radioactive custom text 15994According to a September 19th article in The Electronic Urban Report, Connecticut may well be the only state in the country that currently takes a proactive approach to preventing lead paint poisoning in residences with children.

In 2013, approximately 60,000 Connecticut children had reported cases of lead exposure. Today, the state's laws are stricter than current Federal laws, and require every child in the state to be screened twice for lead paint exposure before the age of three. In spite of the law however, the Connecticut Department of Health confirms that very few children get the required second screening. Apparently because many residents, including the doctors who do the screenings, feel that the laws are overly strict, children whose initial testing is negative for lead, do not often return for a second screening. A public forum was held on September 12th to address this issue and try to find ways to better enforce the law.

The effects of lead-paint poisoning in children are both immediate and long-lasting. Many of the immediate symptoms such as diarrhea and constipation, fatigue, abdominal pain and irritability are so common among children that parents often disregard them, chalking it up to viruses or too much junk food. Long-range effects are far more serious, however, and include hearing loss, hyperactivity, life-long learning disabilities and speech delays.

The Connecticut Children's Medical Center currently sponsors a program aimed at supporting healthy homes for the state's children. The program, entitled simply, Healthy Homes, provides lead home inspections and safe removal, financial assistance for reconstruction and temporary relocation, and lead hazard education. The program is jointly funded by HUD and the Connecticut Department of Housing.

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Sesame Street iStock 90753033 SMALLIn April of this year, comedian John Oliver teamed up with a few of Sesame Street's beloved characters, Elmo, Oscar and Rosita, to call attention to the nation's ongoing lead paint problem. It's one of many stories of late prompted by all the media attention on Flint, Michigan's lead-tainted water crisis.

But, as an April 18th article by Meredith Blake in the L.A. Times reported, Oliver pointed out that the problem of lead paint dust poses an even more serious threat to the nation's health. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more than 2 million homes in America contain both a lead dust problem and a child under 6 years of age.

Despite his wry jokes about the issue, John Oliver knows it's no laughing matter. The scary fact is that it takes only a tiny amount (as little as 10 milligrams) to affect a young child's lifelong health. And it's literally a decades-old problem in the U.S. In fact, this isn't Sesame Street's first go-round with the issue. Twenty years ago, they produced a song to raise awareness of the problem.

 

spy standing suspicious 400 clr 4414Many people find it exciting to keep up with trends. Something new or different equates to fun, originality and even adventure. Very few who follow trends ever think that their behavior might risk exposure to danger. A recent popular one involved furniture and decor. The stressed treatment furniture with scratches, holes, bent nails with splotches of paint here and there suddenly became fashionable. Most of the furniture came from discarded pieces painted long ago, or from wood salvaged from old structures demolished decades before - now called reclaimed wood.

What has come as surprise is that the cherished piece of furniture or wall or floor decor may possess dangerous levels of lead. Once covered with a lead-based paint, the remnant poisonous lead remains. Now exposed, the villain continues to pose problems for homeowners and businesses. Especially for those who have used the wood to decorate walls, floors and ceilings.

The solution to the problem is easy - throw out the furniture or the decor. Calmer heads recommend testing first before taking drastic action. Many of these pieces demanded high prices and throwing away something costly may prove foolish.

Fortunately, the cost of testing is not expensive. Test kits are available at many local hardware stores. Scraping off a few chips is all it takes, aside from placing the shard samples on a test strip to see if it turns the correct color (red usually). The owner should reflect before deciding. In the interim, the owner should isolate the questionable piece.

It is fair to wonder if the furniture or decor, even though exposed many years if not decades before, continues to present the threat of lead poisoning.

Paint seeps into wood. Most of the older paints were oil-based and wood absorbed that lead-tainted oil like a sponge sopping up water. If an owner is one of the lucky ones, the of wood of the furniture piece may have never been exposed to lead-tainted paint.

The risk as always lies mostly on the shoulder of children. Cribs are always a popular item and the stressed look enhanced that popularity. A simple example will provide insight. While children are teething, it is very common to find chew marks on their cribs.

