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Breaking News lead paint issues solvedMore than 25 years have passed since Congress passed the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. How much of an issue is it in 2018? 

Though the Lead-Based Paint Hazard act may seem almost antiquated, it's not. Consider that most states (and many cities) had established departments of public housing in the first half of the 20th Century. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), for example, was established in 1935. Today nearly 400,000 NYC residents live in public housing - most of it built well before the US banned the use of lead paint in 1978. And, the ban and lead paint remediation/treatment includes child care facilities and schools, in addition to some other public buildings. 

Lead Paint Ban, Testing, and Treatment

The law, intended to protect families from exposure to lead from paint, dust, and soil, directed HUD and EPA to require the disclosure of known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before the sale or lease of housing built before 1978.

Contractors and property owners who fail to comply with proper and safe management of lead paint sites are fined and cited. The EPA reported more than 100 federal enforcement actions in 2016. It is much more difficult to track how myriad state and local laws are enforced regarding the removal and/or treatment of residential buildings with lead-based paint. From Maine to Oregon, and from St. Louis to Cleveland, a plethora of laws are enforced at the local, state, and federal level regarding the treatment of lead-based paint hazards - including how residue can contaminate the soil

Lead Paint Treatment vs. Lead Paint Stripping What's the Difference?

The EPA's 2014 answers to Frequently Asked Questions addresses an important issue - whether removal lead paint is necessary. In fact, stripping (removal) projects often take longer than other treatment options (encapsulation, containment or simply Treating the lead paint) and can increase the potential hazards. This is caused by the process of stripping lead paint, which often results in dust and chips being introduced to the surrounding air, water and soil - effectively adding to the risk of exposure. 

Unfortunately, the answer to the question, "Is lead paint still a hazard in 2018?" is a clear yes. The good news is, since the lead paint ban in 1978, many new and effective treatment options have become available.   

The EPA offers extensive guidance on selecting safe methods of treating any remaining lead paint hazards in public or private housing, schools, and child care facilities, as well as tips on selecting products and certified contractors to handle lead paint treatment projects.

According the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "Lead abatement is an activity designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards." There are many laws and regulations regarding lead abatement.  Removal of lead-based paint requires special training, certification, and testing.

Chemical stripping of paint to remove it is considered an abatement technique. This involves application of a stripping agent to loosen the paint, so it can be removed; usually with scraping, blasting with abrasives, or water pressure wash. A huge challenge of this abatement method is proper containment the lead-contaminated waste produced. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outlines disadvantages to chemically stripping lead-based paint; including the possibility that stripping doesn't guarantee complete removal of the lead threat.  

Lead abatement by paint stripping can be cost prohibitive because of high labor costs and the chemicals themselves are expensive; particularly in the amounts necessary for large projects.

Additionally, the chemicals may:

  • create additional hazards
  • require additional or supplemental Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • require appropriate environmental controls

Operations such as abrasive cleaning of lead-based paint using shots as well as grit that gets hurled at high velocity at lead-based paint create a dangerous amount of lead dust. Shot blasting is necessary because it creates a suitable surface for metallic objects to get painted on. However, the government demands doing a lot of vacuuming and cleaning of the air using scrubbers to prevent the spread of lead-based dust.

Sealing and treating the lead-based paint may be a better solution. Use of paint specifically designed to both seal and treat the lead may be an easier, more economical way to overcome your lead problem and create a safe environment for workers.

Lead treatment involves compounds which react with lead molecules to stabilize them. (A molecule is the tiniest amount of a substance that still has the properties of that substance. A molecule of lead is invisible but still toxic!) This stabilization prevents lead molecules from becoming airborne and creating lead dust contamination. Painting over lead paint with a lead-specific treatment is considered an effective interim control by the EPA that

  • reduces lead hazard temporarily until full compliance can be achieved.
  • works to stabilize lead on surfaces that are slated for disposal.
  • can be used to address immediate lead paint problems such as chipping and peeling.

