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Ace Hardware has just approved ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® as a new vendor to serve local communities better in the fight against the dangers of lead paint.We were able to connect with many owners at the Ace Hardware Fall 2017 Convention in Chicago.

Enjoy peace of mind from the dangers of lead paint when you use proven & patented ECOBOND® family of products which help mitigate lead dangers to human health and now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact! Paint & Coatings Industry Magazine recently ran a piece about ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® http://www.pcimag.com/articles/103281-ecobond-adds-bitterant-technology-to-lead-based-paint-treatment

 

If you are a contractor or homeowner needing a lead-paint treatment solution, stop by your local Ace store and chat with the paint desk & ask about ECOBOND® - Lead Defender®!

 

In a move to further serve widespread issues associated with the dangers of lead paint we made the strategic decision to add Bitrex® Bitterant Technology to our lead paint treatment product, ECOBOND® - Lead Defender®. Bitrex®. In a recent press release from Johnson Matthey (UK), is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials.  In the new Lead Defender formula, Bitrex® creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest.

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.

 

Feel free to reach out to us directly with any Lead Paint Treatment questions!

 

Source: The Columbian

A project that turned a century-old Fort Vancouver infantry barracks into a new Forest Service headquarters has been recognized as one of Washington’s outstanding examples of historic preservation. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site was among those honored by Washington archaeology and historic preservation officials. The renovation of Infantry Barracks Building 987 received one of the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s 2017 awards for outstanding achievements in building rehabilitation.

We are always pleased to see the Ecobond® family of products recommended and used in any project, but especially one that has this level of importance!

From the Federal RFP:  MT2, LLC- Metal Treatment Technologies asserts "Ecobond" can stabilize lead. The contractor is strongly encouraged to work with MT2, LLC- Metal Treatment Technologies to determine compliance strategy necessary to meet the Regulatory Requirements of 1.6 above and incorporate the necessary steps into the Lead-Based Paint Treatment Plan.

Depending on the type of removal, as with embedded lead, a change in the procedure and the tools required to safely remediate the lead will follow. Always in the process is the fear that lead dust or lead fumes will billow up, spread and be inhaled by those nearby.

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 or download our free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com  

 

 

 

Lead Paint in the news single newspaper 18452Removal of lead paint and minimizing lead dust from spreading are essential to maintaining people's health. Establishing government regulations that dictate the procedures for removal of the dangerous lead component serve to assure the public, including those individuals who remove the lead, that no health issues will ensue from the process. RCRA, OSHA and the EPA provide guidelines, policies and procedures that regulate lead remediation.

Since 1978, the government banned lead as an ingredient in paint. Nearly four decades later, the problems associated with lead continue to persist. Shockingly, lead poisoning remains responsible for the poisoning of nearly one million children per year. An article appearing in the Kansas City Star reports, "[T]his nation has failed to meet a 2010 goal to eliminate childhood lead poisoning by attacking a problem that often exists in poor and minority neighborhoods." 

What is happening in poor neighborhoods to America's children only underscores how important it is to 'get the lead out', while highlighting the need to follow regulations that govern the process for lead and lead dust removal. 

Delving into the processes gives insight to the reason why lead is so dangerous to human health. These are the requirements OSHA demands an individual adhere to when cleaning up lead:

  1. Appropriate respirators
  2. Appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment
  3. Change areas
  4. Hand-washing facilities
  5. Biological monitoring
  6. Training

With these protections in place, a worker is safe, but an individual living in an old home is fully exposed to the dangers. These dangers to health are very real and extremely devastating. In an article by Dr. Charles Crutchfield III, he wrote, “It causes permanent damage, [such as] development, behavior, hearing, intelligence and the ability to learn.  Most of these changes are irreversible." With enough exposure, Dr. Crutchfield concluded that death is the likely result.

Depending on the type of removal, as with embedded lead, a change in the procedure and the tools required to safely remediate the lead will follow. Always in the process is the fear that lead dust or lead fumes will billow up, spread and be inhaled by those nearby. Aside from isolating people from construction projects, OSHA recommends, for example, "[U]sing ... vacuum blast cleaning, wet abrasive blast cleaning, shrouded power tool cleaning, or chemical stripping to ...reduce exposure to respirable airborne particulates containing lead."

When the process of removal is in progress, the greatest fear is airborne lead particles, as the above regulatory guideline indicates.

Those living in old homes where paint is peeling off the walls, who suffer under the blistering summer sun--all events that disturb the lead and release its devastating effects--have no such protections that OSHA (and other agencies) enforce.

ECOBOND®, the premier lead paint solution used to seal and treat lead paint, joins the U.S. Green Building Council member community.  “We are passionate about restoring our environment and protecting people from the hazards of lead with our patented ECOBOND® lead paint technology. We are pleased to align ourselves with leading organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council” stated James Barthel, President and creator of ECOBOND®.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. The Organization is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward in a way that has never been seen before.

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 their lead paint treatment video or download their free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com  

 

Kite pixabay dragons 2475205 640It was a bright, sunny day, which means one thing to a little girl named Jessica: It's time to go outside and fly her new kite! Her dad just showed her how to use it yesterday, and now she finally has the chance to try it out on her own. She ran down the street to the park, carefully checked the line and made sure she didn't have any tangles. All set, she started running, let go of the kite and watched it soar up high ... but suddenly, she saw a big dust cloud blow over her kite and send it straight into a tree. She started to cry as she wondered if anyone could get it down for her, but the truth was that the kite was the least of her problems right now.

