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It is an investment when you do the right thing; the cost otherwise is a heavy conscience. It might surprise many to know lead paint is still used within the United States. While the use of this application has been illegal for several decades in residential settings, it remains legal in many industrial settings.

Why? Lead paint is durable. It is protective of metals, helping to reduce corrosion. That is a fact.

Facts do not always prove to win popular opinion. In a healthy business environment facts can, however, create healthy dialogues for what is not only right within the business itself, but what is right for those whom they serve.

Recently, a power company found itself at that very place. After great consideration and arriving at what was most important, their choice to remove lead paint from towers within their service area became a redefining element of who they wanted to become within their community. Serving their customers and the environment in which they immediately affect has taken precedence. The total cost to repaint 6,000 transmission towers will be about $300 million to 400 million, according to the article.remove lead paint from transmission towers lompocrecord dot com

We are living in a great time when companies no longer fear making thoughtful decisions. What should remain just as thoughtful is the need to properly handle lead paint projects such as: factory-upgrades, bridges, power plants, or industrial structures.

ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® exists to lend to such thoughtfulness for any commercial or industrial need. Grand projects are not only modern necessities, they are human and environmental necessities. ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® will effectively treat lead paint in industrial settings making it safe for removal or painting. It not only protects its immediate environment, it protects the future environment, ensuring a safe coexistence with nature and industry.

When conscience outweighs cost, the best is always the outcome. Consider what is best for your business, your industrial structures and for the environment. If becoming environmentally conscious is at your core, contact us. Together, we will put a plan into place that benefits your surrounding environment, your customers, and your business.

ECOBOND® 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 visit www.EcobondPaint.com to view our lead paint treatment video or download our free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com

Lead Paint in the news single newspaper 18452Do you live in a neighborhood with homes that were built before 1978? If you do, you may want to keep an eye open for renovation projects in neighboring homes. especially if you have young children.

There are strict laws about renovating homes containing lead paint. Are your neighbors following them? Lead paint liability recently became the focus of a lawsuit in Orleans Parish, New Orleans, Louisiana, when a couple with a young child complained that their neighbor's renovation covered their own property with white dust -- white dust containing lead paint, they say.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to address the lead paint on his property, failure to obtain a permit and various other counts. The plaintiffs are seeking damages because they say they were forced to dispose of some of their possessions, and their child is now being monitored for lead paint exposure. If he's found guilty, the suit could end up costing the defendant a great deal of money -- far more than it would have cost him to simply follow the law by obtaining permits and hiring a certified lead-based paint abatement contractor.

Following lead paint laws, obtaining permits and hiring a contractor who's been certified by the EPA to safely remove lead paint and lead paint debris, may at times feel like a hassle, but in the end it could save you from legal problems, financial liabilities and most importantly, eliminate the possibility of harming innocent children.

Lead Paint Liability: Durham Neighbors Discover Lead Paint in Yard

When you do a home renovation project, your lead paint liability goes beyond protecting your own home. Without careful planning, your project might end up getting into your neighbors houses and yards. This puts your project at risk for liability, and even worse, can create a serious health hazard for other families on your block.

Unfortunately, these health issues recently became a reality for neighbors in Durham, North Carolina. The trouble started innocently enough, when a house in the neighborhood got their property power washed. Unfortunately, the wash caused lead paint chips to fly from the home into nearby properties. Over six months later, the problem continues.

CBS interviewed nearby homeowners Holly Dwan and Tiffany Graves about the problem. Between the two of them, Dwan and Graves have seven children. Testing on both neighbors' properties shows elevated levels of lead paint in their yards, and in Graves' house, inside the front door. Dwan's daughter tested positive for lead poisoning, but not at the elevated level of 5 mg per deciliter that mandates state help.

In response to the inaction from their neighbors, Dwan and Graves brought their neighbors, Roderick Barbee and Carl Richardson, to court. The judge ordered Barbee and Richardson to fix the problem with their home and change renovation companies. Unfortunately, Dwan and Graves will have to pay for their own cleanup and can't start until the neighbors' house is cleaned up. As a result, they're fighting for regulations protecting the safety of homes in renovation projects. 

With the right planning and action, you can prevent ending up similar situation, or take swift action. If you're planning a project in a home with lead paint, working with a cleanup company will help you cover or dispose of the paint in a way that's safe for everyone. In the neighbors' situation, a lead paint company removal company can make your yard safe again and help you advocate to local organizations.

Lead Paint News Stories: Cleveland, Flint, and Others Still Suffer from Lead Poisoning

The ongoing tragedy in Flint, Michigan continues to make headlines as politicians refuse to fulfill what is one of their most basic duties; making sure citizens have clean water. However, Flint isn't some fluke. It's not the exception that proves the rule. It's just the most visible American city dealing with elevated lead levels in their water, and in their population.

According to The New York Times, Cleveland, Ohio has had similar problems for years. And they still aren't getting dealt with.

What Is Going On?

What happened is pretty clear, according to the coverage. In short, cities have stopped making lead a priority before all the contamination has been removed.

While we tend to think of lead in our paint, pipes, and other building materials as a problem of the past, it's still very much around. It was used for decades as the industry standard, and it's only within the past generation and change that lead has been phased out entirely. Unfortunately, cleaning lead up and getting rid of it is time-consuming, and expensive. As such, property owners, and even governments, have decided to leave the lead where it is. They'll get to it later, because if it just sits there it won't hurt anyone.