Additionally, treating lead is far more economical and requires significantly less environmental control than a stripping operation. Prior to blasting in your containment system why not treat it with ECOBOND® - Lead Defender®? This solution provides worker and vicinity residential safety, reduces airborne lead dust particulates, and at the same time seals lead and lead paint dust rendering it non-hazardous for disposal.

Lead Paint Treatment: Eliminating the Hazard of Lead Understand the threat!

Large applications of lead-based paint can leave you with an industrial nightmare unless you know how to treat the problem. The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) cites several ways to reduce lead exposure in the workplace. These measures, known as "engineering controls", include ventilation measures, excluding workers from lead-contaminated areas, use of water to contain dust, and replacement with non-hazardous materials. 

Just remember: It is paramount to maintain compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations as you eliminate lead hazards.

Solution:

Enjoy Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented

ECOBOND® Family of Products! Now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact! In the new Lead Defender formula, Bitrex® creates an added safety barrier to further protect children (and pets!) from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest.

Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials.

Learn how ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® is a Lead-Based Paint Treatment.
Download free Industry Report: www.LeadPaintTreatment.com

 

 

 

new release April 2018

In June of 2017, Ecobond LBP, LLC (ECOBOND®) entered into an agreement with Dr. Nicholas Basta from Ohio State University (OSU) a National Leading expert regarding the dangers of lead in the environment. The purpose for this program was to allow for a rigorous independent University validation of the positive effects of ECOBOND® Lead Defender® (ELD) on lead dust and lead paint hazards found commonly throughout the USA and especially in high Urban population centers. Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) reported: “The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has estimated that, based on 2015 data, lead exposure accounted for 494,550 deaths and loss of 9.3 million Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) due to long-term effects on health.”

Dr. Nicholas Basta is a Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry at OSU. He is author of over 422 career publications; 111 of them in the last five years. He is on the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council and the USDA CSREES Technical Committee. Internationally, he is also part of the Bioavailability Research Group of Europe, the Bioavailability Research Group of Canada, as well as on the International Committee for the International Conference on Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements.

Dr. Basta’s research program is focused on risk-based in-situ remediation of metal contaminated sites and development / application of lab methods to evaluate the ability of soil treatments to reduce exposure (bioavailability, mobility) (for the last 20y). The research program is internationally known for its development and application of inexpensive in vitro gastrointestinal methods that are acceptable to USEPA for evaluating bioavailability (human and eco) in contaminated soil.

Dr. Bastia’s ECOBOND® testing included following EPA test methods for:

  • IVBA – In Vitro bio accessibility. This test is to simulate human ingestion
  • TCLP - Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure. This test is to test for hazardous material
  • SPLP -Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure. This test is to simulate affects from acid rain
  • WEXT – a de-ionized water extraction test (WEXT). This test is to test for effects of water

Testing Parameters:

  1. The samples were tested for total lead using US EPA Method 6200. (Average 175,983 mg/kg)
  2. Bioavailability testing via EPA Method 1340, 9200.2-86 In Vitro Bioaccessibility (IVBA) with a modified pH of 2.5 (US EPA, 2008)
  3. The samples were then subjected to EPA SW-846 Test Method 1311 Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP, USEPA 2007b)
  4. EPA SW-846 Test Method 1312 Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure (SPLP, USEPA 2007c)
  5. A de-ionized water extraction test (WEXT) using method 1312 with deionized water in place of the SPLP extractant.

The ECOBOND® treatment significantly reduced (B.) IVBA (86%), (C.) TCLP (98%), (D.) SPLP (99%), and (E.) WEXT (99%).

Conclusion: ECOBOND® Lead Defender® is a highly efficient, cost effective product for significantly reducing lead hazards through treatment as a primer, sealer or topcoat of a leave on application or waste disposal solution. The results of Dr. Bastia’s independent analysis are consistent with other independent studies and with results obtained daily from the over 10,000 customers who purchase and use ECOBOND® on a wide variety of uses everyday across the USA.

