Exposure to lead can come from lead-based paint (used in homes and industry), leaded gasoline, industrial releases, soil, food, drinking water and occupational exposure. Lead can become a serious health hazard when it is reduced to dust, chips or fumes.
BDN offers services to help you identify the potential sources or exposures to lead.
Paint Inspections & Sampling
Do you have an upcoming renovation or demolition project planned? BDN’s team of lead paint professionals can perform an inspection of your building to determine the presence of lead and, if identified, provide recommendations for managing it safely.
Lead Air Monitoring
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulate lead-related work. As an employer your company is responsible for determining the levels of airborne lead that your employees are exposed to in the workplace. OSHA has established an Action Level and a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for lead. When airborne concentrations of lead meet or exceed these levels the OSHA Lead Standard requires the use of respirators, protective clothing, training, medical surveillance and other protective measures.
Our Industrial Hygienists monitor airborne concentrations of lead using low volume air monitoring equipment to determine personal breathing zone exposures. If concentrations exceed permissible limits, recommendations are made to bring exposures into compliance.
RRP (Renovation, Repair & Painting)
The EPA requires that as of April 22 of 2010, all contractors who might disturb lead-based paint become RRP Certified Renovators. The individual certification is current for five years, at which point a 4-hour refresher course is required. All contractors who may disturb painted surfaces in pre-1978 housing & child-occupied facilities must become Lead Certified Renovators.
Visit the RRP Lead Paint Safety Training page for more information and to register for upcoming class.