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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.

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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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.

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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frustrated at my desk 400 clr 8478There are plenty of regulations and laws that proscribe the use and removal of lead paints. Changes to the laws have occurred since 1970 when lead's use in paint concluded. After nearly a half-century, millions of homes throughout America still contain dangerous levels of lead from paint. The reasons are numerous and in 1998, the EPA issued a memorandum, hoping it would serve to expedite the removal of lead from residential housing.

By reclassifying lead paint debris, excluding it from RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste regulations, the EPA's belief was that, "[it] will facilitate additional residential, renovation and remodeling, and rehabilitation activities, thus protecting children from continued exposure to lead paint in homes ... making lead paint homes safe for children," as issued by Elizabeth A. Cotsworth, Director Office of Solid Waste. In that same memo,"[t]he reclassification made lead paint debris generated by contractors in households ... 'household waste'."

It was plan that balanced cost against danger. But did it work?

Almost twenty years later, according to HUD, "[b]ased on the survey results, it is estimated that 37.1 million homes (34.9%) have lead-based paint (LBP) somewhere in the building, of which 23.2 million (21.9% of all homes) have one or more lead-based paint hazards. Of homes with lead-based paint, 34.4 million (93%) were built before 1978." That may sound like a tremendous number. Exposing so many people and their children to the highly dangerous lead-based paint (LBP) continues as a deeply serious issue, subjecting them to a multitude of serious, possibly permanent, health challenges.

Yet, in 1970, with the banning of LBP, there were approximately 64 million homes affected. It seems that since that time, approximately half the homes have eliminated LBP.

The question now turns on whether the EPA should continue the policy. Lowering costs of remediation, which were and are prohibitive, especially since most of these homes are in poor areas, may have reached its effective point. After all, in two decades more than thirty million homes continue to expose families to danger.

The solution would not be simple. It may pose a greater cost. Yet, we live in a society where the nation organizes to secure and render aid to large regions when storms, earthquakes and other events wreak havoc on the residents and their property. With this perspective, given the health risk to people who occupy these homes, perhaps a similar approach might prove successful.

The answer is no longer to do nothing or pretend that an old statue that has outlived its effectiveness are sufficient. It is now reaching a point where the failure to act looks much like a national disgrace moving in slow motion.

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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.

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

ResidentialIf you currently own or are purchasing an older home, you probably know all about the risks of lead-based paint. You know that homes built before 1978 (when the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint) are likely to have lead-based paint that was never removed properly and was probably simply painted over. You also know that exposure to lead can cause serious health problems, especially for children and pregnant women. In fact, according to the CDC, "Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected."

So what do you do? You might be tempted to rush out to purchase a wire whisk, sander, or paint stripper to get that toxic metal out of the house as soon as possible. But first, being the responsible homeowner you are, you do some research to find out how to do it safely. And, unless you have a great deal of construction experience under your belt, this might be where your DIY ambitions begin to fade. It takes a lot of specialized equipment, expertise, and experience to remove lead paint safely.

Removing lead paint without proper precautions can actually be more hazardous than leaving it on the walls. That's because it is the contact with the lead that causes problems. A wall that was painted with lead-based paint years ago and then repainted a number of times poses less risk of contact than when the lead is exposed through scraping, stripping, or sanding. All these methods cause copious amounts of lead dust and paint chips, which must be dealt with properly. "Lead-contaminated dust is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning in children," according to the Mayo Clinic. You can't see or smell the lead, so it's difficult to identify and eliminate all possibilities for exposure.

The RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, a program created by the EPA) and OSHA have strict regulations that must be adhered to when removing lead paint in an industrial setting. As a homeowner and DIYer, you are not required to adhere to such strict regulations, but it is in your best interest to do so. After all, protecting your family's health is what this is all about, right? The EPA recommends that homeowners take the following precautions, among others, when removing lead-based paint:

  • Remove everything from the area
  • Cover everything with a double layer of 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheeting
  • Use a NIOSH-certified respirator equipped with HEPA filters
  • Turn off ventilation systems
  • Construct an air-lock at the entry
  • Use a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum cleaner for cleanup
  • In other words, you have to be very, very careful when removing lead paint.

So what's the takeaway? Are we recommending that you simply leave the lead-based paint on the walls? Not at all. The lead paint needs to be taken care of, but it's best to talk to a trained professional before making any DIY decisions. We can help. Our professionals are up to date and trained in every regulation, we are well equipped, and we do this all the time. Call us for a consultation today.

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.

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.