James M. Barthel, Creator of ECOBOND® Lead Defender® commented, “We are tremendously honored to have our lead paint treatment solution selected by Dr. Basta.
ECOBOND® is the premier provider of environmental products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead and receiving the results from this research study from Ohio State University, validates the effectiveness of our patented a Lead Contaminated Surface Treatment (LCST), ECOBOND® Lead Defender®. This treatment effectively treats, and seals lead contaminated surfaces; thereby mitigating the potential for lead exposure hazards to humans and the environment.”

Barthel continued, “The challenge we faced when researching this solution was that a Lead Contaminated Surface Treatment (LCST) must seal lead contamination on surfaces as well as facilitate treatment of the underlying lead.”

ECOBOND® Lead Defender® is that solution. It is a patented technology that integrates a proven state-of-the-art lead complexing treatment to help RRP contractors as well as homeowners needing a proven and reliable lead dust and paint solution.

The formula contains patented lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators and softeners designed to penetrate, bond, seal and treat existing lead dust and paint while controlling the spread of airborne lead. This product is resistant to acid rain leaching, has low odor, low VOC, a quick dry resin, has excellent adhesion, a low fire hazard due to its high flame resistant and paint qualities like a high end premium latex paint. It is also mold and mildew resistant and can be tinted in a wide range of colors.

To download the full research report with data, titled: “Bio accessibility and Extractability of Treated Lead Based Paint”, visit http://ecobondlbp.com/studies

 

 

 

child with puppy shutterstock 503609692When you come home, your dog greets you at the door with a wagging tail and adoring gaze. Even the most reclusive cat has a grudging love for its owner. But anyone who shares their home with pets knows that dogs can be trusted to eat anything and everything in sight, and cats can be counted on to get into all of the dirty, neglected corners of your house. From "hidden" leftovers to scraps from the table, it's one of the most endearing qualities that make dogs and cats the two most popular pets in America. But if your home is older, you may need to see if lead paint removal is needed.

Sometimes this adventurous tendency can lead to severe consequences for animals. Among the most dangerous substances for house pets is lead. The dangers of lead to pets, especially dogs, is well documented. Many older homes with lead paint chipping and dust are potentially dangerous environments. These effects are mostly related to the gastrointestinal and central nervous systems. And though dogs are more often affected by paint chips, cats can suffer from many of the same effects if lead dust gets in their food or fur. Symptoms of lead poisoning include digestive issues or abdominal pain, vomiting, severe anxiety, blindness, unsteady walking, tremors, seizures, and lethargy. Consult your veterinarian if you are concerned about lead exposure. Treatment will depend on the timing and severity of exposure.

How prevalent is lead in the environment? 

Lead exposure varies depending on your surroundings. If you live in an area with older homes, even if you've proactively addressed lead paint on your own property, peeling paint on neighborhood homes or fences can contaminate soil or nearby water sources. Your dog can inadvertently consume lead from paint while rooting around in the grass or drinking from a puddle. Lead dust can stick to paws, and it can be ingested by licking.

The variety of animals affected is larger than just cats and dogs. Some of the most vulnerable pets are birds. Since most pet birds weigh very little, a small flake of lead paint can have a drastic effect on avian health. Birds can even harm themselves by chipping away newer coats to get at toxic paint underneath. But no matter what kind of pet you own, a heart wrenching trip to the vet is best avoided by taking a proactive approach to lead treatment.

If you are a dog owner, you know that dogs are members of our families. They are also often undiscerning consumers of all things edible and inedible, and their natural curiosity can sometimes get them into trouble. We already know how to keep our dogs safe from chocolate, but do we know how to protect our dogs from lead?

How can we protect our dogs? 

