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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.

construction helmet lead dustYou are about to embark on a substantial remodeling project. Perhaps you were planning on the entire family participating, or maybe you want to do this alone, or just with your spouse. Excited, you imagine the picture of the room in your head when the job is complete. You anxiously eye your supplies. The wood, nails, hammers, power tools, and the paint. Everything is here that you need to begin.

Or, is it?

Did you remember your personal protective equipment, and your game plan to avoid exposure to lead?

Though lead has not been used in paint since the late 1970s, many homes still have old paint that has either held up or been painted over without being removed. Lead is still used in some construction components, and it can fill the air with dust when agitated. Because of its properties, lead does not break down over time. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to ward off lead exposure.

Lead paint was used and promoted in the United States for more than two hundred years. It was popular because it was especially durable and easy to clean. Even into the early '70s, its use was promoted for government buildings, although its use in the U.S. peaked in the 1920s. Although experts have long known that lead paint posed health risks, it wasn't until the mid-1970s that studies of children's blood levels began. Since then, the federal government has periodically lowered the acceptable levels of lead in a child's blood all the way from 60 micrograms per deciliter in 1971 down to the present-day limit of 5 micrograms per deciliter.

Many homes built before 1978 contain lead paint, and people -- especially small children -- living in those homes are vulnerable once that lead paint starts peeling or chipping, or somebody starts sanding it. Even undisturbed lead paint is always a concern because, as an example, a small child may chew the surface it's covering. Unfortunately, toddlers who are cutting teeth are prone to do exactly that! If you're living in a home built before 1978, chances are good that it contains lead paint.

But, you can enjoy peace of mind from the dangers of lead paint when you use our proven & Pptented ECOBOND® family of products; now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact!

 

Here are a few important items to keep in mind when you have a remodel project and have lead paint to deal with.

Removing damaged areas by sanding requires that you take certain precautions to protect your health and the health of your children: Lead dust typically isn't an ongoing problem inside of homes. However, when it's time to remodel, the lead can easily be liberated into the air. The rubbing of moving parts, such as window frames, can also turn leaded paint into dangerous lead dust. This problem, which can cause lead poisoning, is especially common with old paint. Therefore, you'll need to take steps to handle or prevent lead dust contamination if your project involves a lead-painted area. Please visit the USEPA website for further guidance before beginning a lead paint abatement project.

It is prudent to have professionals help you with risk assessment. Renovation work is especially dangerous when disturbing surfaces with lead paint and a professional should also test your home before any work begins. Also, ensure that you have a certified and trained contractor doing the job. It is not advisable to do it yourself, but if it is a simple remodeling job like door replacement, it is important to know how to protect yourself and your family from lead dust exposure.

Following are vital considerations to both avoid direct lead poisoning and to keep dust from spreading throughout the house.

Containment

It's important to remove as much from the room as you can (furnishings, rugs, decorative objects), lay heavy plastic on the floor and tape around the edges, cover any HVAC registers with plastic and seal with tape, and finally, seal off the door with heavy plastic.

Personal Protection

Personal protective equipment includes: paper booties, a half mask respirator equipped with a P100 filter to prevent inhaling any dust while you work, safety goggles or glasses, and a disposable protective suit that blocks particles in the air. You'll also need gloves.

Work Wet

To keep dust out of the air, use a wet sanding method. Be sure you have a safe way to capture leaded paint slurry and other debris. Once the project is done, take all debris to a facility that handles hazardous materials. Use a spray bottle filled with water and thoroughly wet the area you're sanding, making sure that electric power is turned off if the area is near an electrical outlet. It's important to sand only by hand using a block sander. Working wet will turn the sanded material into a sludge-like material that you can wipe away using rags, and when finished sanding, discard all used sandpaper and rags in proper containers to dispose of at approved facilities for lead impacted materials.

Stay Healthy While Working: Don't Breathe Lead  

If you do not take the recommended route of using our lead paint treatment to cover the impacted areas, you must make sure that lead and lead dust does not spread throughout the house. You can consider using a combination of plastic covers, or ZipWalls, and sticky mats. The ZipWalls will keep dust confined to the work area, while the mats will pull the dust off your shoes so you do not track it through the house when you are quitting for the day or taking a break.

