The Importance of Controlling Airborne Lead Dust in Industrial and Commercial Projects

construction safetyLead 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.

The health effects of lead include coma or death at the highest levels, but even low levels can affect the body in many ways, causing damage to the brain, blood cells, or kidneys. Lead poisoning can cause miscarriages in pregnant women, and has been linked to learning disorders in children. Symptoms of lead poisoning in adults include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, and irritability. Because of these symptoms, lead poisoning is often misdiagnosed.

Many lead-containing materials, such as paint, can shed dust particles that become airborne. In this form, lead is easily breathed into the lungs or absorbed into the skin. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that breathing in lead dust is one of the most common causes of lead exposure among adults. Because of this, it is highly important to control lead dust during industrial and commercial projects.

Columbia University in New York has published a list of guidelines for minimizing lead dust exposure in many projects. These guidelines include:

  • Use of personal protective equipment, including a disposable coverall and a respirator with HEPA filters
  • Use of plastic sheeting (6 mil thick) on areas such as the floor of the work area, furnishings, and vents (plastic sheeting also should be used to cover foliage and the ground during exterior work)
  • Control of pedestrian traffic through work area

Lead exposure is dangerous, but also preventable. Newer solutions have reduced the need for lead, and greater awareness has helped reduce unnecessary exposure.

ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender® PRO’s patented lead sealant and treatment formula contains an advanced technology that includes lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators and high quality water based paint providing up to a 95% reduction in lead hazards* and controls the spread of airborne lead dust by up to 99% (ASTM E1613-12: Reduces airborne lead dust by up to 99%)

ECOBOND® LBP’s NEW & IMPROVED Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Lead Paint Sealant and Treatment Formula is Now Lower Cost, Easier-to-Use and Even Safer for Your Family!

After extensive research and development, we had an amazing breakthrough and have enhanced our proven and patented formula to bring you a lead paint sealant and treatment solution with these upgraded features:

o    Cheaper: Breakthrough technology allowed us to lower the price!

o    Safer: VERY Low VOC! (less than 15 g/L) & protects against acid rain.

o    Smooth finish: Allowing you maximum versatility and quality on your projects!

o    Maximum adhesion: Reducing prep time and can be used on more types of surfaces!

o    Tintable: Opening up a wide-range of color combinations!

o    Low odor: No smell to inconvenience your family!

o    Easier to Use: Application with standard paint sprayer, brush or roller!

o    Superior lead treatment capability

 Contact us for more information on how you can reduce lead exposure in your industrial and commercial projects.

 

The Impact that RCRA Non-Hazardous Disposal Criteria Has On Commercial and Industrial Contractors

RCRA complianceThe Resource Conservation and Recovery Act or RCRA was passed in 1976 to control hazardous waste. It gives the right to control hazardous waste to the Environmental Protection Agency from "cradle to grave", according to the EPA's website.  Its goal is to eliminate hazardous waste and to reduce waste altogether. The RCRA's regulations are enforced by inspections of properties. 

The EPA's goal is to have 95 percent of the RCRA's final remedies in place by 2020. However, that is an ambitious goal that, according to the General Accounting Office or GAO, is unlikely to be met, according to several interviews with GAO and EPA officials which is reported by Lexology.

According to the same report, the RCRA will have a huge impact on commercial and industrial contractors when this goal is finally met. 

 "The RCRA cleanup baseline includes 3,779 facilities expected to need corrective action and the universe contains a wide variety of sites. Some properties are heavily contaminated while others were contaminated but have since been cleaned up. Still others have not been fully investigated yet, and may require little or no remediation. Inclusion in the 2020 Universe does not necessarily imply failure on the part of a facility to meet its RCRA obligations.” 

These hazardous materials are very harmful to ourselves and the environment, and despite RCRA being passed forty years ago, they are clearly still a relevant danger today. There are almost four thousand facilities that do not follow the guidelines, and not all of the properties have been fully investigated. But the hazardous materials are still affecting us today. The best way we can fight this is to use safe, nontoxic protectants, like ECOBOND®, to keep ourselves safe.

 

This St. Patrick's Day Wear Green for the Green Building Movement!

leprechan with signThis March 17 you better be wearing green if you don't want to be pinched by a child.  If your job keeps you clear of children and children in adult bodies on St. Patrick's Day, consider wearing green anyway in support of the Green Building movement. One way to achieve this is to make sure you do not have any lead based paint in your home. Once you have tested your home with an in-home lead paint testing kit that you can pick up at any Home Depot, if there is any lead paint, you need a Lead-Based Paint Treatment

What, you may say; I am not much of an environmentalist.  That is a common misunderstanding of building green.  The green building movement is taking into account not only the environment, but also the economy, and society when designing, engineering, and constructing buildings or remodeling old ones.  Building green is a balance between the big three for the most reasoned approach.  Its principles should be considered in your company's customer services department, finance and accounting, human resources, you name it. 

