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ECOBOND® Paint LLC is proud to announce the approval for their family of environmental paint products to be sold on Menards.com. Contractors and homeowners now have the opportunity to buy a revolutionary solution for lead paint and smoke and odors resulting from cigarette, marijuana, fire, and other drugs as well as pet and other annoying odors and numerous other indoor air pollutants.
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“We are excited to be approved as a Menards® vendor and have our proven & patented ECOBOND® family of products available to help families in the fight against lead paint poisoning as well as our breakthrough smoke & odor blocking environmental paint which is scientifically proven with over 80% success rate in sealing, blocking, and absorbing hazardous pollutants from smoke and odors.” stated James Barthel, President and creator of ECOBOND®.

 

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Menards listing ECOBOND LeadDefender Removing Lead Based Paint

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Commercial and industrial construction projects are heavily regulated by the government for good reason. They are dangerous sites for unskilled pedestrians passing by. They also emit a lot of dust, emissions and involve the transport of tremendously heavy objects. Not only should contractors and site owners be worried about passersby, they should especially be worried about their staff and the workers that are on site every day. One of the biggest fears is lead-contaminated airborne dust. This pollutant is often unseen but can cause serious health problems including permanent damage to the lungs, skin and brain if the levels are too high.

Too get ahead of the problem of lead contaminated dust, developers, contractors, workers, foreman and managers should all take preemptive action. A recent site near Oklahoma City was being built for chemical refining. Unfortunately, it included tear down of some existing buildings and construction of new ones that include a number of lead-based construction materials. Before they started to project, the team focused on safety and preparedness.  They wanted to follow all the EPA standards to avoid getting sick.

They bought a NIOSH-certified respirator with a high efficiency particulate air filter. They purchased a HEPA vacuum cleaner and wet sanding equipment to keep all dust on the ground rather than in the air.

Because the refinery was such a huge job, they prepared areas to be quarantined and air locked for when demolition made air borne dust inevitable. They laid down heavy duty sheets throughout the site as well, making sure to tape it around the edges of the walls. Finally, they turned off all forced heating and AC vents to control all of the incoming and outgoing air.

With lots of preparation and thoughtfulness, the  Oklahoma City site construction went off perfectly and nobody became ill from the lead contaminated dust.

According to the research published by Laurelhurst, large demolition equipment mills paint into dust that is not airborne. An article by Freep postulates that the airborne dust can spread to cover a radius of 400 feet from the original site.

Unfortunately, the demolition of these lead-contaminated homes lacks the proper law and regulation to govern the spread of airborne lead dust. Thus, lead dust is widespread as demolition of many houses are done cheaply.

However, many institutions and international organizations are looking into ways to curb this menace. For instance, the Wayne State University has revealed some ways in which workers at industry and commercial sites can minimize the creation of lead dust.

The publication elucidates techniques of protecting themselves and their immediate environment from the hazards of lead dust. The report also catalogs the risks involved before and after demolition when dealing with lead dust.

What To Do

There are some techniques that construction workers may employ to prevent the spread of airborne lead dust. These methods are elucidated in the OSHO technical manual by the US Department of Labor

  • Water: Before and after demolition spray down a site with water to limit the formation of dust.
  • Plastic cover fencing: Serves as isolation to limit spread and exposure
  • Changing processes: Restrict the use of heat processes that generate lead dust and fumes
  • Changing equipment: Use of vacuum blast cleaners to substitute for techniques that generate respirable lead dust.

Airborne Lead and Commercial Ventilation

Lead dust enters the air through a variety of means, which cause potential danger for employees and the general public who are near commercial sites. Lead can contaminate the air, water, soil, and general waste materials, all of which can enter the body. Lead is regulated in all of those industries in the Title IV of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Clean Air Act, among others. Lead is toxic to the human body and the body does not have a way to safely expel it. As a result, exposure to lead must be carefully managed. According to the World Health Organization, lead can damage the: 

  • brain,
  • nervous system,
  • circulatory system,
  • skeletal system,
  • and reproductive system.

 Controlling Lead Exposure

Because lead can affect so many systems, OSHA, NIOSH, and the CDC all recommend lead exposure be limited. Lead contamination in water is controlled by city authorities, so commercial sites are primarily responsible for controlling exposure in waste materials and in the air. This is accomplished through ventilation systems, working with wet surfaces when airborne lead dust may be present, and properly disposing of lead containing materials.  