To avoid breathing in the dust while you are working, or consuming the dust orally, wear a respirator whenever you are in the work zone, regardless of whether you are actively working at the time. Wear a protective layer of clothes that you remove at the ZipWall, so you do not shed particles when moving through the house. Also, do not bring food or beverages into the work  area.  When you have finished your project, do not forget to do a thorough cleanup. A big component of this is vacuuming with a HEPA cleaner that specializes in removing small particulates.

Clean Up

Cleaning up after working with lead paint is a bit more rigorous than a normal cleaning would be. Begin by vacuuming thoroughly with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter, then go on to cleaning. It's best to use a spray cleaner, wipe, and then rinse with spray bottle. Use a rag or paper towels and dispose of them in a 6-mil trash bag as you work. (You can cover the end of a flat edge screwdriver with a wet rag to dig into cracks to remove any dust or "sludge" that may end up there.) When you're done cleaning, remove all plastic and paper booties. Wash the clothes you were wearing separately from your other laundry, and finish by taking a shower to clean your face, body and hair.

Can lead paint be covered up safely? 

This may be the easiest way to deal with lead paint. 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. 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. 

Consumer Alert: Don't begin a lead paint project until you read this report.  www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint  -> Watch our lead paint treatment video

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.

 

 

 

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Let's face it, most of us don't remember from high-school science classes that an acid has a pH of less than 7. But we all know that an acid is something that can dissolve substances; even metals. We understand that an acid is typically corrosive in nature. In other words, acids do damage, in a chemical way, to surfaces. The phrase, "acid rain" means more than just rain with acidic characteristics. Lead 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.

Acid rain can be dry!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines acid rain as, "any form of precipitation with acidic components, such as sulfuric or nitric acid that fall to the ground from the atmosphere in wet or dry forms. This can include rain, snow, fog, hail or even dust that is acidic." Along with its negative health effects on humans, acid rain can damage wildlife, plants, earth, water, and the structures on which it falls. 

Acid rain contributes to "weathering".

  • Dry acid rain is particularly detrimental to building surfaces. Acidic dust falls on structures and remains; doing exterior damage. The damage from acid rain is more than superficial. (ECOBOND ® products resist acid rain leaching up to 99% - EPA Method 1312)
  • It can mean compromised structural integrity due to physical threats such as corroded metal and damaged paint.
  • If structural metal or paint is lead-based, weathering can cause lead to enter the environment. Lead hazards require appropriate, regulatory intervention and resolution.
  • Damage from acid rain weathering can create an environment suitable for algae, mold, mildew, and fungus growth. These microbiological threats from water-damaged buildings can affect health and devalue property.

Seal out threats!

Are you looking for an approved, patented & economical solution to acid rain and its related damages and hazards? The ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® family of products meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) global standard D5590-00 for resistance to microbiological threats of mold, mildew, algae, fungus. The following performance test information is provided to help you understand how to measure the effectiveness of the ECOBOND™ products and includes links to the relevant test specifications.

Why Just Cover it- When You Can Treat it! Use our Patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Formula! ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. 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.   

firefighters iStock 480564194Both commercial and residential buildings must meet stringent safety regulations during any construction project. One of the most crucial categories is fire safety for paint products, and the type of paint you use can make a big difference.

How do fire-resistant paints make buildings safer?

Most materials cannot fully quash flames in the event of a fire. Instead, most buildings are constructed with systems of passive and active responses to fires that create a layered response. Passive fire protections, such as ECOBOND® Lead Defender® and Lead Defender Pro® paints, are designed to slow the spread of an ongoing fire; active systems like fire sprinklers, on the other hand, try to suppress or weaken the fire.

This is why flame-resistant materials are rated for elements like flame-spread, thermal protection, and smoke development, as well as the durability and color demanded from other paint and construction materials. The more contained a fire is, the less damage there is to the core structure and the overall building and the less danger there is to people evacuating the building.

What can ASTM E 84 requirements tell you about paint quality?

