Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly.
Research suggests that the primary sources of lead exposure for most children are:
- deteriorating lead-based paint,
- lead contaminated dust, and
- lead contaminated residential soil.
Lead based paint can be easily identified through a simple Lead Based Paint Survey. One Source Environmental offers an extensive and complete lead based paint survey, conducted according to the guidelines and procedures outlined in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's document entitled: Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing, published June 1995 (Revised 1997).
One Source Environmental uses non-destructive "state of the art" XRF technology (X-ray Fluorescence) to identify the existence of lead based paint
One Source Environmental has performed thousands of lead based paint surveys. We have performed a diverse range of lead based paint surveys for the federal government, state and municipal agencies, financial institutions, realtors, property management firms, commercial and industrial properties, apartment complex owners, and residential home owners.
Design services (creating remediation plans)
If you plan to renovate or demolish your building and LBP is present, then a plan for controlling the lead must be developed. Our lead abatement design services will identify and define the materials needing special handling and disposal and how to manage them during construction. Lead containing components that can remain in place and do not need to be disturbed will be clearly identified. Our design will provide you with an accurate cost estimate for abatement, comprehensive plans and specifications. These documents will limit your liability and allow you to competitively bid the work among several contractors. You will then obtain the best price and eliminate construction period change orders at the same time.
Project management & monitoring services (overseeing abatement by other companies)
One Source Environmental employs certified project monitors to ensure all lead-based paint remediation efforts are performed safely and in accordance with all Federal, State and local regulations governing lead-based paint remediation work.
One Source Environmental provides a more extensive and thorough survey of lead contaminated environments through a Lead Risk Assessment.
A lead risk assessment includes the surface by surface inspection/assessment of painted surfaces (deteriorated and intact surface areas), soil areas, water samples, tile surfaces, and any other possible lead risk areas.
Additionally, a Lead Risk Assessment Report identifies any lead risks that may pose a hazard to the environment and more importantly to occupants. The lead risk assessment report also outlines and offers risk mitigation (management of lead risks) and abatement alternatives for any lead risks that may be present.
Clearance exams are conducted following lead-based paint hazard reduction activities to determine that the hazard reduction activities are complete and that no soil-lead hazards or surface dust-lead hazards exist in the dwelling unit or worksite. The clearance process includes a visual assessment and collection and analysis of environmental samples.
Expert witness services
One Source Environmental has several Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) on staff to assist our clients with court proceedings related to lead exposure. Our senior staff has provided expert testimony in numerous litigations, providing testimony, written reports and laboratory analysis.
One Source Environmental will provide your employees with lead awareness training that will enable them to avoid exposure to lead within the indoor environment. Awareness training is essential for those with employees likely to be exposed to lead within the indoor environment.
Employee exposure monitoring
Employee exposure monitoring in addition to awareness training is essential for those with employees likely to be exposed to lead within the context of their work. One Source Environmental will monitor employees in the field using personal air pumps and field evaluation techniques to ensure employee safety with regard to lead exposure.
Dust, water & soil lab analysis
Lead in Dust :
Lead dust is the most common source of lead exposure in young children. Lead dust can chalk off of deteriorating lead-based paint, and can also be found in lead-contaminated soil. People working with lead can also get lead on their hair, body, clothing, and shoes and then bring the harmful lead dust home to their families.
Lead in Drinking Water :
It is not common to find high amounts of lead in drinking water. To find out if you may have a problem with lead in your drinking water, ask this question:
Do you have lead water pipes, copper pipes joined with lead-based solder or brass faucets? If the answer is yes, your drinking water could be contaminated with lead. The only way to know for sure if you have too much lead in your drinking water, is to have a sample analyzed by a certified laboratory. If you have any of these conditions on your property, you may have a problem with lead. The only way to know for sure is to have a lead evaluation conducted by a professional.
Lead in Soil :
To find out if you may have a problem with lead-contaminated soil, ask the following questions:
Is your property located near a busy street? Bare soil next to a busy street or roadway can be contaminated with lead. During the years when lead was used in gasoline, the exhaust from cars and trucks would release small particles of lead into the air, and this lead fell into the soil. The lead stays in the soil.
Do you have any bare soil areas - bare soil is any soil you can see - around the foundation of a building, near a fence, or under a deck? Are there paint chips in the soil? If so, your soil could be contaminated with lead paint chips or lead dust.
Are there bare soil areas around the foundation of a building, or elsewhere on the property where lead paint chips and dust may have fallen to the ground, while a building was being scraped and painted in the past? These paint chips and small pieces of lead dust could still be in the soil.