Humans have been mining and using this heavy metal for thousands of years, poisoning themselves in the process. In the latter half of the 20th century, no safe threshold for lead exposure was discovered—that is, there is no known amount that is too small to cause the body harm. Lead’s density, workability and corrosion resistance were among the metal’s attractions.
Lead used to be very common in gasoline and house paint in the U.S. Although, these items are no longer made with lead in them, lead is still a health problem. Routes of exposure to lead include contaminated air, water, soil, food and consumer products. Occupational exposure is a common cause of lead poisoning in adults and one of the largest threats to children is lead paint from older homes. Lead paint is very dangerous when it is being stripped or sanded and particularly toxic to children. Lead poisoning symptoms include: abdominal pain, confusion, headache, anemia, irritability, seizures, coma and death.
Lead is found in:
- House paint before 1978. Even if the paint is not peeling, it can be a problem.
- Toys and furniture painted before 1976.
- Painted toys and decorations made outside the U.S.
- Lead bullets, fishing sinkers, curtain weights.
- Plumbing, pipes, faucets. Water where pipes were connected with lead solder.
- Soil contaminated by decades of car exhaust or years of house paint scrapings.
- Hobbies involving soldering, stained glass, jewelry making, pottery glazing, miniature lead figures (look at labels).
- Children’s paint sets and art supplies (look at labels).
- Pewter pitchers and dinnerware.
- Storage batteries.
CLEAN UP PROCESS
- Evaluate the area of removal and design the process.
- Notify the local office of the EPA and OSHA if required.
- Work with supervisor to choose a skilled crew for the project.
- Safety meeting prior to start date.
- Set critical seals as appropriate over windows, doors and HVAC system.
- Set up decontamination chambers and negative pressure equipment.
- Apply chemicals and remove by hand or mechanically strip lead based paint.
- Bag and seal waste for transport.
- Detail clean work area including HEPA vacuuming and turn over for testing.
Image Environmental has a staff of trained and licensed professionals using the most up-to-date techniques to ensure a safe and cost-effective project. Our experience abating lead enables us to provide realistic solutions associated with the removal of lead.
We adhere to all federal, state and local regulations and licensing.