Lead Testing and Lead Based Paint Testing Services

lead-testingJRM performs lead testing and lead based paint testing investigations (surveys), project design/specifications, air monitoring, and abatement oversight.

JRM’s focus of service in the area of lead based paint is how to safely and economically deal with lead based paint issues while maintaining regulatory compliance. Lead occurs as both a natural element found in the ground (or as dust in the air) and as part of manmade materials. JRM’s approach to the lead issue is focused on keeping abreast of current regulatory changes and advising their clients with respect to compliance and potential lead health and/or legal related problems.

For detecting lead based paint where the paint is not to be left in place, such as for demolition or renovation, physical samples are taken as well as using the XRF Lead Analyzer.

Once a lead based paint hazard has been identified, baseline lead in air or soil samples will be taken to give an indication as to the exposure assessment, and this information will be an important component in determining how specifications will be structured. JRM will often recommend that waste disposal characterization occur at this time. This is accomplished by taking representative samples of the building components and submitting them for analysis by Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Profile (TCLP).

The information is then compiled; the results are documented in customized reports detailing building description, locations, quality, condition, and identification. Sample lead based paint location maps, identification charts, abatement options and cost estimates, along with photographs, are frequently included. JRM will make recommendations as to how best handle a lead based paint issue based on cost, client goals, future renovation and/or demolition plans, and the condition and location of material.

Lead Project Design Specifications

When plans call for demolition and/or renovation that will affect lead based paint materials, JRM will consider the following factors before specifications are written.

  • Type of facility affected (housing/non-housing)
  • Facility location
  • Condition of materials
  • Substrate
  • Budget
  • Client preferences
  • Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Profile (TCLP) results.

Based on the above factors, JRM will analyze all available abatement technologies to determine which would be most advantageous for the client/project. These technologies include:

  • Encapsulation – Enclosure
  • Chemical Stripping – Item Replacement
  • On-site Chemical Stripping and Hand Scraping

Once the most appropriate abatement technology is selected, site specific lead abatement specifications will be developed which will include the following:

  • General project information – Removal Procedures
  • Bid forms – Protective Equipment
  • Submittal requirements – Decontamination Procedures
  • Scope of work – Air Monitoring
  • Work area preparation – Quality Assurance (QA) Inspections
  • Documentation requirements – Clearance Criteria
  • Negative pressure requirements – Lead Paint Disposal

All project design specifications will also have designated work periods, housekeeping requirements, security issues, unit pricing, insurance requirements, etc. Drawings of areas to be affected may also be included.