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foreman clipboard cellphone plainAmerica’s love affair with lead-based paint was one that lasted for decades. Prior to 1978, the bright white paints favored by many homeowners and endorsed by government agencies for schools and other government buildings, was heavily leaded paint. Lead, a highly toxic metal since linked to severe developmental problems in children, and host of nervous system and other disorders in adults, was a highly prized ingredient in paint. Although the primary colorant in white paint, lead was also a key ingredient in the entire color spectrum of paints, where it was used to speed drying, add durability, and protect paint from excess moisture.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of lead paint in residential structures and government buildings in 1977. The CPSC also banned use of lead paint in furniture and children’s toys to protect children from the risk of lead poisoning from exposure to lead-based paint.

Although nearly three decades have passed since that ban, the legacy of that love affair lives on in many residences, government buildings, and commercial buildings. Unfortunately, as this paint has aged, it has become more fragile, more friable, and more likely to come in contact with people through direct skin contact or by being breathed in as lead-laden dust.

This risk is increased exponentially by demolition or renovation of older homes or buildings that contain lead paint.

For this reason, any lead removal program should be left to a professional, experienced lead removal company.

A professional lead removal company will be able to properly assess the best way to remove leaded paint or other lead-containing building materials. They will also be able to guarantee that the lead removal project adheres to the standards and guideline for safe lead removal as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The RCRA is used to collectively describe the guidelines and policies of the EPA in regards to the safe recovery, removal, and cleanup of hazardous waste such as lead.

In addition, trained removal specialist can also be trusted to make sure that your work site meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines to ensure the health of anyone working on or near the lead-removal project.

Removing lead is a serious project that carries with it considerable risk, risk which can be greatly reduced by choosing the right company to handle your lead removal project.

ECOBOND® 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.

video thumbnail industrial2Lead exposure is a common hazard for contractors and other workers on renovation or demolition projects. Airborne lead can affect air quality, increase many health risks, and compromise EPA compliance.

Fortunately, there is a solution in the form of ECOBOND® LBP - Lead Defender® PRO, a leading product in industrial projects for lead paint removal. When applied to lead-containing paint, especially before blasting, ECOBOND® LBP - Lead Defender® PRO can reduce airborne lead particles, minimizing exposure to residents and workers. It can also seal the lead to make it non-hazardous for disposal.

In Oak Ridge, Tenn., last year, ECOBOND® LBP was specifically requested for a remediation project at the Oak Ridge Schools Preschool and Administrative building.

In 2013, testing by ACZ Laboratories, Inc. confirmed that ECOBOND® LBP "successfully reduces the bio-accessibility of lead from lead based paint by 50% and as much as 75%."

Earlier this year, ECOBOND® announced major advancements to its formula. This includes:

  • Lower price due to advanced technology
  • VOC of less than 15 g/L
  • Protection against acid rain
  • Maximum adhesion that reduces prep time
  • Easier application
  • ECOBOND® LBP - Lead Defender® PRO is made with patented lead treatment reagents that include food-grade additives with natural properties that allow it to bind with lead. This significantly reduces human bioavailability, especially in the case of accidental ingestion. (your specific results may vary)

There is no need to take any chances with safety, health, or the environment. ECOBOND® products have more than 14 years of proven success, and have been used to treat lead hazards in more than 11,000,000 tons of material.

Contact us to learn more about how ECOBOND® can help promote health and safety on your renovation or demolition site!

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

factory buildingWhen people heard about lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, most of them were scratching their heads in confusion. Lead poisoning? That would have been like a news story about how scurvy just made a roaring comeback when no one was looking. We realized that lead was a problem decades ago... that's why we stopped putting it in our paint, and in our gasoline.

What most of us forgot, though, and which news sources like Last Week Tonight have dug up, is that we are still inundated with lead. All that lead paint that was put up in the past? All those lead pipes we installed? Well, those construction projects were built to last, and now we're dealing with the long-term consequences of putting lead in practically everything we built for so many years.

Demolition Preparation: Industrial Projects Lead Paint Removal

Demolition might seem like an ideal solution for getting rid of a lead problem. However, it's important to remember that lead dust is a huge health and environmental hazard. If you have lead paint on your walls, there is no surer way to create a huge cloud of dust than by knocking those walls down indiscriminately.

If you're going to deal with a lead problem as part of a demolition project, then you need to remove the lead before you can demolish anything. And, because lead is such a hazard, it's important not to cut corners when it comes to disposing of it. While proper lead disposal can slow down a project, and add cost to the bottom line, there is no shortcut when it comes to lead. Just like asbestos, and other hazardous materials we once commonly built with, we have to deal with the last generation of hazards, and cut them out cleanly before we can proceed with building the future.

ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender®’s patented lead sealant and treatment formula contains an advanced technology that seals 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.**

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.