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
- 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
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.