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Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessments

EE&G provides complete lead-based paint (LBP) inspections, abatement project design, abatement project supervision, air monitoring services, and Operations and Maintenance plans for LBP.

X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) testing used in conjunction with confirmatory Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) sampling is one of many testing strategies used by EE&G for accurate and cost-effective lead detection. EE&G utilizes the Niton® XL Spectrum Analyzer, which is the most advanced portable on-site testing and field screening device available for lead detection in paint and soil.

Services include:

  • Lead-Based Paint Inspections using XRF Detectors and Paint Chip Sampling
  • Risk Assessments
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) analyses of:
    • Air Samples
    • Soils Samples
    • Paint Chip Samples
  • Abatement Specifications
  • Sampling Plans
  • O&M Programs
  • OSHA Compliance Monitoring
  • Project Management and Supervision
  • Employee Awareness/Training

Lead paint is a serious business. Lead inspection and lead risk assessment are useful first steps which can lead to more thoughtful decisions on managing lead paint and lead hazards.Lead abatement is an activity designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. Abatement is sometimes ordered by a state or local government and can involve specialized techniques not typical of most residential contractors. EPA requires individuals and firms who perform abatement projects in pre-1978 target housing and child-occupied facilities to be certified and follow specific work practices.

Common Questions:

  • What is a lead-based paint hazard?
    • Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. … Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
  • Do all homes built before 1978 have lead paint?
    • If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.
  • Can you just paint over lead-based paint?
    • Encapsulants are materials that are applied over lead-based paint to seal the paint to a surface and prevent the release of paint chips or dust. The material may be either a liquid or an adhesive. Encapsulation provides a barrier between the paint and the environment. Conventional paint is NOT an encapsulant