Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Lead Paint Demolition Considerations in Bridge Repair

judge lawCongress finally passed a long-term surface transportation financing bill and the President signed it into law. It's been a long time coming; there has been no new legislation to fund the construction of new transportation or repair and upgrade of old infrastructure in over 10 years.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 Infrastructure Report Card states that 1 in 9 of our nations bridges are structurally deficient, and over 65,000 of them are at least 70 years old.

These bridges typically have an undercoat of lead-based paint (LBP) that is routinely painted over with latex or a moisture-cured urethane (MCU) overcoat. These applications cover the lead but do not render it safe.

The Electronic Library of Construction Occupation Health and Safety details the hazards of repair and demolition of bridges when LBP is present. Strict adherence to protocol is required to avoid lead poisoning on the job.

As America moves forward with the much-needed repair or replacement of these deficient structures, this lead based paint will be a major health and safety issue.

ECOBOND® LBP is a safe, economical method to coat the LBP for safe removal. The patented formula chemically converts the lead and stabilizes it, rendering it safe for demolition. It's patented softeners and penetrators provide exceptional adherence and reduces lead hazard by up to 95%.

When ECOBOND® LBP is used properly, removed and collected solid waste can typically be disposed of as non-hazardous for lead. This will result in a major savings of time and money over standard hazardous disposal fees.

ECOBOND® LBP is an easy-to-use and economical solution to the LBP hazards associated with steel bridge repair and retrofit. Contact us to learn how we can save you time and money.

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