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Lead Inspections & Lead Abatement
Lead-based paints were commonly used in the past, but were prohibited from use after 1978. Many older buildings and residential structures, both single and multi-family, still have lead-based paint that requires control by building managers and property owners. Planned renovations and demolitions of structures may require testing for lead in compliance with OSHA and EPA guidelines.
Disturbing lead-based paint can create a lead-poisoning hazard when workers, adults and/or children are exposed to lead by inhalation of lead dust. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition, and is not on an “impact surface” like a window or door and door frame is not a hazard. Lead-based paint “is” a hazard if it is peeling, chipping flaking, cracking, dry scraped or sanded, rubbed or chewed.
AES conducts lead-based paint inspections utilizing an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer, which provides on-site readings of the concentration of lead. All inspections are conducted by California Certified Lead Inspectors/Risk Assessors, or other California Certified personnel and are in accordance with federal HUD Guidelines and the 2010 Repair, Renovate and Painting (RRP) Rule. A customized scope of work is outlined to meet the goals of each project.
AES prepares abatement specifications, bidding documents and assists clients with the bidding process. Our qualified management team assists with bid walks, helps to summarize bids, aids in the selection of a contractor, and attends pre-construction meetings. AES provides California and EPA lead certified project monitors for on-site abatement activity oversight. Our experienced monitors examine, approve and document the progress and quality of the abatement procedures and conduct final air clearances upon completion of the project.
Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule
The Federal EPA’s Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule (RRP) went into effect April 22, 2010 and requires that renovation, abatement and painting contractors and other trades, who may disturb painted surfaces in Target Housing, and Child-Occupied Facilities, become Lead Certified Renovators.
The RRP Rule requires contractors to have painted surfaces tested for lead before beginning a project, if the surfaces will be disturbed, or they must assume it contains lead.
In California, the law requires contractors to assume all surfaces – in all structures – built before 1978, contain lead-based paint, unless they have been tested and found to be “lead-free” by a California state Certified Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor. No one else can test for lead-based paint in California.
- Lead-Based Paint Inspections
- RRP Rule Lead Inspections
- Risk Assessments
- XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) Technology
- Paint Chip Testing
- Project Oversight and Monitoring
- Operation & Maintenance (O& M) Plan Development
- Lead Paint Awareness Training