Monday, 22 February 2016

At-home Lead Test Kits & Options for Lead Paint Testing

family umbrellaYou have just purchased a house built before 1978 and you're worried about the potential dangers of lead. So you take a trip to the hardware store or choose to buy an at-home lead paint testingkit online from vendors such as Home Depot. Is this a good idea? Or, should you have your home professionally tested?


Themajor advantage of at-home test kits is they are an inexpensive option. But, can they be trusted? According to Consumer Reportsthey can, but the reliability is not withouta caveat. First, you must make sure you do thetest properly. Depending on which kit you get,following the instructionsare not always easy, andreading the results are, at times, challenging. Plus, there are two types of tests. Oneuses sodium sulfide, the other rhodizonate. Each have issues with particular colors of paint.


Moreover, there are differences between kits that test for paint containing lead and kits that test for lead dust issues. Those who know (or assume) lead is present in their home take the latter test. They simply want to know whether or not the lead will be an issue. These tests also require mail-in results, as well as a set of step-by-step instructions. From Maine Public Health, here is a video of the process.


Yet, even if your home passes a lead dust kit test, that doesn't mean your house will stay free of lead problems. With at-home tests, your nerves could eat at you. "Did I do them right?" Perhaps if you lack confidence in such tests, you may want to have a professional inspect your house, identify the risks, and recommend corrections.


Ifyou've determined lead is not a problem (for now),but you know lead is present, wouldn't you want to take the necessarysteps to prevent it from becoming a problem in the future? If so,contact us. ECOBOND LBP is our patented lead sealant and treatment formulacontains an advanced technology thatseals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. The formula includes lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators and high quality water based paint providing up to a 95% reduction in lead hazards and controls the spread of airborne lead dust by up to 99% and now resists acid rain.


Options for Lead Paint Testing


If you are a parent, likelyone of your number one priorities is to keep yourkids safe. Youchild-proof your home when they are little, buy them helmets and knee pads for riding scooters and bikes, and watch them carefully on playgrounds and in pools. You hold their hands when crossing streets and strap them into car seats and strollers so they'll be safe from harm.


Yet you may not realize a hidden danger your children may be exposed to every day in your ownhome: lead. Any home or facility built before 1978 likely had lead paint put on its walls, doors, trim, and windowsills. Children under the age of 6 are most at risk for lead poisoning and the toxic effects it can have on their health. According to a brochurereleased by the Environmental Protection Agency, this is because their growing bodies absorb more lead, their brains are more susceptible to the damaging effects of lead, and they are more likely to put things in their mouths as they are very oral at these young ages.This means they may have lead dust on their hands while crawling around and ingest it when they put their hands in their mouths, or they may eat fallen paint chips. They are also more likely to chew on door frames and windowsills, exposing them to lead paint particles. Also, if you are pregnant and breathing in lead dust particles from the air in your home, your baby is at risk in-utero.


According to the brochure from the EPA, risks to children include nervous system damage, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder, behavior problems, muscle damage, and hearing loss among other things, and can even lead to death. This is a real and present danger.


So what can you do about this risk? First, if you are considering purchasing a home built before 1978 or are currently living in one, you will need to proceed withlead paint testing of the home as soon as possible. We recommend buying a kit from Home Depot. You currently have three options for leadpaint testing in your home:



  1. Purchase a home test kit from a home improvement store. These are inexpensive and produce quick results. However they don't tell you how much lead is present.

  2. Send in samples to accredited laboratories. A list of laboratories can be found here at the EPA website. You will want to call the laboratory and find out instructions of how to collect the samples and send them in. The lab will be able to tell you how much lead is present in a given sample. This is a more expensive route than a home test kit, but is more thorough.

  3. Hire a Licensed Lead Risk Assessor. You can hire an assessor to test for lead as well as to make sure all the lead has been properly contained or removed. This also costs more than a home test kit but will be more thorough.


Once the presence of lead has been confirmed, you must choose to contain it or remove it, or both. Removalmust be done carefully by a professional since removal releases lead particles into the air. Fortunately there is a safer option available to homeowners and contractors alike.ECOBOND LBP is a "specialty paint product formulated to seal and treat the hazards of lead based paint." It seals in the lead so that it is no longer a hazard or makes it safe for removal by professionals.


Painting over the lead based paint withECOBOND LBP is a cost-effective option for homeowners who want safety without breaking the bank. Once this product is applied you won't need to worry that you and your children will be exposed to lead in your home from paint sources. ECOBOND LBP Lead Defender is specially formulated with patented lead treatment reagents made with food-grade additives to take advantage of the natural binding properties with lead. This proprietary blend provides advanced human bioavailability reduction, in case of accidental ingestion of the treated lead paint dust and chips.

