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military family iStock 691609172In a recent article in Reuters, it was reported that “Privatizing U.S. military housing was supposed to protect service members’ families. Instead, some of their children are being poisoned by lead. A Reuters investigation unearths dangers in base homes, lapses in military oversight, and a code of silence keeping families at risk. After his son was poisoned, a decorated colonel pushed the Army to ensure other children were not harmed in military housing.”

The article continued to say that after Army Colonel J. Cale Brown’s son was diagnosed with lead poisoning, contractors ordered their home they rented to be tested for lead. The results: “At least 113 spots in the home had lead paint, including several peeling or crumbling patches, requiring $26,150 in lead abatement. Villages of Benning moved the Browns into another old house.”

James M. Barthel, creator of ECOBOND® Lead Defender® commented, “our hearts are burdened when we hear about cases like this. All human life is important, but it feels so much more alarming when children are involved because as a father and grandfather, I can only imagine what these parents are going through.”

“Our Lead Defender formula includes Bitrex®, a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact which 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.” Barthel continued.

ECOBOND® is the premier provider of environmental products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. The patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula is different than encapsulants and abatement because it is a lead-based paint treatment providing an easy and affordable solution to this devastating national health crisis. As reported in the Reuters story, abatement can be extremely expensive. According to the EPA, professional lead-based paint removal for the following three options costs about $8 to $15 per square foot or about $9,600 to $30,000 for a 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house.
ECOBOND® Lead Defender® comes in at .25/sq. ft or about $300-$500 for the same 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house.

Barthel continued, “We want our U.S. Military which exists to serve the American people, and to defend the Nation, to enjoy peace of mind from their family being negatively impacted by the dangers of lead paint in their military housing. We are responding to this widespread documented crisis where Reuters reported that private contractors house some 700,000 Americans at more than 100 military installations nationwide, including an estimated 100,000 children ages 0 through 5.
Fort Benning alone is home to some 2,000 small children. Of its 4,001 family homes, 2,274 ‘have lead-based paint present in them,” according to a Villages of Benning memo from November 2017.’”

Barthel announced that, “ECOBOND® Paint, is ready to donate to the U.S. Army a supply of our patented lead paint treatment, ECOBOND® Lead Defender®. We are standing at the ready to come to the rescue of these military families and children negatively impacted by the dangers of lead paint.”

 

 

 

 

daycare protect children from lead paint poisoning iStock 669922316Even though lead-based paint has been banned from production since 1978, and environmental regulations now control its usage in childcare facilities, there continues to arise instances where individuals ignore the warnings. Almost inevitably, these cases confirm the dangers of carelessness in the matter of lead exposure.

According to an article By Kevin Grasha from the Cincinnati Enquirer on April 2018, a judge ordered the immediate shutdown of a small daycare owned by Alexzandria Allen in Avondale, Ohio after multiple inspections and investigations showed a hazardous content of lead in the paint. Not only was there paint lead-based, but it was also cracked and flaking off at levels accessible to the children. Allen operated her daycare out of a three-story apartment building built in 1928, currently owned by a man named Elijah Mohammed Rashaed (a notorious landlord who has reportedly committed at least 15,000 code violations in the last 17 years).

Investigations at the daycare were originally prompted last year when a child was diagnosed with lead poisoning, and the child's home was found to be free of any hazardous lead. Samples of paint dust were then taken from the Allen Daycare where the child was enrolled along with, and lead was found present. Rashaed, the owner of the building, was given an allowance of time to have the paint safely removed but neglected to take the opportunity.

Allen was also charged with the illegal use of marijuana during daycare hours of operation. She denied the charges, but electronic attendance records indicate that there were children present at the time of the drug use. These charges have moved the Ohio Job and Family Services to take steps in revoking her daycare license, and they are preparing to take Allen to court this month.

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 this encouraging progress, elevated lead levels in children is an issue that requires ongoing remediation. Although there is still work to be done, there exists a will to deal with the problem of childhood lead exposure in the United States. Regulations surrounding water testing in schools and day care centers have contributed to identifying areas of concern. Further, it is part of the government's Healthy People 2020 initiative to prevent lead exposure to young children by the year 2020. With continued effort, regulation, remediation, and increased awareness, such a goal will go a long way toward protecting future generations from the dangers of lead.  

ECOBOND® Paint 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.

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.

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! Now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact!

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Contractor landing page2The removal of old paint can be a hassle, especially when extra caution must be exercised due to the content of lead in most of the paints before 1978; but when the structure that you're performing lead paint removal from happens to be of significant height (such as a water, transmission, or industrial tower), there are a few more considerations to be had. 