Fortunately, though, lead is being recognized as a serious threat once again. Governments, companies, and even private citizens have decided they've had enough of this heavy metal, and its toxic consequences. So, efforts to remove it completely, and safely, are becoming more common. If the efforts grow, it might even lead to a second wave of clearing, as old lead is stripped away, and properly disposed of where it won't harm future generations.

ECOBOND® 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 visit www.EcobondPaint.com, view our lead paint treatment video or download our free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com

The Lead and Healthy Housing Conference brings together professionals from health, housing, community development, community groups, advocacy organizations, the lead industry, real estate firms, and residential and commercial facilities to explore ways to undertake programs and projects designed to prevent incidents of lead poisoning, eliminate indoor environmental hazards, and create healthy living and working environments.

ECOBOND® is honored to be associated with such a fine organization which allows attendees to explore successful techniques for increasing screening rates among at-risk populations; for undertaking housing-based primary prevention programs; for conducting public education and community outreach programs; for expanding from lead hazard control to Healthy Homes programs, for conducting integrated pest management and bed bug eradication programs; for conducing healthy housing inspections and remediation; for providing lead poisoning prevention and healthy housing information to refugee families; for creating an environmental health collaborative; and, for improving and streamlining grant management procedures.

We sponsorsed an exhibit at the 2017 Lead and Healthy Housing Conference to spotlight our proprietary leadpaint removal and lead treatment product.

2017 Healthy Homes Products for removing lead paint

2017 Healthy Homes Products for removing lead paint sponsor exhibit

 

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.

ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® recently announced new research confirming the efficacy of lead treatment protocols with demonstrated benefits by third party validation of a novel, low cost Lead Contaminated Surface Treatment (LCST). This treatment effectively treats and seals lead contaminated surfaces; thereby mitigating the potential for lead exposure hazards to humans and the environment. To download the full Technical paper titled: “Lead Contaminated Surface Treatment”, visit www.LeadTreatment.com

construction safetyLead poisoning is insidious; it is often undetectable until a large amount has accumulated, which is when it's the most dangerous. So, preventative precautions are imperative when dealing with lead. Anyone who has worked on a construction site might be familiar with the risk of ingesting airborne lead particles, most commonly through the lungs, or skin pores. Lead is a pervasive poison; it contaminates virtually the whole body; the cardiovascular system, the central nervous system, reproductive system, hematological system, and kidneys. In the most extreme cases, lead poisoning can result in death. It must feel like the corrosion of one's body and mind with symptoms like joint and muscle pain, headaches, abdominal pain, decadence of memory and/or concentration, mood disorders and more. Not only is lead dangerous to the workers themselves, it can be harmful to their family as well. Therefore, it is critical for employers to provide their workers with lead contamination and containment safety education. Here is a link to the EPA website to locate an RRP training class or provider in your area.

Lead poisoning is most common in construction, plumbing, welding, and painting, among others. It often comes in mists, fumes, and dust, in which case it's inhaled through the lungs. Ensuing ingestion, the lead enters the blood stream, and is stored in vital organs and bodily tissues. Some of the lead exits the body after a day or two, but some remains trapped in the body. So, repetitive exposure results in accumulation of lead, which, in turn, leads to severe sickness. 

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, helps reduce and prevent lead poisoning by "promoting the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards" of the workplace environment. OSHA establishes a PEL (permissible exposure limit) of 50 micro-grams per cubic meter of air over a span of eight hours. If the employee's lead exposure exceeds the standard, the employer is, at minimum, required to: provide exposure assessment, medical surveillance, job-specific compliance programs, engineering and work practice controls, respiratory protection, protective clothing and equipment, housekeeping, lead-related hygiene facilities and practices, hazard signs, employee information and training, and record-keeping. The most preventative method that one can practice is covering every inch of the body. That means wearing a respirator, goggles or full facial shield, full body coveralls, gloves, boots and something to conceal the head.

The lead paint movement is gaining traction in a positive way: Detroit demolition project.

Detroit is a city on a mission to reinvent its old neighborhoods by demolishing 8.000 old, unsafe homes and building new ones in their place. But its ambitious demolition project is causing concerns for the people living near the homes being demolished in their neighborhoods.

City officials have touted the project as a cornerstone of the city's resurgence goals and have assured residents that the demolition project will result in safer, more desirable neighborhoods. In October of 2016, the mayor cited the rising per-house demolition costs are the result of added environmental precautions put in place by his administration and approved by the EPA.

The problem, according to the Detroit Free Press is that not all contractors involved in the demolition are following the protocol. Many are failing to properly and adequately remove debris in a timely manner, failing to notify neighbors near demolition sites of their actions, and failing to provide them with lead safety information and recommendations.

Even more troubling is that even when contractors are following those city-ordered environmental precautions to the letter, scientific studies have shown that because of the scale of the project, lead dust is still spreading and contaminating neighboring properties. Lyke Thompson, a leading advocate on lead paint contamination in the city of Detroit, agrees that getting rid of the unsafe structures is necessary, but wishes the city would come up with a way to make the project safer for the children of Detroit. Other experts say that there are few guidelines for projects of this scale, lamenting that there are more lead-paint regulations for a kitchen renovation than for the demolition of 8,000 lead paint filled houses. Some say there are far stricter regulations for the removal of asbestos in demolition projects than there are for lead paint. Some neighbors say that while they did receive notifications of when demolition of homes in their neighborhoods would begin, they received no special instructions regarding how to protect their children from lead-paint dust.

The great news is that City administrators have suspended contractors who've been caught not following safety protocol.

ECOBOND™ 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 visit www.EcobondPaint.com to view our lead paint treatment video or download our free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com