Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Contractors: When it Comes to Lead, Worker Safety is Paramount

protect your workers from leadIndustrial contractors who handle lead paint remediation and lead paint demolition projects are typically well-versed in their state safety requirements as well as OSHA and other national safety standards.

Generally, their customers are not as aware of the hazards and current methods of securing a lead paint site. Regardless of the size of a demolition project, it's important to make sure both contractor and customer have some common understanding regarding the lead paint demolition work.

Customers and Building Owners: Understanding Lead Paint Hazards

If you've been hired to remove a lead paint hazard, your customers are counting on you as the expert. However, to ensure their safety, as well as that of your workers, and ultimately complete the project properly, a little customer education is probably in order.

Start with these points and be prepared to answer your customer’s questions as they come up. Often, customers have more questions after a project is underway than they do before it begins.

  • Any painted structure built before 1978 is likely to contain lead based paint. The older the building, the more likely its demolition will deal with multiple layers of lead paint, and therefore, higher concentrations of lead.
  • Even if the structure has been repainted, covering up lead paint does not remove the lead hazard. ECOBOND® LBP provides cost-effective solutions for typical interior and exterior lead paint projects such as: Securing and treating the area prior to lead paint component removal (including lead paint peelings and chippings) is part of the process - not "just" clean-up.
  • Lead paint removal products have evolved and improved in the past three decades, so many commonly-held beliefs are actually outdated. (And in some cases, dangerous.) For example, ECOBOND® LBP allows contractors to seal and treat led dust and paint on a component, then dispose of it safely - meaning stripping is no longer necessary in most cases.

Your clients will appreciate your taking the time to explain your process to them.

Many customers are more interested in demolition and removal than disposal, but some will be glad to learn that when ECOBOND® LBP is applied properly, removed and collected solid waste will typically pass the RCRA TCLP test as non-hazardous for lead. (As disposal and sampling requirements vary by locality, check with your state, municipality, and local agencies for additional requirements.)

Regulations You Know, and May Want to Share

Your customers are more likely to respect your process and your workplace methods when they understand the government regulations you must adhere to. You may invite them to review OSHA regulations regarding lead paint removal and renovations at the agency's website.

If you have questions about available lead paint removal products and how contractors and agencies use them most effectively, please contact us.

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