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Lead Based Paint

LEAD PAINT SERVICES

 L&R personnel have the experience and capability to assess and proactively manage lead-paint concerns related to the use, renovation, or demolition of buildings and structures.  Our professionals routinely perform lead surveys on industrial and commercial structures to facilitate renovations and demolition and perform lead-based paint inspections and risk assessments on residential structures and other facilities.

L&R’s experience includes compliance with various state and local government entities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Lead Based Paint Services include:

  • Systematic assessments focusing on the use of X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzers to provide efficient, cost effective, and reliable results
  • Comprehensive lead-containing paint surveys for renovation and demolition projects in industrial, commercial, and municipal buildings
  • Preparing of lead compliance work plans and/or negative exposures assessments for contractors involved in building renovation and demolition projects
  • Lead-based paint inspections and risk assessment for public housing and child occupied facilities
  • Lead paint inspections in support of the EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule
  • Project oversight, third party air monitoring, and worker exposure air monitoring during remediation activities for compliance with project specifications and local, state and federal regulations
  • Preparation of lead-based paint operations and maintenance program

Asbestos is most commonly found in older homes and buildings in the following materials:

  • pipe and furnace insulation materials
  • roofing materials
  • exterior siding
  • wallboard and textures/joint compound
  • textured paints and other coating materials
  • flooring materials and adhesives

While many asbestos containing materials have been banned in the United States, asbestos continues to be used today in building material construction making it necessary to test modern building materials.

The following are some of the materials in which the use of asbestos is not banned and may be used in new construction today:

  • Vinyl floor tile
  • Roofing felt
  • Roof coatings
  • Non-roofing coatings
  • Millboard
  • Cement shingle
  • Cement pipe
  • Cement corrugated sheet
  • Cement flat sheet
  • Pipeline wrap
  • Automatic transmission components
  • Clutch facings
  • Friction materials
  • Disk brake pads
  • Drum brake linings
  • Brake blocks
  • Gaskets
  • Clothing

If asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities, asbestos fibers can be released to the air where they can become an inhalation hazard.  To be a significant health concern, asbestos fibers must be inhaled at high concentrations over an extended timeframe.  Significant exposure to asbestos increases the risk of asbestosis or mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is scarring of the lung tissue.  Asbestosis restricts breathing leading to decreased lung volume and increased resistance in the airways. It is a slowly progressive disease with a latency period of 15 to 30 years.

 Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleural lining and is considered to be exclusively related to asbestos exposure. By the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal. Similar to other asbestos related diseases, mesothelioma has a longer latency period of 30 to 40 years.

Asbestos can be positively identified in air, bulk, and/or dust samples only by trained analysts using specialized microscopes.  L&R has trained and experienced staff along with the necessary equipment and instrumentation to provide quality asbestos analysis of air, bulk, and/or dust samples.  We offer various methodologies (NIOSH, EPA, OSHA, ASTM, etc.) utilizing Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) and Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM).
Laurie Kuther is an Environmental Professional and professional asbestos laboratory analyst. Laurie has worked as an asbestos analyst in the Treasure Valley for the past 11 years and has analyzed thousands of samples for the presence of asbestos.