Lead poisoning continues to raise its dangerous head in many ways. It once held a place so intrinsic to the American way of life, locating it presented no problems. Given its once prominent role in daily life, the continued promise of its debilitating effects may persist for generations to come.

When you make the decision not to start a DIY project and hire a local contractor to help with lead based paint removal from your home, there are compliance regulations that must be followed.

Three Tips for Adhering to OSHA Standards for Lead Paint Removal

The requirements of OSHA standards for the workplace can sometimes be overwhelming. However, these requirements are not necessarily the product of arbitrary bureaucracy. This is especially clear for topics pertaining to lead-based paint removal.

Following OSHA regulations when removing lead-based paint in an industrial setting can prevent illness, provide guidance for the best removal techniques, and lessen the potential for legal issues down the line.

Here are three tips to get you started with OSHA regulations for lead paint removal:

  1. Measure the air for lead exposure. The OSHA standard for lead exposure is 50 micrograms of lead per cubic meter. The CDC provides a set of standard practices and procedures to follow for measuring lead content in the air of a workplace. Expect continued testing every six months even for levels below the OSHA standard, to monitor for possible increases as work continues.
  2. Match worker protection with the level of lead exposure. Don't underestimate the protective gear and techniques required for a safe workplace. Respirators, protective clothing, hand and eye-washing stations, and a detailed training program are the minimum requirements of a workplace engaged in lead paint removal.
  3. Explore as many safe avenues of ventilation as possible. Ventilation is the simplest and most effective method of reducing lead exposure in the air. Equip paint removal power tools with dust collection shrouds, exhausted through a HEPA vacuum setup. Also look for any opportunities for general dilution. Maintain an effective local exhaust system to mitigate the level of lead suspended in the air at the work site.

OSHA lead exposure standards cover more than these details, so view these suggestions as a starting point for developing a safe workplace for lead paint removal.

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Lead Hazard iStock 82541179 SMALLWe've all been made aware of the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan due to extensive national news coverage of the problem, but Cleveland, Ohio has a bigger problem with lead, and unlike Flint, it has nothing to do with their water supply. Cleveland's lead poisoning crisis is a direct result of a failed decades-long campaign to attack the problem of lead paint in the city's old buildings and residences. Consider that at the height of the water-caused lead crisis in Flint in 2014, roughly 7% of its children tested positive for lead poisoning. The percentage of children in Cleveland was a shocking 14.2%, according to a March 3rd New York Times report. The article also reports that Philip J. Landrigan, a leading expert on lead and a professor of preventive medicine and pediatrics at Mt. Sinai School of medicine, the huge problem of lead in the U.S. passes mostly unnoticed, except for a few rare cases. He believes that unless Congress takes further action on the problem of lead poisoning in America's children, the problem will only escalate.

The Federal government started phasing out lead in gasoline in 1975, and lead in paint was banned in 1978. In 2000, a government task force proposed ending lead poisoning in children by the end of the decade. It's clear that has not happened. While blood lead levels in kids under 6 have declined significantly, there is no disputing that much work remains before we eradicate the problem completely. Recent estimates have the number of households that still have at least some lead paint on walls and woodwork is about 37 million, and another 23 million have potentially hazardous levels of lead in soil, paint chips and dust. Of those 60 million hazardous households, the CDC estimates that at least 4 million have children living in them. A half million of those children are believed to have enough lead in their systems to merit medical attention.

Unfortunately, in most cities, the affected neighborhoods are poor ones with little political clout. But experts say that state and local government concern over the costs of fixing the problem is unfounded. A 2009 study estimated that every dollar spent on removing lead hazards would result in $221 in benefits resulting from increased productivity, greater tax revenues and lower health care costs.

The U.S. is plagued by a lead paint problem that has literally been going on for decades. Millions of older homes and apartments across the country -- many housing families with small children -- contain chipping, peeling lead paint which is threatening the normal development of our nation's kids.