Third party independently documented test results utilizing US EPA method confirming the effectiveness of ECOBOND LBP in protecting human health.


Contact usfor more information on lead paint testing and theECOBOND LBP products we offer.

Lead paint removal cost

If you are a parent, likely one of your number one priorities is to keep your kids safe. You child-proof your home when they are little, buy them helmets and knee pads for riding scooters and bikes, and watch them carefully on playgrounds and in pools. You hold their hands when crossing streets and strap them into car seats and strollers so they'll be safe from harm.



Yet you may not realize a hidden danger your children may be exposed to every day in your own home: lead. Any home or facility built before 1978 likely had lead paint put on its walls, doors, trim, and windowsills. Children under the age of 6 are most at risk for lead poisoning and the toxic effects it can have on their health. According to a brochure released by the Environmental Protection Agency, this is because their growing bodies absorb more lead, their brains are more susceptible to the damaging effects of lead, and they are more likely to put things in their mouths as they are very oral at these young ages. This means they may have lead dust on their hands while crawling around and ingest it when they put their hands in their mouths, or they may eat fallen paint chips. They are also more likely to chew on door frames and windowsills, exposing them to lead paint particles. Also, if you are pregnant and breathing in lead dust particles from the air in your home, your baby is at risk in-utero.



According to the brochure from the EPA, risks to children include nervous system damage, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder, behavior problems, muscle damage, and hearing loss among other things, and can even lead to death. This is a real and present danger.


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Align Your Body with a Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic is a medical system based on the theory that disease and disorders are caused by misaligned bones, especially in the spine, that obstructs proper nerve functions. Chiropractors manually manipulate the joints of the body and realign the spinal column.



Chiropractors are people who diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. The philosophy of chiropractic medicine believes that skeletal imbalance and joint malfunction, particularly in the area of the spine, can cause pain and other problems. Chiropractors rely on palpitation, pressure, and manual manipulation of the joints and muscles to cure these problems.



Subluxation and chiropractic manipulation



Chiropractors use the term subluxation to depict the altered position of the vertebra and subsequent functional loss, thus determines the location for the manipulative treatment.



Chiropractic kinesiology



Chiropractors often use chiropractic kinesiology to treat structural imbalances and muscle and joint problems. Chiropractic kinesiology is a specific form of diagnosis using functional neurological muscle testing (FNMT) as a primary feedback mechanism to help determine the cause of an individual's chief complaint and to help evaluate our structural, nutritional and mental aspects of health.



Chiropractic treatment is suitable for everyone, including newborn babies, the elderly, pregnant women, and sports enthusiasts. Your chiropractor will help you to maintain your health, and keep your body aligned as it should, and by offering exercise and lifestyle advice for you to follow in the future.



Not all insurance covers chiropractic care. You will need to check with your health care provider. Most chiropractic offices will call and check on your coverage, but it is best to call your health provider prior to your visit.



Chiropractic treatment can be ongoing. You may achieve a degree of comfort after your treatments, but misalignment of joints can sometimes be reoccurring.

Monday, 15 February 2016

THE SIX FRUSTRATIONS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT FIRING RANGES: PROTECTING POLICE OFFICERS FROM LEAD AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT.

Six frustrations of law enforcement firing rangesare protecting police officers from lead. Law enforcement officers use caution protecting and serving the public, and they also must use caution practicing at a firing range.



Police officers visit firing ranges as part of their job duties, which includes target practice. If they go to the same firing range several times a week, the risk of exposure from lead is dependent upon the guidelines followed by that particular firing range. So, officers should understand the forms and paths of lead particles.



Shooting a firearm creates lead. If any of the microscopic sized, airborne lead particles enter the body, either by inhaling or swallowing, these particles transform into lead compounds by the digestive system. Airborne lead compounds then pass through the linings of the lungs and enter the bloodstream.



Eventually, lead will exit the body on its own -- depending upon the amount of lead exposed to the officer. It's no wonder shooting ranges offer a frustrating risk to police officers.

Here are six tips for police officers to lower the risk of lead exposure:




  1. Ventilation is key in protecting officers from lead exposure. An outdoor range is the best choice because of the fresh air and less likelihood of lead particles settling down on clothing, shoes, or other personal items. However, if the only choice is an indoor firing range, be sure an excellent ventilation system is in place.

  2. If you notice that the smoke from the gun, when fired, is not diminishing within a few seconds or if the air doesn't smell clean, immediately notify management. You can always return on another day -- after calling the range and inquiring if the ventilation works properly. Or better yet, go somewhere else.