And building green is not just a part of the construction aspect. Sustainable building practices are part of the project's siting to design, design to construction, construction to operation, maintenance, renovation and eventually even its demolition.  It is so much more than sealing up drafty air spaces in the walls.  At ECOBOND®, we are especially proud of our part in the green building cycle of safely and economically assisting commercial retrofitters with the evaluation and treatment of possibly lead-paint-laden project sites.   

So this St. Patty's Day, wear green, and tell your colleagues you are not afraid of a little pinch, you are just showing your support of the green building movement.  Then, contact us to put your support of the color green to work in your next construction or retro-fitting project. 

New Study Touts the Benefits of Green Building

Dodge Data & Analytics recently completed a study of global green building trends, with the help of Saint-Gobain, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Regenerative Network. While the study examined green building trends in a number of countries, the section on the United States is cause for much encouragement, but with one or two areas for improvement.

An increasing percentage of respondents reported that at least 60 percent of their new building projects will be green, from 24 percent in 2015 to 39 percent by 2018. Respondents who reported that less than 15 percent of their new projects will be green plunged from 47 percent in 2015 to 27 percent by 2018. While impressive, the numbers are less than those from some other countries such as Brazil, China, and Saudi Arabia.

American firms are increasingly using green building practices in not only new construction of commercial and institutional building (46 percent of American respondents as opposed to 38 percent globally) but on retrofitting older buildings to make them more “green” (43 percent of American respondents as opposed to 37 percent globally.)

76 percent of American respondents note that reducing energy consumption is the greatest reason for engaging in green building practices, double the number of responses that gave reducing water consumption as a reason. Green building practices are paying off, with a nine percent reduction in median operating costs in the first year alone. Green buildings have risen seven percent in value compared to more traditional buildings.

However, only 57 percent of American respondents report using metrics to measure green building performance, as opposed to 75 percent globally, possibly because American builders are the most concerned about the high, upfront costs of green building.

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.

To learn more view our lead paint treatment video below

 

Lead Paint Testing is The First Step to Securing Your Safety Before Lead-Based Paint Treatment.

Children high fiveLead is something we don't think about very much in modern-day America. Why would we? Lead is mostly used industrially these days. Short of events like the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, lead exposure seems like a thing of the past. However, in the not-too-distant past, this dangerous heavy metal was everywhere. We used it in pencils, we put it in cosmetics, we used it in paint... it was one of those miracle metals we didn't realize caused serious health problems until it was way too late. Once absorbed into the body, lead stays put, and it can cause problems in every major internal organ. In large enough quantities, lead can even kill. Selecting the best lead paint treatment is critical

Which is why if you're moving into a house built before 1978, it's a good chance to check the paint to make sure it's safe with Lead Paint Testing. We recommend going to Home Depot online to select a kit.

According to the EPA, 1978 was the year the federal government officially banned the use of lead-based paint. That didn't do anything to fix the lead that was already coating walls all across America, though, and several of those walls still have lead-based paint on them. It might be under a few newer coats of paint, but the lead is still there. Worse, over time, that lead-based paint can wear down, and turn to dust. That dust gets on your skin, in your mouth, in your eyes, and now it's in your body, whether you wanted it there or not.

That's why, before you move into a home (especially an older home), it's important to check it for lead contamination. Once you've had the tests done, and you know for sure that there is or isn't lead in your home, you can take the next step. Either sighing in relief and getting on with your life, or deciding how you're going to remove that lead before it can cause you and your loved ones any grief.

Earlier this year, the news of children in Flint, Michigan suffering from lead poisoning due to the tainted water supply in the city, made parents all over the country nervous.

If the news of Flint, Michigan's water problems made you shudder in fear at the thought of your children ever being exposed to dangerous levels of lead through the water supply, you should know that water isn't the worst culprit of lead exposure. 

According to the New York Times article, "Flint is In the News, but Lead Poisoning is Even Worse in Cleveland" by Michael Mines, lead poisoning is a concern in cities all over the country.

"Too much lead in children’s blood has long been an everyday fact in  too much lead in children’s blood has long been an everyday fact in Cleveland and scores of other cities — not because of bungled decisions about drinking water, but largely because a decades-long attack on lead in household paint has faltered."

The only way to make sure your children are safe is to invest in lead paint testing for your home. This is especially important if you have recently moved, or if you live in an older home.

Hopefully, no lead will be found in your home's paint.  However if lead is found in the paint in your home, we can walk you through how to solve the problem quickly and effectively. You will need to use the right lead paint removal treatment products.

We want to help you provide a safe environment for your children. Please contact us to learn more about lead paint testing for your home.

