in the event of a fire, ASTM E 84 specifically measures the rate at which flame can spread. Materials are measured against the flame spread and smoke production of a red oak standard and are put into Class A, B, or C accordingly, with Class A being the most effective at both slowing the progression of flame and having low smoke development. ECOBOND® Lead Defender® and Lead Defender Pro® paints ranked at the top level of Class A.

Break Down the Ratings on Your Paint

A lot of paint companies offer a variety of features behind just bright colors: some estimate the duration of their paint, while others offer ratings based on water resistance, mildew-blocking, lead protection, and more. If you're evaluating the fire resistance of your paint, whether for residential walls or a new commercial complex, make sure you know the quality of what you're getting.

What are NFPA tests and classes?

The National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, is a global organization that holds tests and investigations into the fire safety of different materials and different combinations of materials that might be used in future construction projects. These tests can range from the combustibility of insulation materials to how likely it is fire can spread to adjacent, unconnected buildings. For example, Code 703 of the NFPA requires flame-resistant materials to undergo an NFPA 255 test to determine a rating or class of effectiveness.

What does NFPA 255 measure?

NFPA 255, or the Standard Method of Test of Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials, was originally created by ASTM (and is referred to by that organization as ASTM E 84) and Underwriter Laboratories (UL) as UL 723. No matter what it's referred to as on your selected paint, the test measures both resistance to the spread of flame and smokiness. Based on the degree of resistance and how little smoke is produced, which are the ideal characteristics of paint designed to slow down or stop the spread of a fire, the test categorizes materials into three different classes:

  • Class 1, or A, has a 0 to 25 score on flame spread, and 0 to 450 score on smoke development;
  • Class 2, or B, has a 26 to 75 score on flame spread, and 0 to 450 score on smoke development; and,
  • Class 3, or C, has a 76 to 200 score on flame spread, and 0 to 450 score on smoke development.
    The scores are compared to red oak, which has a score of 100, and cement, with a score of zero. 

ECOBOND® Lead Defender® and Lead Defender Pro® paints have scored zero in both flame spread and smoke development, which makes it one of the most flame-resistant materials available.

Paint and Fire Resistance: Another Layer of Protection

Fire resistance is defined as the treatment of a surface, so it will not catch fire easily. Fire resistance can protect a structure from both heat transfer and structural damage in defined fire conditions known as "standards". These standards define things such as temperature, material, and other factors and allow consistent measurement and reporting. Flame resistant coatings, such as paint, may "prevent ignition & flame spread, prolong escape time", and lessen fire damage in the industrial setting. 

Industrial fires can cause destruction and casualties!

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) "Fires in Industrial or Manufacturing Properties" report, there were approximately 37,000 industrial fires reported in the US in 2016. Annual loss estimates from industrial fires include approximately 300 casualties; which includes injury and death, and $1 Billion in property damage.  

Although only 20% of the industrial fires reported in 2016 were structure fires, these fires caused a disproportionate amount of damage resulting in: 

  • Nearly half (47%) of all industrial fire-related civilian deaths.  
  • 82% of civilian injuries.
  • 69% of direct property damage.

Best Practice Guidelines for Structural Fire Resistance Design of Concrete and Steel Buildings by the National Institutes of Science and Technology (NIST) recognizes applied coatings as one form of fire protection for structural components. Known as passive fire protection, these coatings are significant in the science of fire damage mitigation and have even been known to protect structural integrity during a fire.

As with environmental issues, fire mitigation is regulated by federal and other entities such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA). Be sure to contact your federal, state, and local authorities for regulatory requirements for maintenance, construction, demolition, and hazard remediation in industrial structures. A good place to start? Try the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) compliance summary tool for local guidance on regulated issues such as lead abatement.

Did You Know?

ECOBOND® Lead Defender® products are lead-free and meet the American Society for Testing and Materials standard* (ASTME84) for fire resistance and is considered to be a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)/BC Class A Coating."

LeadDefender® has been proven in the marketplace for over 10 years; recently a comprehensive scientific study following US EPA test methods was conducted by an independent laboratory to validate LeadDefender®’s proven ability to seal and treat lead paint hazards under a wide variety of uses including 1) All-in-One Primer and Topcoat, 2) Primer + Name Brand Latex Topcoat, 3) Primer + Standard Epoxy Encapsulant, 4) Sealant and Treatment Prior to Demolition and Disposal, 5) Prior to Disposal.

Always read the product carefully, and make sure it does what you want it to do before you begin applying it. Otherwise you may find your project just became significantly more complicated and expensive.

To learn more, download our free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com 

 

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*ASTM Disclaimer 1.8: This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. It is recommended that you check with all local and state regulatory agencies to validate what testing is required (if any) for your use. Test results may vary based on your specific application. Testing on a small test-area in advance can be beneficial.