Out of many industry tests used to investigate the safety of various materials in the event of a fire, ASTM E 84 specifically measures the rate at which flame can spread. Materials are measured against the flame spread and smoke production of a red oak standard and are put into Class A, B, or C accordingly, with Class A being the most effective at both slowing the progression of flame and having low smoke development. ECOBOND® Lead Defender® and Lead Defender Pro® paints ranked at the top level of Class A.

Break Down the Ratings on Your Paint

A lot of paint companies offer a variety of features behind just bright colors: some estimate the duration of their paint, while others offer ratings based on water resistance, mildew-blocking, lead protection, and more. If you're evaluating the fire resistance of your paint, whether for residential walls or a new commercial complex, make sure you know the quality of what you're getting.

What are NFPA tests and classes?

The National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, is a global organization that holds tests and investigations into the fire safety of different materials and different combinations of materials that might be used in future construction projects. These tests can range from the combustibility of insulation materials to how likely it is fire can spread to adjacent, unconnected buildings. For example, Code 703 of the NFPA requires flame-resistant materials to undergo an NFPA 255 test to determine a rating or class of effectiveness.

What does NFPA 255 measure?

NFPA 255, or the Standard Method of Test of Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials, was originally created by ASTM (and is referred to by that organization as ASTM E 84) and Underwriter Laboratories (UL) as UL 723. No matter what it's referred to as on your selected paint, the test measures both resistance to the spread of flame and smokiness. Based on the degree of resistance and how little smoke is produced, which are the ideal characteristics of paint designed to slow down or stop the spread of a fire, the test categorizes materials into three different classes:

  • Class 1, or A, has a 0 to 25 score on flame spread, and 0 to 450 score on smoke development;
  • Class 2, or B, has a 26 to 75 score on flame spread, and 0 to 450 score on smoke development; and,
  • Class 3, or C, has a 76 to 200 score on flame spread, and 0 to 450 score on smoke development.
    The scores are compared to red oak, which has a score of 100, and cement, with a score of zero. 

ECOBOND® Lead Defender® and Lead Defender Pro® paints have scored zero in both flame spread and smoke development, which makes it one of the most flame-resistant materials available.

Paint and Fire Resistance: Another Layer of Protection

Fire resistance is defined as the treatment of a surface, so it will not catch fire easily. Fire resistance can protect a structure from both heat transfer and structural damage in defined fire conditions known as "standards". These standards define things such as temperature, material, and other factors and allow consistent measurement and reporting. Flame resistant coatings, such as paint, may "prevent ignition & flame spread, prolong escape time", and lessen fire damage in the industrial setting. 

Industrial fires can cause destruction and casualties!

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) "Fires in Industrial or Manufacturing Properties" report, there were approximately 37,000 industrial fires reported in the US in 2016. Annual loss estimates from industrial fires include approximately 300 casualties; which includes injury and death, and $1 Billion in property damage.  

Although only 20% of the industrial fires reported in 2016 were structure fires, these fires caused a disproportionate amount of damage resulting in: 

  • Nearly half (47%) of all industrial fire-related civilian deaths.  
  • 82% of civilian injuries.
  • 69% of direct property damage.

Best Practice Guidelines for Structural Fire Resistance Design of Concrete and Steel Buildings by the National Institutes of Science and Technology (NIST) recognizes applied coatings as one form of fire protection for structural components. Known as passive fire protection, these coatings are significant in the science of fire damage mitigation and have even been known to protect structural integrity during a fire.

As with environmental issues, fire mitigation is regulated by federal and other entities such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA). Be sure to contact your federal, state, and local authorities for regulatory requirements for maintenance, construction, demolition, and hazard remediation in industrial structures. A good place to start? Try the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) compliance summary tool for local guidance on regulated issues such as lead abatement.

Did You Know?

ECOBOND® Lead Defender® products are lead-free and meet the American Society for Testing and Materials standard* (ASTME84) for fire resistance and is considered to be a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)/BC Class A Coating."

LeadDefender® has been proven in the marketplace for over 10 years; recently a comprehensive scientific study following US EPA test methods was conducted by an independent laboratory to validate LeadDefender®’s proven ability to seal and treat lead paint hazards under a wide variety of uses including 1) All-in-One Primer and Topcoat, 2) Primer + Name Brand Latex Topcoat, 3) Primer + Standard Epoxy Encapsulant, 4) Sealant and Treatment Prior to Demolition and Disposal, 5) Prior to Disposal.

