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Webinar: The Mitigation of Lead Hazards and Bio-Accessibility from Lead-Based Paint


In support of the World Health Organization 2020 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, ECOBOND® Paint interviewed nationally recognized expert, Dr. Nicholas Basta presenting the findings of his university research study on Lead-Based Paint in a webinar titled: “The Mitigation of Lead Hazards and Bio-Accessibility from Lead-Based Paint.”

Nick Basta

Nicholas Basta, Ph.D.

Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry
The Ohio State University

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.



ECOBOND® Paint, LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products Focused on Protecting Human Health from the Dangers of Lead, Smoke & Odor

With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND® Paint, family of products is the premier provider of environmental products focused on protecting human health and the environment from the dangers of lead, smoke & odor, and other pollutants.

Our innovative products have been sold online at major retailers such as Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, Menards, and others for the past 10 years and we are proud to have served over 100,000 customers in all 50 US states, Canada, and Internationally including homeowners, landlords, contractors, Housing Departments, US Departments of Transportation (DOT), Defense (DOD), EPA and many more.

Why Just Paint When You Can Paint With a PURPOSE?

Executive Summary: 

In March 2017 ECOBOND® Paint LLC joined into a strategic alliance with Market Actives, LLC to add Bitrex® to our ECOBOND® formula to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials. Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known to man. This clever safety ingredient is used globally to help protect children from consuming potentially hazardous products.  Manufacturers of all kinds of products add Bitrex® to their products to reduce the risk of accidental ingestion.

The President of Market Actives, based in Portland, Oregon, is Mitch Tracy. He has spent 30 years developing the US market for Bitrex; helping protect both children’s health and national brand’s reputations. The Bitrex bitter safety additive is credited with saving the lives of children and pets while protecting and enhancing the safety of thousands of consumer products.

After working with ECOBOND® LeadDefender® and supplying Bitrex® for our formula for several years Mitch was very familiar with its effectiveness and the scope of lead-paint protection projects.   Originally from Connecticut, he and his brother Scott were presented with an opportunity to restore a piece of local history in Pomfret, CT.  Originally known as “The Jubilee Hall” of the Grand Army of the Republic (Civil War Veterans). It was converted to the “Wolf Den Grange Hall” in the early 1900s and then pretty much abandoned in 1959.

Of course, they discovered lead paint was present and turned to ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® to treat the lead paint with our Patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Formula!

Civil War era Jubilee Hall Wolf Den Grange Hall protected from the dangers of lead by ECOBOND LeadDefender and Bitrex


Story from Mitch & Scott Tracy:

“We have a fun story of community, abandonment, redemption, and family history going on.

Pomfret, Connecticut is where 3 generations of our ancestors lived, going back to great, great, great, great, great, great, great Grandpa Zebidiah (G4-G7 are buried within a mile).  The family moved to Norwich, then NYC, then Fairfield County where we grew up in Stamford and Greenwich.

First, in Pomfret, we lucked into buying an old farmhouse built in 1700. Yup, 320 years old. We are pretty sure at least one of the great grandparents had a beer and meal here! That old farmhouse is actually the next EcoBond project.

Then we stumbled on and bought the “Jubilee Hall”, or more commonly known now as the "Wolf Den Grange Hall." Turns out, in 1881 Grand Army of the Republic (Civil War Vets) built their "Jubilee Hall" a 2,400 SF building at 515 Hampton Rd Pomfret CT.  Upstairs is 1200 sf lecture hall/dance hall with a stage, downstairs- meeting rooms, and a large kitchen.

In 1881 the GAP Jubilee Hall operated as a social, agricultural, and educational center for 30+ years. In 1912 or so the Wolf Den Grange took over the building with the advent of the Grange Movement in the USA with similar community endeavors. In 1959 the Wolf Den Grange moved to another facility and the building was abandoned. An antique business tries and fails, it becomes junk storage and sits empty for as long as most people can remember. Folks have driven by so many times they don't even see it anymore.

We now are in the process of renovating the property and using ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® to treat the lead paint and to restore this wonderful old building to use as an art and community meeting space.


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

Statement from Bitrex®:
“In March 2017 we partnered with ECOBOND® Paint in the USA to add Bitrex® to their protective paint. The Ecobond paint is used to cover and neutralize old lead paint. The bitter taste of Bitrex is an extra layer of defense to keep babies and children from licking, chewing, or ingesting paint that might have been covered in lead paint. It was a reminder of how dangerous lead paint is. The World Health Organisation estimates that around the world 853,000 people a year die from the effects of lead poisoning.”


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.


Project Photos

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1 Kitchen

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ECOBOND® Paint LLC is proud to announce the approval for their family of environmental paint products to be sold on 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

new and improved lead paint treatment

news source: Cision

ECOBOND® LeadDefender® and ECOBOND® LeadDefender® PRO have a new and improved formula with improved hiding and coverage during application and beyond. The same patented, lead treating technology can now be found in a more painter-friendly coating.

ECOBOND® LeadDefender® is a lead treatment with paint as the delivery mechanism and listening to field research, the current formulation was improved.

“We are always striving to improve the quality of life and sustainability. We appreciate feedback, so thank you to our customers for helping us improve our eco-friendly environmental family of paint products. ” stated James Barthel, President and creator of ECOBOND®. Barthel continued, “The ability that our new resin gives to us, allows for improvements beyond the capabilities that were possible with our previous resin. We didn’t want to lose any of the powerful lead treatment capabilities by providing a higher quality paint, but now, with our new resin, we have found that we have been able to make the improvements that were desired in the field without losing any of the treatment capabilities. This now provides improved product performance for application while maintaining the true lead treating ability of the products.”

ECOBOND® remains a “dry-hide” performing paint, and now provides better coverage and improved hiding capabilities while wet; and once dry, performs much like other high-quality latex paints. An interview with the manufacturer discussing “dry hide” can be viewed on the corporate website.

The Lead Problem Came in a Paint Can - the Solution Can Too! ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is so much more than just paint! This is a one-of-a-kind solution and is the only paint product that seals & treats existing lead paint applications & controls the spread of airborne lead to reduce lead hazards.


About ECOBOND® Paint LLC

ECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead, smoke, and odors. We are an Environmental paint products manufacturer focused on the treatment of hazards dealing with lead, smoke & odor.

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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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.