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Let's face it, most of us don't remember from high-school science classes that an acid has a pH of less than 7. But we all know that an acid is something that can dissolve substances; even metals. We understand that an acid is typically corrosive in nature. In other words, acids do damage, in a chemical way, to surfaces. The phrase, "acid rain" means more than just rain with acidic characteristics. Lead has been used in a variety of ways for centuries, from building materials to gasoline. Widespread use of this toxic substance, however, creates widespread health risks. According to the University of Maryland, lead poisoning is the oldest recorded occupational disease.

Acid rain can be dry!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines acid rain as, "any form of precipitation with acidic components, such as sulfuric or nitric acid that fall to the ground from the atmosphere in wet or dry forms. This can include rain, snow, fog, hail or even dust that is acidic." Along with its negative health effects on humans, acid rain can damage wildlife, plants, earth, water, and the structures on which it falls. 

Acid rain contributes to "weathering".

  • Dry acid rain is particularly detrimental to building surfaces. Acidic dust falls on structures and remains; doing exterior damage. The damage from acid rain is more than superficial. (ECOBOND ® products resist acid rain leaching up to 99% - EPA Method 1312)
  • It can mean compromised structural integrity due to physical threats such as corroded metal and damaged paint.
  • If structural metal or paint is lead-based, weathering can cause lead to enter the environment. Lead hazards require appropriate, regulatory intervention and resolution.
  • Damage from acid rain weathering can create an environment suitable for algae, mold, mildew, and fungus growth. These microbiological threats from water-damaged buildings can affect health and devalue property.

Seal out threats!

Are you looking for an approved, patented & economical solution to acid rain and its related damages and hazards? The ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® family of products meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) global standard D5590-00 for resistance to microbiological threats of mold, mildew, algae, fungus. The following performance test information is provided to help you understand how to measure the effectiveness of the ECOBOND™ products and includes links to the relevant test specifications.

Why Just Cover it- When You Can Treat it! Use our Patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Formula! ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. ECOBOND®, patented lead paint treatment technology, is the premier lead paint solution and surpasses all other lead paint products because it is the ONLY product on the market that seals as well as treats lead dust and lead in paint with a Patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Formula.

While lead poisoning can cause serious health problems for adults, children are especially vulnerable. ECOBOND®, LLC is the nation’s leader in developing and distributing products that improve the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally.   

lead paint abatementPatented lead paint treatment technology ECOBOND® - Lead Defender®, is the premier lead paint solution used to seal and treat lead paint in a Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® 1-step process.

ECOBOND®, LLC is proud to announce their newest distributor, Mission Hills Environmental Services Inc. who has been working in Canada on Abatement projects for several years primarily with demolition contractors in abating residential and commercial buildings prior to demolition.

When asked why they decided to become an ECOBOND Distributor, Senior Project Manager Bill Ferguson, replied: “I personally have been involved in the abatement and remediation of contaminated sites in Canada for some thirty (30) years, and have seen may changes and new technologies emerge in all of aspects of contaminated sites remediation in Canada over this time.  In dealing with the issue of lead in paint, I was very interested and impressed when I learned of the new ECOBOND Lead Defender products. Traditional methods of dealing with lead in paint can be extremely expensive to deal with, especially in northern remote areas were the hazardous waste disposal costs can make a project cost prohibitive to many clients. The treatment method using this product will greatly assist Canadian clients in dealing effectively with the issue of lead in paint and a Canadian distributor will make the accessibility of this product much easier for Canadians.  Workers’ safety, environmental compliance and cost effectiveness are key requirements for any company and using the ECOBOND products will greatly assist Canadian companies in dealing more effectively with these business requirements.  If I can help provide a new work-safe environmental product, service or technology to improve Canadians overall Health, Safety and Environment, count me in!”

“We are so excited about the increased interest in Canadian distributors for our proven & patented ECOBOND® family of products with lead paint treatment technology” stated James Barthel, President and creator of ECOBOND®. We look forward to serving these regions to help keep residential and commercial projects safe from the potential dangers of lead and lead dust.”

ECOBOND®, patented lead paint treatment technology, is the premier lead paint solution and surpasses all other lead paint products because it is the ONLY product on the market that seals as well as treats lead dust and lead in paint. While lead poisoning can cause serious health problems for adults, children are especially vulnerable. The new ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® formula, now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact! Bitrex® creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest.

ECOBOND®, LLC is the nation’s leader in developing and distributing products that improve the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally.

Lead paint removalEven decades after its discontinuance, lead paint is still a serious danger that impacts the lives of millions of people a year. That's why it is important for people like you to understand the differences between lead treatment and lead stripping product to provide commercial/industrial or residential projects with the lead paint protection that it deserves.

If you have lead paint, then you're already aware of the potential hazard it poses. You're also probably aware of the cost it takes to remove lead paint. If you're considering the options you have available, you're likely seeing lead paint treatment products, and lead paint stripping products. These are two very different things, and it's important to know which one you want before you make a purchase.