She started coughing more and more on the way home. She told her mom about the bad headache she felt, but even after laying down for hours, she only felt worse. Then her stomach started to hurt badly. Finally, her parents took her to the doctor, and they discovered Jessica was another neighborhood victim of lead poisoning. How did this tragedy happen?

That same dust cloud that killed her kite was full of airborne lead particles from the demolition of a building right next to the park. 

In this fictional story above, we learn a very important lesson. Especially in older neighborhoods, both industrial and commercial projects often require building renovations. New owners are quick to tear down old buildings and start over, but it's exactly these demolitions that create a major health hazard by spreading toxic lead dust into the air.

The Laurelhurst, Portland preservation group published studies showing that: Most houses built before 1978 contain lead-based exterior paint and sometimes interior paint ... when they rip down a house with heavy equipment, the pulverized paint becomes dust, releasing lead into the air. The airborne lead from a home demolition spreads throughout a radius of 190 yards -- 570 feet -- on a windless day.   

What should construction companies do to avoid spreading toxic lead dust into the air?

In Wayne State University near Baltimore, they've discovered some important steps that help control the spread of lead dust. Workers spray down a building with water hoses before and after the demolition. They need to receive proper training about handling the debris safely. Better yet is the use of plastic-covered fencing as well as proper street cleaning around the demolition site to protect all the residents in the neighborhood. Everyone should be aware of the risks of lead poisoning, especially since young children are the ones most vulnerable to lead poisoning.

Demolishing or Building an Urban Industrial Projects While Being Wary of Lead Paint Removal.

Building up large industrial projects or tearing them down results in the same problem of keeping the area clean and environmentally friendly. Not only do these benefit pedestrians passing by, they also improve the health and safety of the workers that are vital to the project's success. Additionally, there are many regulations in this area, so governments are constantly monitoring clean-up efforts. Reducing airborne particles produces a more productive and wholesome environment for everybody.

Take a recent project in New York City. The island is packed with busy workers, families, tourists and executives. Keeping a site safe and free of too much lead paint particles is a tough job and important.

In fact, the State requires that land lords identify any areas of risk. They must investigate how the lead paint hazards, inform occupants with a written form and provide an annual notice to update people on the status of the lead.  That is not only for current residents but for residents of nearby buildings when one is being demolished.

Just imagine if the land lord used well-tested, high quality lead paint removal techniques. Not only would that cut down on the time and money spent on investigating further lead paint, it would also meet all the compliance standards set by the State.

Now a building in the heart of the city with bustling people, public transportation, heat or cold can still meet all of the standards when it is being destroyed or built. No matter what the condition, new lead paint removal techniques give the landlord the freedom they want and need.

ECOBOND® - LEAD DEFENDER® 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® - LEAD DEFENDER® 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

Why Its Crucial to Clean Lead Dust Before Demolishing A BuildingDemolishing buildings can be an environmentally damaging experience, particularly if it has serious contaminants such as lead paint where removing lead paint is critical. One of the most serious, yet least discussed, is the problem that occurs when demolishing buildings with lead paint dust. It is vital to clean, prep and treat these buildings properly before demolishing them.

Lead Can Go Airborne

It might be hard for some people to imagine, but lead paint can turn into dust and go airborne. Though lead paint is no longer used in homes and buildings, a large number of structures built before the 1980s still have lead-based paint. When lead paint flakes and goes airborne, the risk of exposure and various health problems (including cognitive degradation) are possible.

This Paint Can Go Airborne During and After Demolition

While lead paint dust in a home or building is dangerous enough, what happens when that building is demolished? Demolishing a building with lead paint and dust could cause it to spread over an entire neighborhood and damage the health of an entire area

Cleaning Up Is Possible

Before demolishing a building that may have lead paint, it is important to take steps to get professional help to treat it. Start by using a HEPA vacuum to suck up all paint dust that could be lead-based. A whole cleaning crew is likely to be necessary for this procedure, as it can require wiping down all the surfaces, removing extensive portions of the building, and much more. By taking care to properly handle lead paint, you can protect your home and your neighborhood from serious lead paint dust dangers. Failure to do so could expose a whole new generation to serious mental and physical health problems that would have been easily avoided.

When Hiring Professional Lead Remediation Experts, it is Important to Understand How These Commercial and Industrial Contractors are Affected by RCRA, and its Waste Removal Regulations?

When the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act was drafted into law in 1976, business and home owners all over the country cringed at the news. They knew it meant that a new financial obligation--their buildings being stripped of old, lead-based paint—would have to be accounted for. However, business and home owners were not the only ones with concerns about the task ahead. Contractors, who would be employed to remove the paint, would risk exposure to harmful dust and debris, which could very easily be scattered into their environment while working. Even the safety of a removal specialist’s family may be at stake if job site exposure results in lead dust on the clothing. According to The Mayo Clinic, the consequences of exposure are severe. Lead poisoning can cause a wide range of symptoms, from seizures, to hearing loss, to learning disabilities in children.  

Environmental contamination is also a concern where any kind of renovation or remodeling produces lead paint waste. According to EPA.gov, the poisonous by-products of renovations must be disposed of by contractors in proper facilities. Thanks to innovations in lead paint safety, paint producers have developed means to contain the hazardous material in a way that makes it “inert,” or unable to leach into its environment from paint chips or dust. New, paint-penetrating technology is used to bond lead in place so that removal and disposal are much safer, and much cleaner. While lead paint removal will be an ongoing task in commercial buildings all over the country for years to come, at least it can now be done without becoming a life-threatening responsibility.

Some types of specialty paint can also minimize airborne lead spread. In this way, you can protect yourself and your employees from serious lead poisoning potential. ECOBOND® - LEAD DEFENDER® 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® - LEAD DEFENDER® 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