Lead Based Paint


Lead-based paint (LBP) is paint containing lead, a heavy metal that is used as pigment. Although lead improves paint performance, it is a dangerous substance. It is especially damaging to children under age six whose bodies are still developing. Lead causes nervous system damage, stunted growth, and delayed development. The United States government's Consumer Product Safety Commission banned lead paint in consumer products by 1977 (16 Code of Federal Regulations CFR 1303). 

Nonetheless, LBP may still be found in older properties painted prior to the introduction of such regulation, in industrial facilities and in other exempt uses such as:

  •  In ceramic glazes, paint, ammunition, cable covering, and other products
  •  In the production of metal products, such as sheet lead, solder and pipes
  •  In the manufacture of batteries
  •  In tetraethyl lead that was used in gasoline to increase the octane rating until lead additives were phased out and eventually banned from use in gasoline in the U.S. by the EPA by 1996

*Source: EPA Web Site- http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/lead.html 

Federal, state and local regulations were established due to the hazards of lead exposures. The penalties for regulatory non-compliance include fines of up to $10,000 for civil infractions; fines of up to $25,000 and one year in jail for criminal violations; and triple damages plus attorney’s fees in private civil suits.(http://www.farrislawfirm.com/Default.aspx?PageID=23)

Local regulations enforced by the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board demand all lead to be managed as a special waste. This imposes specific actions for demolitions’ waste disposal. In order to obtain a General Consolidated Permit in Puerto Rico you will need a certificate that states that there is no lead in the project. (http://www.gobierno.pr/NR/rdonlyres/2D37EF80-3560-4421-876A-4194479651BC/0/ControlDesperdiciosSolidosNoPeligrosos.pdf
The following criteria applies: 

  •  Must be performed by an accredited lead inspector
  •  Construction date of the project is not a consideration
  •  Completion of the form OGP-PGC-010

Zimmetry gives you peace of mind in addressing lead based paint issues within your facilities by:

  •  Having state accredited lead inspectors
  •  Using EPA accredited laboratories (NVLAP)
  •  Ensuring compliance with all applicable regulatory standards, including the OSHA lead standard 1926.62 and applicable EPA regulations
  •  Conducting project oversight
  •  Utilizing state-of-the-art onsite equipment and inspection techniques
  •  Development of comprehensive inspection reports

Achieve full compliance with our lead based paint consultation by counting on:

  •  Expert interpretation of applicable lead regulatory standards for over ten years
  •  Consultants that have been utilized as expert witnesses and presenters to government agencies on lead issues
  •  Customized presentations to staff/building occupants who express lead concerns


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