Lead Treatment Does Not Remove Lead Paint

Lead treatment products such as the ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® family of products are interesting because they don't remove lead from the paint, rather it converts it to a form that it is less leachable or mobile and therefore less hazardous to humans and the environment. This is very helpful on commercial projects where you need to protect workers from lead dust or have the lead paint affected materials prepped for disposal. As a result, the lead impacted waste treated with ECOBOND® does not have to be disposed of as hazardous. This saves time and money.

In residential projects, such as home remodeling in older homes, there is a possibility that children may have the potential of ingesting the lead-impacted paint chips and causing potentially serious health problems. ECOBOND® products help reduce lead bioavailability by up to 85% based on EPA 9200.1-86. This means that if ingested, the formula is designed to reduce the potential for relative lead bioavailability (lead absorbed into the bloodtream) by up to 85%.
In the new Lead Defender formula, Bitrex® creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest. Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials. 

What's the Difference?

A lead based treatment doesn't remove the lead; but it provides a layer of protection that treats the underlying lead. For example, the lead paint sealant from Ecobond is a Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® application that is proven and patented to reduce lead hazards up to 95%. This proprietary formula provides maximum adherence to lead paint surfaces with an easily applied paint formula specially formulated softeners and penetrators. Just spray it on, brush it on, or roll it on.

For demolition projects, a commercial contractor faces extra considerations in dealing with the lead impacted waste. ECOBOND® Lead Defender® Pro provides the best professional grade quality latex paint to penetrate, bond, seal and treat existing lead paint applications and control the spread of airborne lead and renders lead non-hazardous for disposal.

Contrast that with lead paint stripping products. According to Paint Pro, a paint stripper is a product that's meant to soften the bond between paint and the underlying surface, making it easier to remove, and less likely to flake or dust in the process. Some manual scraping may still be required, but once a paint stripper has been allowed to do its work, removing the paint is easier, and simpler. But, “strippers are among the most dangerous chemicals you encounter in your line of work. Although the trend is toward newer solvents that are safer than methylene chloride, you must treat all strippers with respect.”

Choosing Between the Two

Between the two products, lead treatment products like ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® are typically less expensive. The lead treatment option is the preferred method for ease of use and lower overall cost. Additionally, lead strippers involve a more comprehensive multi-step process which may require additional scraping and prepping of the walls.

LeadDefender® has been proven in the marketplace for over 10 years; recently a comprehensive scientific study following US EPA test methods was conducted by an independent laboratory to validate LeadDefender®’s proven ability to seal and treat lead paint hazards under a wide variety of uses including 1) All-in-One Primer and Topcoat, 2) Primer + Name Brand Latex Topcoat, 3) Primer + Standard Epoxy Encapsulant, 4) Sealant and Treatment Prior to Demolition and Disposal, 5) Prior to Disposal.

Always read the product carefully, and make sure it does what you want it to do before you begin applying it. Otherwise you may find your project just became significantly more complicated and expensive.

To learn more, view our lead paint treatment video or download our free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com 

 

 

 

Enjoy Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented ECOBOND® Family of Products! Over the last 10 years, thousands of residential, commercial and governmental contractors became dissatisfied & frustrated with traditional costly lead paint removal products and made the decision to replace their old expensive encapsulant products. They found that when they started using ECOBOND® LBP’s uniquely patented ability to treat lead paint on interior and exterior surfaces, it gave them safer and lower-cost results with low odor, low VOC, quick-dry penetrating resin, firm anchorage and paint application compatibility. They can now treat lead based paint in a leave-on application; they appreciate that they don’t have to merely coat the lead paint, they can now treat the lead for improved safety! Did you know that the amount of lead that could be contained in a sugar package is enough to contaminate a 1,500 sf home? According to OSHA, workplace exposure is a major cause of adult lead poisoning and workers exposed to lead dust can inadvertently introduce lead to their homes and family from clothing, skin or shoes. Even very small amounts of lead can be hazardous for pregnant women and young children. LeadDefender® makes it easier to protect your workers, building occupants, and their families.

 

LeadDefender® SEALS AND TREATS LEAD DUST AND LEAD IN LEAD PAINT For use as interior or exterior paint, primer and sealant Eliminates up to 99% airborne lead dust Seals and treats chipping/peeling lead paint prior to component removal Seals and treats lead in lead paint to leave in place or for non-hazardous waste disposal LeadDefender® IS PROVEN AND PATENTED TO REDUCE LEAD HAZARDS UP TO 95% Patented formula chemically converts lead in lead paint and lead dust to provide long term stabilization for non-hazardous disposal LeadDefender® PROVIDES MAXIMUM ADHERENCE TO LEAD PAINT SURFACES Easily applied paint formula – Spray it on, Brush it on, or Roll it on Specially formulated softeners and penetrators to maximize surface adherence