To protect families and employees from exposure to lead hazards and our clients from potential liabilities, ECT provides comprehensive risk assessments for facility owners and managers, developers, multi-family housing, schools, day care centers, and potential real estate buyers.

ECT Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation; Department of Solid Waste Management (TDEC; DSWM) Certified Lead Inspectorss and Risk Assessors perform surveys to meet all OSHA, HUD, and EPA regulatory requirements.

ECT uses XRF Spectrum Analyzers to determine the amount of lead in a painted surface. The XRF analyzer provides readings in 2-6 seconds without disturbing or damaging existing surfaces, resulting in time savings and reduced survey fees.

A major effort by HUD and EPA is currently underway to reduce exposure to lead in paints and soil.

To assist building owners/managers and contractors with compliance of the OSHA Lead in Construction Standard (29 CFR Part 1926.62)., ECT prepares specifications for safe work and abatement practices to be followed by building maintenance workers and/or contractors for demolition, painting, and renovation projects.

During construction and abatement projects, ECT performs containment inspections, worker protection procedures review, personnel monitoring, and performs visual inspections and wipe testing at the completion of the project to verify that abatement areas are safe for re-occupancy.

State and federal regulations hold building owners and employers responsible for protecting employees, occupants, and outside contractors from exposure to lead. ECT helps clients comply with these regulations by conducting site surveys and providing comprehensive assessment reports.

Every aspect of the project is closely managed including, collection and analysis of samples, containment inspections, pressure differential monitoring, and clearance visual inspections.

In September 2000, Title X Federal lesiglation (24 CFR Part 35) became effective which revised the 1996 Title X Federal legislation to not only be applicable to "child occupied" facilities but to include all federally funded facilities. This requires that the building owner comply with the new legislation while using any HUD monies on the property or the money will have to be paid back to HUD.

This also requires (among other things) that prospective home purchasers be made aware of the possibility of lead-based paint in houses built prior to 1978. It is merely a disclosure law focusing on target buildings. The seller must disclose whether he or she knows of the presence of lead-based paint. Testing is left up to the potential buyers option.  According to this law, the presence of any lead-based paint in a building does not require that any remedial action be taken. Current guidelines generally suggest that intact lead paint be left alone unless there are elevated levels of lead in the blood or another critical risk factor.

Lead-based paint becomes a problem if lead-based paint chips or dust is ingested (via eating) or inhaled (via breathing). This causes an increased level of lead in the bloodstream, which has many serious health effects. These effects are generally more serious in younger children including impaired hearing, reading and learning disabilities, and seizures, among other things. Health effects for adults include impaired blood formation, reproductive concerns like impotence, premature birthrates, lower birth weights, and behavioral abnormalities. Doctors often test lead levels in blood for children under the age of six. Only if these test results are high is any action mandated by local health departments.


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