Be aware of likely sources of lead paint, and keep your dog away from it, staying especially mindful of properties and structures undergoing renovation. Active construction can significantly increase lead contamination if vigilant efforts are not made to contain dust and debris. Wash your dog's paws after walking in areas where lead contamination is likely. Elevated lead levels can also exist around industrial structures, such as water and high transmission towers. For more information on how lead impacts our environment, you can read the EPA article “Protect Your Family from Exposures to Lead”, click here.

If lead paint is an issue in your home, keep your dog away from renovation projects, and make sure water and food dishes are removed from places where paint could contaminate them, such as peeling windowsills. Consider treating existing lead paint areas with products for removing lead paint in a paint on leave-on application intended for this purpose.  

Even if lead paint is not an issue in your neighborhood, everyday household items sometimes contain lead and should be kept away from dogs. Such items include:

  • lead sinkers for fishing
  • lead ammunition, especially in the form of pellets
  • batteries
  • some imported toys

For more information about common household sources of lead, as well as what to do if you suspect lead poisoning in your pet, click here to read the article, “Lead Poisoning in Dogs and Cats” from Pet Health Network.

With awareness, we can identify potential lead hazards to our dogs, and with a little extra vigilance, we can keep our four-legged family members safe from lead!

Solution:

Enjoy Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented

ECOBOND® Family of Products! Now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact! In the new Lead Defender formula, Bitrex® creates an added safety barrier to further protect children (and pets!) from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest.

Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials.

Learn how ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® is a Lead-Based Paint Treatment.

Download free Industry Report: http://www.EcobondPaint.com

 

 

www.pancanal.com/eng/acp/environment/index.html

Executive Summary:

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is an autonomous legal entity of the Republic of Panama, established under public law, established under Title XIV of the National Constitution with exclusive charge of the operation, administration, management, preservation, maintenance, and modernization of the Canal, as well as its activities and related services, pursuant to legal and constitutional regulations in force, so that the Canal may operate in a safe, continuous, efficient, and profitable manner.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP, for its Spanish acronym) recognizes the need to manage the waterway with criteria that take into consideration the progress of its stakeholders [the Panamanian people], Canal users, communities, and other players involved. Therefore, its mission is oriented towards concepts of development and environmental sustainability.

 The ACP’s environmental strategy is based on three main points: 

  1. compliance with the responsibility of managing and preserving the water resource of the Canal Watershed;
  2. efficient operation of the Canal; and
  3. protection of the environment and fostering sustainable development of the Watershed.

It is worth emphasizing that the vision and mission of the ACP propose the integration of the surroundings in which the Canal operates and its inhabitants.  In accordance with this new vision, the ACP subscribed the United Nations Global Compact in December 2002 and, in August 2002, became a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).  Furthermore, the ACP follows international standards such as the Equator Principles (EPs) in dealing with environmental impact assessment. In subscribing to these agreements, the Panama Canal Authority reiterates its commitment to take into account the environmental and social aspects in all of its activities and projects to avoid or minimize possible negative impacts.

 

Challenges:

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) hired a Contractor to build a floating dock, it was discovered that there was lead paint present in several buildings that were set to be demolished. Ignoring this may present more potential problems with disposal, worker safety or other considerations. 


How the Product Helped:
 

Because there was no prior experience in lead treatment, a search was conducted for possible solutions. Typical lead paint removal options were analyzed for cost and convenience and among the other products, this product, ECOBOND® - Lead Defender®, offers a lead treatment paint at the best cost.

We are using “as a reference” the ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® in most of the construction projects requiring some kind of lead treatment, because it was tested and approved to use in the Canal; our engineering department only allows specific materials..

Luis A. Henríquez F.
Ingeniero Civil
ACP, (IAIE)

We are very pleased with the results of ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® and suggest others needing lead paint removal to consider this product.

