construction helmet lead dustThe United States banned lead-based paint in 1978, but lead paint may still be found in older structures. For major commercial or industrial projects, such as upgrades to bridges or power plants,  requires careful consideration.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) points out some of the major risks associated with the industrial use of lead-based products. Soil has a natural lead level of 50 to 400 parts per million, but industrial activities can increase these levels. "When lead is released to the air from industrial sources or vehicles, it may travel long distances before settling to the ground, where it usually sticks to soil particles," the EPA says. "Lead may move from soil into ground water depending on the type of lead compound and the characteristics of the soil."

Because lead contamination is so easily spread, carelessness or inexperience in lead projects can make matters worse by increasing the amount of lead in the environment and exposing workers to unnecessary hazards.

The EPA website features extensive information on the risks of lead and advice for eliminating the risk. The site notes that inspection and risk assessment should be the first steps in lead . Under EPA rules, individuals and companies that perform  projects in pre-1978 housing or facilities occupied by children must be certified and must adhere to certain practices.

A technical manual from the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) lists detailed information about engineering and work practice controls to follow to reduce risks associated with lead. This article from About.com also provides a simplified summary and list of practices to follow in lead projects.

Because lead contamination is far-reaching and long-lasting, it is an issue that affects everyone. Project leaders are responsible for following recommended guidelines and notifying proper authorities of their  progress in order to reduce the risk to workers, residents, and the environment.

ECOBOND® LBP - Lead Defender® PRO is well versed in EPA requirements and your responsibilities as a lead-based paint renovator.   Contact us to see how we can be the first step to putting you and your project on the right side of the law with our patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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