 

Preparation and Containment

Before starting the paint removal process, every effort should be taken to protect the surrounding areas from LBP (lead-based paint) particles; this includes the soil. The Governmental Department of Health recommends laying a double layer of 6-mil plastic sheeting beneath work areas to keep contaminants from leaking into or settling on the ground. Consider the height of the structure to help you determine the extent of ground coverage needed; airborne particles should be minimized as much as possible during the removal process, but falling debris is inevitable.

Remove, or thoroughly cover any items near the work area that may lead to oral lead exposure, such as picnic tables where people touch potentially contaminated surfaces and then eat; and make sure that all your coverings are secure enough to withstand any gusts of wind.  

Removal

One of the ways to remove old paint is by dry abrasive blasting, but when lead is involved (especially at a high altitude), this is not recommended. Dry abrasive blasting, grinding and extensive dry scraping and dry sanding is very dangerous, and is even prohibited in some instances because of the dust it creates. Lead-based paint particulate has the potential to drift through the air and be inhaled by workers or other passers-by. When the worksite is near residential zones, schools, or other high-traffic areas, it is all the more important to use a method that produces the least amount of dust possible; this is primarily for the safety of all involved (lead poisoning can cause brain, nerve, and digestive damage), and also for your legal protection. The EPA has been handing out some hefty fines for careless removal of lead paint as recently reported by the EPA about the HGTV show with Magnolia Homes for Alleged Lead Paint Violations During Renovations Depicted on the Fixer Upper Television Show

Although wet blasting methods and gel strippers minimize dust, it creates a lot of debris that is difficult to clean up and dispose of without contaminating the worksite. Liquids can easily seep into the soil and poison water sources despite attempts to protect the area.

Disposal

The final collection of waste and debris must be done in compliance with federal, state, and local laws; and a state certified lead-based paint risk assessor or inspector may need to come inspect the work area to ensure that the soil and nearby water sources have not been negatively affected. The best decision is to make yourself aware of the local regulations before starting the project so that you can conduct the work safely and effectively.

The EPA offers a program (RRP) for those who wish to be officially certified in lead paint removal.

Considering the above-mentioned potential adverse effects, companies dealing with lead paint on high structures 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® 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 Products to Mitigate Lead Dangers to Human Health.

Prior to blasting or scraping, use ECOBOND®. We have a strong emphasis on our TCLP results which is tested using EPA-approved test methods. ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint.

 

PR July18 ICHMETThe 19th ICHMET is a continuation of the highly successful conference series that started in 1975 in Toronto, Canada. The 2018 conference will be held at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education presenting highly diverse content in research areas ranging from the environmental impact of manufactured nanoparticles to the bioavailability of trace elements and radionuclides in the environment, with more than 225 presentations representing over 20 different countries.

Dr. Basta will be presenting the findings of his lead paint treatment research study on ECOBOND® in a session titled: “Bioaccessibility and Extractability of Ecobond® LBP Lead Defender® Treated Lead Based Paint”

James M. Barthel, Creator of ECOBOND® Lead Defender® commented, “We are tremendously honored to have our lead paint treatment solution selected by Dr. Basta and featured in the 2018 ICHMET Conference.”


In June of 2017, ECOBOND® Paint 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

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.

Barthel continued, “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. 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

About ECOBOND®

ECOBOND® Paint 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.

The ECOBOND® 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.

 

 

 

source: Cision Newswiree

In a recent article from The Southern Illinoisan, it was reported that “two new reports found that HUD didn’t properly oversee inspections or removal of lead-based paint in public housing complexes across the country. While the article comes up against HUD, it needs to also be recognized that for years HUD has been allowing use of new innovative technologies such as ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® which seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint and is widely specified by agencies nationwide and has been approved by many government agencies such as DOD, USACE, NOAA, FAA, and Colorado DOT, just to name a few.

The article continued to say that “The audits come as housing authorities in Southern Illinois and New York City face federal accusations of failing to inspect for lead-based paint and to remove it or clean it up where it’s found, while falsely telling HUD they had done so.”

ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® is classified as an Interim Lead Hazard Control which is commonly defined by US EPA/HUD and many state agencies as: “to reduce temporarily human exposure or likely exposure to lead-based paint hazards including specialized cleaning, repairs, maintenance, painting, temporary containment.” [42 USC Chapter 63A – Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction 01/03/2012 (112-90)]

ECOBOND® - Lead Defender®, when applied as directed to interior or exterior structurally sound substrate, qualifies for use during Interim Control by providing lead hazard reduction as part of repair, lead maintenance, lead dust control, and painting as a sealant and primer or interior top coat.

In fact, it was recently reported that ECOBOND® Paint LLC 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. 

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."

The Lead Defender formula now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact which 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. Enjoy Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented ECOBOND® Family of Products to Mitigate Lead Dangers to Human Health.