Monday, 26 January 2015

Residents Protected from Lead Based Paint Poisoning

A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is available to certain regions across the country. This block grant can be used for many basic home improvement needs.The Community Development Block Grant program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs ranging from renovations, asbestos removal, to lead safe practices:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/communitydevelopment/programs

Lead based paint, a known toxin, was widely used in North America on both the exteriors and interiors of buildings until it was banned in 1978. Lead compounds were an important component of many historic paints. Lead, in the forms of lead carbonate and lead oxides, had excellent adhesion, drying, and covering abilities. However, in its deteriorated form, it produces paint chips and lead-laden dust particles that are a known health hazard to both children and adults. Renovation and demolition activities involving lead based paint can create lead dust that is hazardous to the health and safety of the workers and the occupants.During its February 2014 renovation project, the historic Marietta Ohio City Hall selected ECOBOND® LBP, a lead paint treatment and sealant product known to reduce lead hazards by sealing lead dust and treating the lead in lead paint. “I am really excited in the outcome of ECOBOND® LBP. It has maintained its integrity with the issues we were having as far as the lead levels” stated Elizabeth Matteson, EHS Safety Specialist.After applying the product to lead based paint surfaces, the ECOBOND® LBP treated materials were tested by a certified lab. Laboratory results indicated lead levels to be below action levels and non-leachable, therefore waste generated during the project was able to be disposed of as non-hazardous.The end result: not only was the city able to proactively address potential lead dust hazards to ensure the safety of workers and occupants, but they also were able to stretch their project budget with cost savings related to the nonhazardous waste disposal, and reduced the environmental impact of the lead impacted waste.

“We are passionate about restoring our environment and protecting people from the hazards of lead with our patented ECOBOND® LBP lead paint removal technology” stated James Barthel, President and creator of ECOBOND® LBP. We are pleased to offer assistance to support lead poisoning prevention programs in the form of a free Public Service Announcement website with Industry Report on the dangers of lead based paint and the solution available to residents.
About ECOBOND LBP, LLC: 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 14 years of proven success, the ECOBOND® family of products has been extensively used throughout the US and internationally in successfully treating lead hazards in over 11,000,000 tons of material. 
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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Lead Paint Regulations Possibly Extended to Commercial Buildings

According to an article in Crain's Detroit Business, regulators are considering an extension of the lead paint initiatives to be applied to commercial buildings throughout the city to minimize the risk and long term effects of lead exposure in the area.Buildings constructed prior to 1978 likely have lead paint that had been used within the facilities. Regulators originally had put most effort for lead paint remediation into public housing, however new developments have been made proving that people who live and work in and around these commercial facilities are also being exposed to lead and in return having negative effects on their bodies and their families. With lead based paint, any renovations and repairs made in the property can kick up lead dust. Lead dust is extremely hazardous to the health of children and pregnant women. Lead is a neurotoxin and negatively effects the brain. Children who are exposed to lead are likely to develop brain damage, have behavioral issues and even begin to experience seizures. In pregnant women, lead exposure can negatively effect the fetus and can cause major issues during pregnancy and birth. "EPA is considering regulating two aspects of lead-based paint involving public and commercial buildings: interiors and exteriors. Interior renovations have the potential of generating lead-contaminated dust through paint removal, demolition, window replacement, carpet removal, repair or replacement of heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems (including duct work and small isolated disruptions (i.e., drilling, sawing, sanding, etc.). Exterior work could generate significant amounts of lead-contaminated dust that could affect outdoor soils that could either cause exposure outdoors or when tracked back into interiors. In either case, workers involved in either exterior or interior projects could also suffer significant lead exposures, according to EPA."The EPA will be making a decision on these regulations by July 1, 2013. Click here to learn more about how ECOBOND LBP can help you protect your family from lead exposure or check out our Facebookpage to follow our efforts to mitigate the risk of lead based paint.