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. 

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