A Lead Based Paint Risk Assessment is conducted to determine whether lead-based paint hazards exist and, if so, provides solutions for reducing and managing such hazards. Risk Assessment is a multi-step process.
Steps Involved in a Lead Risk Assessment
- Our consultants first interview our clients to create an overview of the occupants and property; including the age of the building occupants, use patterns, etc.
- Next, a visual inspection of the property for any areas exhibiting deteriorated paint as well as high friction and impact surfaces.
- We will then test those surfaces identified as potential hazards using an XRF device that takes sample measurements in a quick, accurate, and non-destructive way.
- All of this data is then evaluated and a plan is developed to reduce or remove any identified hazards.
At Crisis Cleaning, Inc. we understand the need for safe, immediate, and cost-effective recommendations when dealing with environmental hazards, so each risk assessment report provides clear, common sense management techniques to reduce your exposure to lead until complete abatement can occur.
Common sources of lead:
- house paint from before 1978
- pipes and sink faucets, which can contaminate drinking water
- toys made and painted outside the United States
- toys and household items painted before 1976
- soil polluted by car exhaust or chipping house paint
- bullets, curtain weights, and fishing sinkers made of lead
- storage batteries
- jewelry, pottery, and lead figures
- paint sets and art supplies
- other types of art hobbies and projects
Paint Testing Methods for Lead:
1. Lab Testing for Lead Paint
Paint scrapings can be collected and are shipped overnight to an independent third party laboratory to be analyzed for lead content. With this test, lead levels of at least 0.5% in dried weight are taken to mean that a home contains lead paint contamination.
2. Dust Swipe Lead Testing
It is also possible to do chemical tests on the spot using a specialized kit in cases where more immediate results are desired. With the chemical spot test, color changes of the collected sample are observed. For instance, when using sodium sulfide, a color range of yellow to dark brown indicates the presence of high amounts of lead. A dust swipe is also a quick way to determine whether lead contamination is present in a home.
3. XRF Machine Testing
An XRF lead testing instrument can be used for fast, accurate, non-destructive testing and report downloads.
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