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Controlling the Spread of Lead Contaminated Airborne Lead Dust on Industrial and Commercial ProjectsLead paint is one of those buried hazards of the past that still lives with us.

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While it seems like forever ago, given that lead was removed from paint in the United States back in 1978, we sometimes forget that buildings tend to live longer than people. Given  that more than 50% of every structure in the USA contains and the sheer amount of lead paint that still exists in homes, commercial structures, and industrial facilities, we can't just write off the dangers of lead paint as something that's over and done with….especially if we're going to start demolishing stuff.


How Far Can Lead-Contaminated Dust Spread?

In Detroit, a widespread program of home demolition has been going on for years. Buildings deemed as a hazard, or even just eyesores, were destroyed to much fanfare. Talk of renewal was widespread. Unfortunately, another thing that was widespread was lead dust from the paint in these buildings. According to Freep, this dust could easily travel 400 feet from the initial site. That's more than a football field's worth of heavy metal just waiting to possibly creep into people's lungs and bloodstreams. That's also just from one house; if you're working with larger structures, and just the wrong environmental conditions, then that lead dust could potentially spread a lot further.

That's just one example, though. Unfortunately, according to OPB, destruction of properties covered in lead paint is governed by very few rules. This has lead to widespread contamination because it's often cheaper to just knock a structure down. But once lead dust gets out of your control, there's no telling where it might wind up. People can transport it off site, as can wind, water, rain, and other potential vehicles. That can lead to serious damage to health, and the environment, as well as sizable clean-up fees, and even legal action if you're deemed responsible for where the dust has settled. This is why controlling the lead dust in the first place should always be a top priority.

Controlling the Spread of Lead-Contaminated Airborne Dust

Lead is still an important component of many building materials. It's durability, flexibility, price point and material properties make it a valuable product for developers in commercial and industrial projects. Unfortunately, there are also many drawbacks in lead.  First and foremost are the health concerns.  Lead dust can permanently impair lungs and brain functioning in the people it effects, especially children.  For this reason, it is extremely important to control its spread.  According to OSHA, there are several ways to control lead dust.

Substituting Engineering Processes

Big commercial or industrial construction projects do not use just one method of construction. There are multiple ways to build and create beautiful structures. Some of these methods control lead dust much more effectively.  Builders can use powerful "vacuum blast cleaning, wet abrasive blast cleaning, shrouded power tool cleaning" or other methods to attempt to keep dust out of the air as they work.  Additionally, as they work engineers can use "mobile hydraulic shears instead of a cutting torch" to quickly, cleanly and professionally separate materials while trying to keep from depositing lead dust in the air.


For the health and safety of workers or any visitors, ventilation is crucial. For example, engineers need to deliver portable local ventilation systems to work sites that clean and filter the air. Dilution ventilation can also be used. This increases the amount of clean air in the area to reduce the lead infiltrated area as an overall percentage.  That potentially improves the safety of the site.

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Dangers of Lead Paint in Older HomesLead, although a natural metal, can potentially be toxic. Lead-based paint found in older homes,

especially those built before 1978, can potentially be harmful to all ages and even your pets.

Children ages six and younger who are exposed to lead in the home are most vulnerable

and may suffer serious health issues. At high levels, lead poisoning can be deadly. The

World Health Organization (WHO) states, there is no known level of lead poisoning that

is safe.

What Homes May Have Lead Paint?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), homes built before 1940 are

87-percent more likely to contain lead-based paint. The percentages go down the newer

the home with those built from 1940 through 1959 69-percent more likely to have lead paint

throughout the house. Homes built from 1960 through 1977 are 24-percent more

likely. While the percentage moves to a lower likelihood after 1960, even a 24-percent

chance is too high and poses a danger to anyone living in the home.

Where is Lead Paint in the Home?

Often lead-based paint is buried under layers of newer and safer paint. However, when

paint peels or chips it can become a hazard. Lead-based paint may be found on the walls,

ceiling, and other painted surfaces like window frames, trim, and sills. It can be found on

the baseboards, stairway banisters and railings, painted stairs, and any painted cabinetry

or built-ins. Lead-contaminated dust in the home also poses a risk factor. The EPA offers a checklist to help you determine if lead poisoning may be a risk for your


Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

As a toxin, lead affects many areas of the body including the liver, kidneys, and brain. It

also can affect the bones. On average, symptoms or signs of lead poisoning don't emerge

until after a significant amount of lead is in the body. The Mayo Clinic lists several

symptoms that are common in children suffering from lead poisoning.

These include:

  • Loss of appetite and/or vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Sluggishness and fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Irritability
  • Hearing loss
  • Learning difficulties
  • Developmental delay

Babies exposed to lead poisoning before birth through their mother may suffer from a

low birth weight and experience delayed growth. Lead exposure and poisoning to the

mother while pregnant also increases the risk for a premature birth.

Symptoms for adults, also via the Mayo Clinic, include but are not limited to:

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Mood disorders
  • Memory and concentration issues
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Higher risk for miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature birth for pregnant women

If you suspect lead is an issue in your home, it's important to have everyone living in the

house tested. Lead poisoning is done through a blood test. The U.S. Department of

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recommends testing for lead poisoning if you

live or regularly visit a house that was built before 1978. Children can be tested as early

as age one.

How to Care for Lead-Painted Surfaces

The best way to prevent lead poisoning is to remove all traces of lead from the home.

However, when lead-based paint in buried beneath layers of new paint, it may not be a danger

— unless it becomes exposed through chipping, cracking, and peeling.  You would be wise to hire a professional to inspect your home for evidence of lead paint.

In older homes preventative care can help reduce your risk for illness from lead.

  • Regularly check all painted surfaces for chips and peeling
  • If old paint has become exposed, have it tested for lead and removed if lead is


  • Mop flooring at least twice a week to control potential paint dust as well

While the dangers of lead paint in older homes are numerous, lead poisoning is


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number threeLead based paints are a health hazard. For industrial or residential structures built between 1950 and early 1970s, chances are the paint on the structure is lead based. Health and environmental experts have in the past pinpointed the health effects of exposure to lead which can range from minor annoyances to potentially being deadly. The EPA has great resources for more detailed study at

In a bid to adhere to the regulations and protect their employees, industries have embarked on a mission to remove the lead-based paints from their structure. It’s however important to realize that lead paint is not like your ordinary everyday paint; this one is a dangerous paint which requires special care in dealing with the removal as well as federal regulations regarding getting rid of it.

Wear protective gear   

It is common to hear people say that a mask is the only thing you need when removing the lead paint from your structure. When it comes to lead, a mask is not sufficient; you need industrial certified and proven safety gear. Lead is a dangerous metal and exposure to it in any way can turn out hazardous. Make sure that you research the best protective hear on the market that will protect yourself in working with lead paint.  

Control the lead dust    

While you have the protective gear in place while working with the lead paint, it’s not a guarantee that everyone around you is safe. Lead dust, if potentially inhaled, has some serious lead poisoning effects, especially to the surrounding populations of children and pregnant women. The best way to control the dust is to work at one structure at a time and, if possible, seal the paint before embarking on removal.    

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Safety begins with you    

To avoid lead poisoning, you should not eat, drink, or smoke during the job. It is possible to take the lead concentrated clothing from the factory to your house and hence expose your family to lead poisoning. Before leaving the site, you should dispose all the overalls and treat your clothing and surrounding areas with a special HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner.  

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