Adrian Sanchez
Project Manager
Panama Canal Authority (ACP)

 

ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® is specially formulated for residential or professional use with patented lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators, softeners and the best professional grade quality latex paint to penetrate, bond, seal and treat existing lead paint applications and control the spread of airborne lead while providing advanced human bioavailability reduction. 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 with a Patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Formula. While lead poisoning can cause serious health problems for adults, children are especially vulnerable. ECOBOND®, 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.

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

http://ecobondlbp.com/studies

 

 

 

lead paint lead dust removal tall structures tower bridgeThe production and propagation of lead-contaminated airborne dust either through peeling of lead-based paint which sheds dust, or through industrial processes such as abrasive blasting, burning and welding using lead-based material; has had a lot of far-reaching harmful effects to all living organisms within reach of this dangerous dust. The focus of regulations within the industry must be to protect its workers. Employees may become exposed to lead or lead dust through recycling or use of lead-based materials while demolishing houses painted with lead-based paint as well as handling lead-based pipes or fitting.

Best Practices for Addressing Lead Paint on Tall Structures

Safely addressing lead paint is challenging in any situation, but it becomes increasingly complicated when lead paint is found on tall structures, such as water or high transmission towers. Despite the inherent risks involved in remediating lead paint, by following best practices, it can be done. 

Why lead paint is so difficult to deal with in tall structures.

Lead paint poisoning most often occurs when the paint begins to chip or flake, or when attempts are made to remove paint from a structure, causing dust. The lead can then be ingested or inhaled. Further, lead does not break down over time and can stick to particles of soil, where it contaminates the ground, and sometimes, the surrounding groundwater. For more information from the EPA on how lead paint poisoning occurs, click here.

When addressing lead paint on a tall structure, all the complicating factors are amplified. Exposure to the elements not only hastens the breakdown of paint, but it also broadens the affected area; wind can carry paint chips a surprising distance. Further, containing all the lead from a large outdoor structure to prevent ground contamination is a logistical challenge. 

Instead of trying to get rid of it at all, if the paint isn't already flaking or turning to dust, you can cover it up with a special treatment. You can now treat lead with our Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® application or remove it rendering it non-hazardous for disposal. ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. This is especially important for lead paint chips or dust that may flake off a tall structure and get blown in the wind and land in adjacent playgrounds, parks or residential yards where children play. 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. Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials.

Some considerations for dealing with lead paint on tall structures.

Each project to address lead paint on a tall structure will be unique to the structure itself and the surrounding geography. Considerations such as proximity to highly populated areas, groundwater, or food supplies should be taken into account, and containment should be a goal. Make sure your remediation team appreciates the gravity of dealing with lead paint and is committed to protecting both workers and the general public from its ill-effects. For OSHA's guidelines on dealing with lead in construction, click here. Careful planning can lead to successful and safe outcomes for all.  

 Effect on workers.

The symptoms associated with lead poisoning are severe. These symptoms include, but are not limited to, mood disorders, abdominal pain, and headaches. It causes developmental delays and learning difficulties in children, and fertility issues in adults. Click here for the Mayo Clinic's guide to the symptoms of lead poisoning. 

High-level exposure to this toxic element has the potential to cause adverse effects to the body of the worker with the potential to cause multiple organ failures leading to death. Low-level exposure is also dangerous. Some of the documented health risks brought about by it include cardiovascular problems, kidney failure as well as cognitive and reproductive problems. Some medical journals also put workers that are at risk of exposure to be in danger of developing hypertension and neuromuscular tremors.

What industries should do

Considering the above-mentioned adverse effects to both animals and human beings, construction companies who are the major emitters should cut back on using all raw materials containing lead. They should always remain within the OSHA standard (29 CFR 1926.62) which states that the allowed exposure limit is fifty micrograms per cubic meter of air measured as an eight-hour weighted average. The management must also ensure that the workers are using protective gear when there is any possibility that the work may involve exposure to lead dust.

ECOBOND® 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.