  3. When you have finished your session at the firing range, wear disposable gloves to pick up your spent casings. This small gesture protects you from lead particles on the casings. The disposable gloves fit in your range bag without taking up a lot of space.

  4. Most indoor ranges do not allow food or beverages. Because lead particles are airborne, they'll land on your food. Your exposure increases when you take another bite of food or a sip of a drink. Also, avoid smoking while indoors. Cigarettes placed on the counter while you are shooting are prime targets for lead particles. Inhaling that cigarette with lead particles attached to it leads to ingesting the lead particles through your lungs and into your digestive system.

  5. Wash your hands thoroughly when your session is over at the indoor firing range. Use COLD water and soap. Your skin pores will stay closed by the cold water and this will increase your chances of non-absorption. When you are shooting at an outdoor range, carry a container of D-lead wipes in your range bag. The wipes will remove some of the lead residue until you wash your hands with cold water and soap.

  6. Change your clothes and shoes when you get home. Put your clothing in the washer as soon as possible. Following this procedure after every visit keeps your family and pets from exposure to lead residue.



Tips to Prevent Lead Poisoning

Lead Management & OSHA Compliance for Indoor Shooting Ranges




ECOBOND(R) LBP, Lead Paint Treatment, Officially Announced as a Global Green Building Leader by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

ECOBOND(R), the premier lead paint solution used to seal and treat lead paint, joins the U.S. Green Building Council member community.



"We are passionate about restoring our environment and protecting people from the hazards of lead with our patented ECOBOND(R) lead paint technology. We are pleased to align ourselves with leading organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council" stated James Barthel, President and creator of ECOBOND(R).

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. The Organization is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward in a way that has never been seen before.

"Green construction is quickly outpacing conventional construction in the U.S. Green building is a win-win, offering both environmental and economic opportunity." said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC.

About ECOBOND LBP, LLC:



ECOBOND(R) LBP, LLC is the nation's leader in developing and distributing products that improve the protection of human health and safety from the hazards of lead in the home, workplace, and the environment. With over 15 years in patented and proven success, the ECOBOND(R) family of products have been extensively used in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material while serving over 100,000 customers in the United States and Internationally. ECOBOND(R) is the premier lead paint solution and is the only lead paint solution on the market that seals and treats lead dust and lead in paint.



To learn more visit www.ecobondlbp.com or view their lead paint treatment video:

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Did Michelangelo Suffer from Lead Poisoning? Maybe He Used the Wrong Lead Paint Removal Products!

Sistine Chapel -Wikipedia public domainThe Sistine Chapel boasts one of the most beautiful artifacts in the world. It's covered with the vivid clouds and cherubs, the smooth flesh tones and flowing fabrics, the warm and pure expression of Italian art history. For four long, painful years, Michelangelo stood on scaffolding, painting the ceiling in intricate detail. In 1509 he described the physical strain of the project in a poem. "I've already grown a goiter from this torture... My stomach's squashed under my chin; my face makes a fine floor for droppings."


He may have been suffering from more than just the muscle aches associated with working long hours in an unnatural position. But it took another few centuries before the 1834 London Medical and Surgical Journal described symptoms of what became known as "painter's colic". It correctly defined this as a "nervous affection" of the intestines, occurring when lead "is absorbed into the system."


Other old masters, too, were subject to lead poisoning. Goya painted with his fingers. He suffered from blindness and vertigo. Van Gogh notoriously sucked on his paintbrushes, as the pigment was sweet to the taste.


It's unfortunate that the world's greatest artists from ages past did not have access to lead paint removal products. But today, we have a whole arsenal, beginning with ECOBOND(R) LBP which is specially formulated with patented lead treatment reagents made with food-grade additives to take advantage of the natural binding properties of lead and phosphate to render lead virtually non-hazardous. This proprietary blend provides advanced human bioavailability reduction, in case of accidental ingestion of the treated lead paint chips.
We don't cut corners. Third party independent testing documented results that confirmed the effectiveness of ECOBOND(R) LBP in protecting human health.


Because the fact that the minerals significantly resist breakdown and absorption of lead in the stomach, lead is hindered from getting into the blood stream by reducing in vitro bio-accessibility (IVBA) of lead from 50% to 85% on multiple samples***


Get it Right the First Time: Industrial Projects for Lead Paint Removal


When managing industrial projects for lead paint removal, remediation and remodeling contractors as well as demolition crews face tremendous pressure - and have a responsibility - to do it right the first time, not only for the sake of their customers and the public, but also for their own workers.


Patented Solution for Remodeling, Renovation, Demolition, and Disposal


ECOBOND(R) LBP is a patented specialty coating combining a high-quality acrylic latex paint with natural lead treatment reagents and proprietary softeners for enhanced adhesions and permeation.