Ventilation Basics

Proper air ventilation protects everyone exposed to harmful, toxic lead dust. Ventilation by mechanical means is the most effective form of filtering lead dust out of the air. There are two major types of lead ventilation systems -- closed-loop systems and direct exhaust systems. Both are effective, but each must meet the following standards: 

  • maintain an air flow of at least 50 feet per minute
  • use multiple supply ducts in order to evenly distribute air flow throughout a closed building, pushing air away from workers
  • uses negative air pressure to reduce exposure. 

Ultimately, protecting all users from harmful lead can be tricky, but all OSHA guidelines for lead guidelines should always be met. 

Being pressured with Air Quality compliance or soil migration?

Let ECOBOND® assist in your Lead Project with RCRA EPA compliance and lead airborne particulates.

Prior to blasting in your containment system why not treat it with ECOBOND®? Provides worker and vicinity residential safety, reduces airborne lead dust particulates at the same time seals lead and lead paint dust rendering it non-hazardous for disposal.

ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is so much more than just paint! With our patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula! You no longer have to just cover up lead paint, you can treat it! ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is a one-of-a-kind product and is the only paint product that seals & treats existing lead paint applications & controls the spread of airborne lead to reduce lead hazards.

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Lead Paint News Stories: Lead Poisoning is Still Shockingly Common in The U.S.

When you hear the words "lead poisoning" you probably think of the deplorable conditions that people living in slums, or the side effects of those living in abject poverty in the third world.

The problem is that a lot of us forget that lead was everywhere up to around 1978 in the U.S., and that once we all decided it was a problem, we did not clean up our mess. We just left it and tried to forget about it. As a result, every new generation has had to deal with the mistakes left behind.

Where Is Lead Lurking?

According to the Kitsap Sun, the most common place to find lead is in older homes. Homes built prior to 1978 are the most likely to have lead paint in them, and even if that paint is not cracking and chipping it can leech into household dust. Stuff that is getting into your children's lungs, and on their hands. Given that there are still thousands of buildings all across the country that still have lead paint in them due to the cost of removing it, this is a serious danger that is affected multiple generations of children.

That is bad enough, but it is far from the only thing you have to worry about.

For example, lead can be found in the soil if it was not properly contained when paint was taken down. This is particularly common on old playgrounds. Lead paint can even be found on old toys if you are not careful! While imported toys may contain lead -the article reported that over 360,000 imported toys were seized in 2017 for violating lead standards), it's far more likely that you're at risk from what's lurking in your attic, or in your grandparents'
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We like to think that lead poisoning is an old problem, left behind with the Great. It is not, though. It is a very real problem we still deal with, and which needs to be dealt with if we are going to stop it from affecting our kids, and their kids.

Lead paint, once popularly used, is still prevalent in a number of homes in the United States despite the fact that contamination from lead paint poses serious health risks to those who inhabit homes and structures with it. It is important to make sure you test your paint for the presence of lead and remove this paint immediately if dangerous levels of lead are found. residential house iStock 1091794836

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 83 percent of all homes built before the year 1980 have lead based paint somewhere in the unit. This is a high percentage of homes. If your home was built before the year 1980, there is a good chance that there is lead paint somewhere in your home. This does not necessarily mean that you or your family have been contaminated by lead, but it means you should test for lead in your home to be on the safe side. 

The cost of lead removal from a home on average costs $10,000…or more! This price will vary based on how much paint needs to be removed and has been estimated by the EPA to cost anywhere from 8 to 15 dollars a square foot to remove. This price may seem steep, but there are specific protocols that need to be followed in order to ensure that the lead paint is safely removed from the structure. 

Since 2016, the Federal Government has offered about 100 million dollars in Housing and Urban Development grants to remove lead paint from houses and other structures with the aim of protecting young children from lead poisoning. The problem is that this is not enough. The CDC estimates that kids in at least 4 million households are being exposed to high levels of lead. At an average of $10,000 dollars per lead removal job, 100 million dollars in Housing and Urban Development grants is quite simply not enough to adequately address this health issue. 

Protect your home and family from lead poisoning. Test your paint, and get it removed if it shows high levels of lead. 

About ECOBOND® Paint LLC :

We are an Environmental paint products manufacturer focused on the treatment of hazards dealing with lead.

The Lead Problem Came in a Paint Can - the Solution Can Too!

ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is so much more than just paint! The ECOBOND® Paint family of products now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact! This 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.

 

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The Cushing Cemetery is a privately owned historic burial ground and when it was discovered that the fence surrounding the property contained lead-based paint, they needed to take action to protect their visitors.

Notable memorials in the Cushing Cemetery include:

Gideon Barstow US Congressman. He was elected as a Democrat to represent Massachusetts' 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1821 to 1823. This is a cenotaph memorial located within his parent's lot.

Wilson Barstow, Jr. Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He served during the Civil War first as 1st Lieutenant in Company E, 37th New York Volunteer Infantry, then as a Captain and Aide-de-Camp on the staff of Major General John A. Dix. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "efficient and meritorious services during the war".

Challenge:

The cemetery was established in 1806 and maintenance has become increasingly expensive, according to the Cemetery Commission, the cemetery was originally owned by the town, but was taken over by a private group in the early 20th century, so any expense to maintain the cemetery is a decision that must be considered based on budget.

Why ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® Was Selected Over Other Available Products:

I needed to repair and paint a very large and ornate fence at a local cemetery and I had to get smart about lead paint. I also needed to keep our overall cost of this project down because of funding.

I went online and started to get information about products that just covered the lead paint, products that encapsulated the lead paint and products that rendered the lead paint harmless. It was a learning experience. 

After reviewing all of the information I went with Ecobond for one reason only. It makes the lead paint safe to work with. I can sand it, scrape it, paint over it, I had no limitations to what I could do. Our project is almost 50% complete and I’m very pleased at our progress and the way our fence is looking. And I don’t have to worry about the lead paint 20 years from now when it needs painting again.

I am very pleased at the way the paint goes on and covers the fence. The water cleanup is a huge plus also. Our biggest problem is working around New England weather, but even at cool temperatures the paint flows well.  

A lot of people have been asking questions about the product that I’m using and I’ve been explaining what it is and how it works. Great product, I like the way it works, I’d recommend it for any lead paint project.

Dana Tripp, Superintendent of Cushing Cemetery, Mattapoisett, MA 

 

 

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Historic burial ground protected from the dangers of lead Cushing Cemetery Mattapoisett MA

 

About ECOBOND® for Removing Lead Based Paint

ECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. Enjoy Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented ECOBOND® Family of Environmental Paints!

The Lead Problem Came in a Paint Can - the Solution Can Too! ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is so much more than just paint! With our patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula! You no longer have to just cover up lead paint, you can treat it!

ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is a one-of-a-kind product and is the only paint product that seals & treats existing lead paint applications & controls the spread of airborne lead to reduce lead hazards.

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Even though lead-based paint has been banned from production since 1978, there continues to be a need to be aware of the dangers of lead exposure.

According to an article from the Minnesota Newspaper Association from January 2020, the state health department reported that “91,175 children over the age of 6 received blood lead tests between 2014 and 2018, the latest year for data is made available in the update.”

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The article continued that “children under the age of 6 and especially between age 1 and 3 are most vulnerable to lead exposure. Lead is commonly found in homes built before 1978 and is ingested in hand-to-mouth contact by children who grab areas where older homes can shed paint dust and chips. Elevated blood lead can lead to behavioral problems, shortened attention span, lower IQ, slower growth and decreased coordination. Children who live in or visit holder homes should be tested at both age 1 and age 2, according to the MDH. A second test is advised even if the first test was negative as risk behaviors lead to exposure change as the child develops.”

Their interactive map provides detailed information by county and the number of children impacted by elevated blood lead levels (EBLLs)

Lead poisoning is not something that any child should be subjected to, whether it comes through negligence or blatant disregard for safety. Any level of lead in the blood is considered unsafe, and Americans should continue to dispose of outdated lead-based products in a proper way to replace them with new products that will not pose a risk to the health of everyone around.

In our recent blog post titled: “Lead Regulations and Declining Blood Lead Levels in Children,” despite encouraging progress, elevated lead levels in children in the United States is an issue that requires ongoing attention.

About ECOBOND® Paint LLC :

We are an Environmental paint products manufacturer focused on the treatment of hazards dealing with lead.

The Lead Problem Came in a Paint Can - the Solution Can Too!

ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is so much more than just paint! The ECOBOND® Paint family of products now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact! This 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.

 

Buy Now! www.EcobondPaint.com

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