Lead was a component of paint and other building materials until it was banned by the federal government. Lead-based paint was commonly used for a variety of applications such as glazed block, window components and exterior siding. Any painted building material in a facility built before 1978 is suspected to contain lead-based paint.
Lead can be very hazardous to your health and cause life-long damage to the various systems in your body. For child-occupied facilities, which are defined as having children younger than six years old, it is especially important to know the sources of lead-based paint. According to the Iowa Administrative Code Chapters 69 and 70, lead inspections are required prior to any disturbance or renovation over one square foot in these facilities.
Our licensed lead inspector can quickly and efficiently test your building for the existence of lead paint on all surfaces including soil. For renovations of pre-1978 buildings, it is important to know where the lead-based paint is for the safety of the occupants and workers. We test for lead with a Niton XRF machine that uses a Cadmium radiation source. The instrument can penetrate all layers of paint down to the substrate and provide some of the most accurate readings available in LBP testing today.
Our licensed risk assessor can assess the damage of the paint and provide options for remediation or abatement. Reports are generated quickly in our office with detailed and easy to understand information.
Lead in paint can be hazardous to your health. It is important that all rules and regulations are followed to prevent exposure to those working, living and playing around it. Working with an environmental team for inspections, hazard assessments and management can help you smoothly execute projects and mitigate potential problems before they become one.