As a result, ECOBOND(R) seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint, effectively providing a leave-on application that renders the treated materials non-hazardous for safe disposal.


Managing Air Quality Compliance and Soil Migration Issues


Most lead paint removal projects must document RCRA EPA compliance regarding disposal of treated items and control of lead airborne particulates.


For this reason, many lead abatement contractors treat with ECOBOND(R) prior to scraping and/or blasting in a containment system. The patented, comprehensive formula is a multi-use product that assists in compliance while at the same time providing for worker and vicinity/residential safety.


ECOBOND reduces air quality and soil migration concerns because the process seals lead and lead paint dust rendering demolished/treated items on-hazardous for disposal. In the process, when properly used, it also reduces airborne lead dust particulates, greatly reducing contamination at the worksite.


Due to its broad applications and consistently favorable test results, the multi-purpose product is a popular solution among contractors and government agencies alike.


ECOBOND(R) LBP is allowed for use as a Lead Paint Interim Control in all 50 states, and can be used as a self-priming interior paint or to prep surfaces for most topical coverings, or as an exterior primer prior to application of standard exterior topcoat.
It is ideal for home, office, commercial facilities, schools, factories, and DOT structures.
ECOBOND(R) LBP's superior adhesion and unique Paint-it-on Leave-it-on(R) formula can be used on a variety of properly prepared surfaces, including (but not limited to):


o Wood


o Drywall/Plaster


o Steel


o Masonry


o Brick


o Metal


o Concrete


o Asphalt


As a matter of fact over the last 10 years, thousands of residential, commercial and governmental contractors became dissatisfied & frustrated with traditional lead paint treatment products and made the decision to replace their old encapsulant products. They found that when they started using ECOBOND(R) LBP to treat lead paint on interior and exterior surfaces, it gave them better results with low odor, low VOC, quick-dry penetrating resin, firm anchorage and paint application compatibility.


They can now treat lead based paint in a leave-on application or remove it, rendering it non-hazardous for disposal!


WARNING: Learn how ECOBOND(R) LBP Lead Defender(R) Lead-Based Paint Treatment is different than Encapsulants! Why Just Cover it When You Can Treat it!


Download free Industry Report:http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com



When it comes to industrial lead paint removal projects, everyone is focused on the same goal: removing the hazard without causing additional risks to those in the area. For the sake of your workers, residents, and everyone in the vicinity - shouldn't you learn as much as possible about your lead paint removal products?


Questions about compliance or testing? Contact us.


* EPA Method 1311: Reduces lead hazards by up to 95%


**ASTM E1613-12: Reduces airborne lead dust by up to 99%


***EPA 9200.1-86: Reduces relative lead bioavailability by up to 85%

Did Michelangelo Suffer from Lead Poisoning?

The Sistine Chapel boasts one of the most beautiful artifacts in the world. It's covered with the vivid clouds and cherubs, the smooth flesh tones and flowing fabrics, the warm and pure expression of Italian art history. For four long, painful years, Michelangelo stood on scaffolding, painting the ceiling in intricate detail. In 1509 he described the physical strain of the project ina poem. "I've already grown a goiter from this torture... My stomach's squashed under my chin; my face makes a fine floor for droppings."




He may have been suffering from more than just the muscle aches associated with working long hours in an unnatural position. But it took another few centuries before the 1834 London Medical and Surgical Journal described symptoms of what became known as "painter's colic". It correctly defined this as a "nervous affection" of the intestines, occurring when lead "is absorbed into the system."



Other old masters, too, were subject to lead poisoning. Goya painted with his fingers. He suffered from blindness and vertigo. Van Gogh notoriously sucked on his paintbrushes, as the pigment was sweet to the taste.



It's unfortunate that the world's greatest artists from ages past did not have access to lead paint removal products. But today, we have a whole arsenal, beginning with ECOBOND(R) LBP which is specially formulated with patented lead treatment reagents made with food-grade additives to take advantage of the natural binding properties of lead and phosphate to render lead virtually non-hazardous. This proprietary blend provides advanced human bioavailability reduction, in case of accidental ingestion of the treated lead paint chips.

We don't cut corners. Third party independent testing documented results that confirmed the effectiveness of ECOBOND(R) LBP in protecting human health.



Because the fact that the minerals significantly resist breakdown and absorption of lead in the stomach, lead is hindered from getting into the blood stream by reducing in vitro bio-accessibility (IVBA) of lead from 50% to 85% on multiple samples***



Get it Right the First Time: Industrial Projects for Lead Paint Removal