Friday, 18 December 2015

What is Proximity Contamination?

contamination biohazard leakReally, what is proximity contamination? Actually, we're not asking; we already know the answer, and it's simpler than you think. Any structure painted before 1978 was very likely painted with lead based paint.

The United States' Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned lead paint in 1977 in residential properties and public buildings (16 Code of Federal Regulations 1303) due to the serious health risks such as behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death. (HUD.gov 12/11/2015)

Proximity contamination becomes a problem when remodeling or renovation. Usual methods such as sanding, scraping or blasting resulted in air and soil contamination, with potential of lead showing up in the water. This can also contaminate the air and surrounding community near the project.

Fresh on the heels of the recent pool and spa safety act comes a new Federal rule aimed at reducing lead poisoning. The law targets all contractors working on homes (including common interest developments) built before 1978. Although originally passed in 2008, the major provisions of the rule were delayed until this year. As of July, the entire rule is in full effect.

The specific regulations require a new certification, substantial safety precautions, and impose huge fines for non-compliance. The new laws will increase both the cost of association repairs and the potential for liability to associations. The following is a partial excerpt from the EPA website. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

ECOBOND® is allowed for use in all 50 states for Lead Paint Interim Control and as a HUD Lead Hazard Reduction Method. Many have found that ECOBOND® technology reduces overall project costs for interior and exterior lead paint projects, wherever found. Whether your projects involve buildings, bridges, water towers or tanks, ECOBOND® personnel are passionate about protecting the environment, and people, especially children, from lead hazards.

ECOBOND® LBP, LLC develops and distributes products that provide the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 14 years of proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products has been used throughout the US and internationally in successfully treating lead hazards.

Should you have an upcoming project that would benefit from our expertise, we encourage you to contact us today. In today's litigious society, an ounce of prevention is indeed worth a pound of cure.

Understanding and Reducing Lead Paint Dangers: Sealing and Painting Over Lead Paint Using ECOBOND®

The last week in October 2015 marked the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) to heighten homeowner's and parent's awareness of the dangers that lead paint pose to public health. In November 2015, in an effort to further help eradicate lead paint in the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule in 14 states. The EPA has currently partnered with the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments to implement a pilot program to treat homes that may contain lead paint.

The EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requires all contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that might come into contact with surfaces painted with lead-based paints have EPA certification. As well as current EPA certification, the contractors must also have received EPA-approved training and follow strict lead-safe work practices.

Any home built prior to 1978 may contain lead-based paint. It's estimated that millions of older homes in the United States still have lead-based paint on walls, doors, and window frames, according to the EPA. When the lead painted surfaces start to deteriorate and the paint begins to peel, flake, chip, crack or show signs of moisture it becomes a hazard to human health.

Lead paint exposure has been shown to cause:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Decreased muscle growth
  • Inadequate bone development
  • Memory impairment
  • Hearing damage
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint inflammation, pain and weakness
  • Poor muscle coordination
  • Renal failure
  • Neurological effects
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Cardiovascular problems

Lead painted surfaces carry a significant risk to children or pets because young toddlers and pets often chew on windowsills, porches, banisters, stairs and other painted surfaces and inadvertently ingest the harmful lead. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that lead exposure contributes to about 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities each year.

Lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable with modern renovation. Currently, there are two accepted ways to eliminate the dangers of lead paint -- abatement and interim controls. Abatement permanently removes the lead paint and interim control reduces the dangers of the lead paint by covering and containing it.

Removing lead paint frequently creates dust that is harmful if inhaled. Sealing and painting over lead paint with ECOBOND® seals and treats the lead while dramatically reducing the lead based dust risk. A unique primer, sealant and treatment formula for lead-based painted surfaces, ECOBOND® is a state-of-the-art hybrid acrylic latex paint formula that covers, binds, and seals off the lead paint and prevents the escape of any lead dust. ECOBOND® can be painted over the lead paint to effectively cover and contain it. You can also paint ECOBOND® on the lead paint and then opt to remove the affected area because the coating of ECOBOND® renders the lead paint non-hazardous and suppresses the lead dust during removal.

ECOBOND® is used on both interior and exterior painted surfaces. In recent years, professional demolition crews are turning to ECOBOND® as a cost-effective lead removal option. ECOBOND® complies with the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act (RCRA) EPA requirements. ECOBOND® is more cost-effective and easier to use than traditional paint strippers and encapsulants…plus it TREATS the lead rather than merely covering it up.

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