Always read the product carefully, and make sure it does what you want it to do before you begin applying it. Otherwise you may find your project just became significantly more complicated and expensive.

To learn more, download our free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com 

 

Products for removing lead paint

 

*ASTM Disclaimer 1.8: This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. It is recommended that you check with all local and state regulatory agencies to validate what testing is required (if any) for your use. Test results may vary based on your specific application. Testing on a small test-area in advance can be beneficial.

Lead paint removalEven decades after its discontinuance, lead paint is still a serious danger that impacts the lives of millions of people a year. That's why it is important for people like you to understand the differences between lead treatment and lead stripping product to provide commercial/industrial or residential projects with the lead paint protection that it deserves.

If you have lead paint, then you're already aware of the potential hazard it poses. You're also probably aware of the cost it takes to remove lead paint. If you're considering the options you have available, you're likely seeing lead paint treatment products, and lead paint stripping products. These are two very different things, and it's important to know which one you want before you make a purchase.

Lead Treatment Does Not Remove Lead Paint

Lead treatment products such as the ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® family of products are interesting because they don't remove lead from the paint, rather it converts it to a form that it is less leachable or mobile and therefore less hazardous to humans and the environment. This is very helpful on commercial projects where you need to protect workers from lead dust or have the lead paint affected materials prepped for disposal. As a result, the lead impacted waste treated with ECOBOND® does not have to be disposed of as hazardous. This saves time and money.

In residential projects, such as home remodeling in older homes, there is a possibility that children may have the potential of ingesting the lead-impacted paint chips and causing potentially serious health problems. ECOBOND® products help reduce lead bioavailability by up to 85% based on EPA 9200.1-86. This means that if ingested, the formula is designed to reduce the potential for relative lead bioavailability (lead absorbed into the bloodtream) by up to 85%.
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. 

What's the Difference?

A lead based treatment doesn't remove the lead; but it provides a layer of protection that treats the underlying lead. For example, the lead paint sealant from Ecobond is a Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® application that is proven and patented to reduce lead hazards up to 95%. This proprietary formula provides maximum adherence to lead paint surfaces with an easily applied paint formula specially formulated softeners and penetrators. Just spray it on, brush it on, or roll it on.

For demolition projects, a commercial contractor faces extra considerations in dealing with the lead impacted waste. ECOBOND® Lead Defender® Pro provides the best professional grade quality latex paint to penetrate, bond, seal and treat existing lead paint applications and control the spread of airborne lead and renders lead non-hazardous for disposal.

Contrast that with lead paint stripping products. According to Paint Pro, a paint stripper is a product that's meant to soften the bond between paint and the underlying surface, making it easier to remove, and less likely to flake or dust in the process. Some manual scraping may still be required, but once a paint stripper has been allowed to do its work, removing the paint is easier, and simpler. But, “strippers are among the most dangerous chemicals you encounter in your line of work. Although the trend is toward newer solvents that are safer than methylene chloride, you must treat all strippers with respect.”

Choosing Between the Two

Between the two products, lead treatment products like ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® are typically less expensive. The lead treatment option is the preferred method for ease of use and lower overall cost. Additionally, lead strippers involve a more comprehensive multi-step process which may require additional scraping and prepping of the walls.

LeadDefender® has been proven in the marketplace for over 10 years; recently a comprehensive scientific study following US EPA test methods was conducted by an independent laboratory to validate LeadDefender®’s proven ability to seal and treat lead paint hazards under a wide variety of uses including 1) All-in-One Primer and Topcoat, 2) Primer + Name Brand Latex Topcoat, 3) Primer + Standard Epoxy Encapsulant, 4) Sealant and Treatment Prior to Demolition and Disposal, 5) Prior to Disposal.

Always read the product carefully, and make sure it does what you want it to do before you begin applying it. Otherwise you may find your project just became significantly more complicated and expensive.

To learn more, view our lead paint treatment video or download our free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com