 

At-home Lead Test Kits & Options for Lead Paint Testing

family umbrellaYou have just purchased a house built before 1978 and you're worried about the potential dangers of lead. So you take a trip to the hardware store or choose to buy an at-home lead paint testing kit online from vendors such as Home Depot.  Is this a good idea? Or, should you have your home professionally tested?

The major advantage of at-home test kits is they are an inexpensive option. But, can they be trusted? According to Consumer Reports they can, but the reliability is not without a caveat.  First, you must make sure you do the test properly. Depending on which kit you get, following the instructions are not always easy, and reading the results are, at times, challenging. Plus, there are two types of tests. One uses sodium sulfide, the other rhodizonate. Each have issues with particular colors of paint.

Moreover, there are differences between kits that test for paint containing lead and kits that test for lead dust issues. Those who know (or assume) lead is present in their home take the latter test. They simply want to know whether or not the lead will be an issue. These tests also require mail-in results, as well as a set of step-by-step instructions. From Maine Public Health, here is a video of the process.

Yet, even if your home passes a lead dust kit test, that doesn't mean your house will stay free of lead problems. With at-home tests, your nerves could eat at you. "Did I do them right?" Perhaps if you lack confidence in such tests, you may want to have a professional inspect your house, identify the risks, and recommend corrections.

If you've determined lead is not a problem (for now), but you know lead is present, wouldn't you want to take the necessary steps to prevent it from becoming a problem in the future?  If so, contact us. ECOBOND® LBP is our patented lead sealant and treatment formulacontains an advanced technology thatseals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. The formula includes lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators and high quality water based paint providing up to a 95% reduction in lead hazards and controls the spread of airborne lead dust by up to 99% and now resists acid rain.

Options for Lead Paint Testing

If you are a parent, likely one of your number one priorities is to keep your kids safe.  You child-proof your home when they are little, buy them helmets and knee pads for riding scooters and bikes, and watch them carefully on playgrounds and in pools.  You hold their hands when crossing streets and strap them into car seats and strollers so they'll be safe from harm.

Yet you may not realize a hidden danger your children may be exposed to every day in your own home: lead.  Any home or facility built before 1978 likely had lead paint put on its walls, doors, trim, and windowsills. Children under the age of 6 are most at risk for lead poisoning and the toxic effects it can have on their health.  According to a brochure released by the Environmental Protection Agency, this is because their growing bodies absorb more lead, their brains are more susceptible to the damaging effects of lead, and they are more likely to put things in their mouths as they are very oral at these young ages. This means they may have lead dust on their hands while crawling around and ingest it when they put their hands in their mouths, or they may eat fallen paint chips.  They are also more likely to chew on door frames and windowsills, exposing them to lead paint particles.  Also, if you are pregnant and breathing in lead dust particles from the air in your home, your baby is at risk in-utero.

According to the brochure from the EPA, risks to children include nervous system damage, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder, behavior problems, muscle damage, and hearing loss among other things, and can even lead to death. This is a real and present danger.

So what can you do about this risk?  First, if you are considering purchasing a home built before 1978 or are currently living in one, you will need to proceed with lead paint testing  of the home as soon as possible. We recommend buying a kit from Home Depot. You currently have three options for lead paint testing in your home:

  1. Purchase a home test kit from a home improvement store.  These are inexpensive and produce quick results.  However they don't tell you how much lead is present.
  2. Send in samples to accredited laboratories.  A list of laboratories can be found here at the EPA website. You will want to call the laboratory and find out instructions of how to collect the samples and send them in. The lab will be able to tell you how much lead is present in a given sample. This is a more expensive route than a home test kit, but is more thorough.
  3. Hire a Licensed Lead Risk Assessor.  You can hire an assessor to test for lead as well as to make sure all the lead has been properly contained or removed. This also costs more than a home test kit but will be more thorough.

Once the presence of lead has been confirmed, you must choose to contain it or remove it, or both.  Removal must be done carefully by a professional since removal releases lead particles into the air.  Fortunately there is a safer option available to homeowners and contractors alike. ECOBOND® LBP is a "specialty paint product formulated to seal and treat the hazards of lead based paint." It seals in the lead so that it is no longer a hazard or makes it safe for removal by professionals.  

Painting over the lead based paint with ECOBOND® LBP is a cost-effective option for homeowners who want safety without breaking the bank.  Once this product is applied you won't need to worry that you and your children will be exposed to lead in your home from paint sources. ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender® is specially formulated with patented lead treatment reagents made with food-grade additives  to take advantage of the natural binding properties with lead. This proprietary blend provides advanced human bioavailability reduction, in case of accidental ingestion of the treated lead paint dust and chips. (your specific results may vary) 

Third party independently documented test results utilizing US EPA method confirming the effectiveness of ECOBOND® LBP in protecting human health.

Contact us for more information on lead paint testing and the ECOBOND® LBP products we offer.