On Thursday, September 1st, a local Connecticut newspaper called the NewsTimes, picked up an Associated Press story on the subject. AP writer Matt O’Brien, reports that the nation's top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Julian Castro, is proposing that the level of lead in children's blood that currently triggers federal action to clean up their homes, be significantly reduced. Castro made the announcement about the new proposed rule change in Providence, Rhode Island and later, toured Providence's HUD-assisted homes with the city's mayor.

The current actionable level of lead in children is 20 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Castro wants to lower the level to 5 micrograms per deciliter, saying this would allow HUD to ensure that the homes they support are as safe as possible. The new rule would also expand their investigations to include a full environmental inspection, rather than just a basic lead paint assessment, allowing them to more easily find and fix the source of lead exposure. Under the new rules, any time a child under 6 is found to have lead levels in their blood that are above the threshold, providers of HUD-assisted housing must report the case to HUD, triggering an investigation. If either lead paint or lead-infused soil are found, the provider must fix the problem immediately under penalty of law.

The revisions to the current law would align HUD's lead limits with those recommended by the CDC in 2012.

Castro made the announcement in Rhode Island because the state reportedly has the oldest rental housing inventory in the country. The Rhode Island Health Department says that even though elevated lead levels in the state's children have declined by about one-third in the past 10 years, there are still 935 Rhode Island children who will be entering kindergarten this year with elevated levels of lead in their blood which can lead to irreversible health, behavioral and learning problems.

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direction arrow sign pc 400 clr 3679When dealing with toxic lead paint, it is important to make sure that you and your family are safe from the dangerous lead particles. Two popular and proven options for dealing with lead paint in old homes are treating the paint by removing it and encapsulating, also known as covering it up.

When it comes to lead paint: Why Just Cover it When You Can Treat it!

Encapsulation

Encapsulation is a viable method for areas that are free of contaminants, cracks, and moisture. They must be applied at a specific humidity and temperature. Encapsulation cannot be used in areas of high friction, such as doors or windows.

The disadvantages are that the encapsulant may peel off and expose lead paint, leaks may damage encapsulants, and they require constant maintenance and monitoring to ensure that they are not leaking dangerous lead into the environment.

Treatment

Removing lead paint completely from the home often does take more time and money than encapsulating, but it is a much better long term solution to lead, especially if children under the age of 6 visit your home or live in your home. Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin, especially to young children.

The RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) has specific guidelines for removing lead paint safely, and this difficult task is best left to professionals, for the health and safety of you and your family. If your home was built before 1978, have it tested for the presence of lead. The EPA provides training and certified renovator credentials to individuals and businesses who have completed their safety program. We are a lead-safe certified firm.

Removing lead paint is best left to the experts. Please contact us for more information.

Prior to being banned in the United States in 1978 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead paint was the most common type of paint found in government agencies, businesses, schools, public housing, and, to a large extent, private homes. Lead paint and lead-based paint additives were long favored due to rapid drying, color fastness, and durability. Unfortunately, the very element that made this possible – lead – is a highly toxic heavy metal.

Exposure to lead can cause a number of long-term health problems, particularly for children. Lead exposure in children and infants has been linked to diminished intelligence, learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and seizures. Lead can also damage major organs such as the kidneys and, in extreme cases, cause death.

Despite have been banned 38+ years ago, lead-based paint is still very prevalent in many old structures and, despite its age, still a potential killer. In fact, in many ways, lead-based paint is a larger danger now than when it was first applied. This is due to the fact that old lead-based paints tend to flake, peel and fall off as they age. This releases toxic lead dust in the air, dust which can be harmful or fatal if breathed in a high enough concentration or during prolonged exposure.

This has created a real quandary for anyone who wants to rid their home of lead-based paint. There are two primarily ways to deal with lead paint – treating the paint and removing it, or encapsulation, which involves covering the lead paint with a surface sealant to prevent flaking or the release of lead dust into the surroundings.

Each of these methods have different risks and rewards, but only removal truly solves the problem.

Visit the Environmental Protection Agency website for more information on how to make your home lead-free.

ECOBOND® LBP, 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.

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