Lead Detection & Monitoring
Lead Paint Inspections, XRF Lead Testing, and Risk Assessments
Hillmann Consulting’s EPA or state-certified lead inspectors handle surface investigations of commercial, multi-family residential, and educational institutions. Our teams conduct their research through visual lead inspection, air sampling, soil sampling, XRF lead testing, and lead dust ghost wipe sampling to determine the presence of lead paint, lead-based paint, and lead-containing paint. Lead detection and monitoring is an aspect of due diligence, prior to renovation or demolition, when damaged or peeling paint is a concern, and where children may occupy a space.
The US EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA-authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices. This precedent has increased public awareness of the need for lead detection and monitoring. Lead poisoning is a well-known health threat to children but lead exposure is also a health threat for those involved in construction, especially in demolition, renovation, or repair projects. Hillmann Consulting, LLC can help safeguard your tenants, employees, workers, and customers from hazardous lead exposure.
New Jersey is one of a few states that has its own licensing program separate from the EPA licensing requirements. At Hillmann Consulting, we have a team of NJ state-licensed risk assessors and inspectors, certified lead testers, as well as NJ licensed lead supervisor – Superstructures & Commercial Buildings and NJ licensed Lead Supervisor – Residential & Housing.
Lead Detection and Monitoring Services
- Lead Paint Inspections
- Lead Paint Risk Assessments
- Lead Exposure Monitoring
Lead Paint Inspections
Hillmann Consulting maintains a professional team of certified lead testers, registered environmental property assessors, and provides a series of lead exposure monitoring services. A room-by-room inspection of painted components is initiated with a portable, non-destructive X-ray fluorescence (XRF) device following federal U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines. XRF is the preferred method of testing because it is non-destructive, quantitative, and can be conducted instantaneously with acceptable accuracy. The results are the basis for drawing conclusions and making recommendations for lead-based paint hazards. All state and federal regulations are honored when applicable and in all cases, the most stringent regulations are followed.
If inconclusive readings are obtained while utilizing the XRF analyzer, a paint chip sample is sent for analysis to an appropriately accredited laboratory participating in the USEPA National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP).
Lead Paint Risk Assessments
Hillmann Consulting’s EPA or state-certified lead risk assessors carry out on-site investigations of commercial, multi-family residential, and educational institutions to determine the existence, severity, and location of lead paint, lead-based paint, and lead-containing paint hazards. Hillmann will provide guidance on the proper course of action to remedy any lead-based hazard(s) identified during the assessment.
A visual inspection of the building and paint condition will be performed and sampling locations will be chosen based on use patterns and seeable observations. In areas of deteriorated paint and in addition to visual lead inspection, Hillmann performs dust wipe sampling based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) methodology and ASTM SW846-7000B/7420 (flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry). Surface lead dust levels are collected by wiping a given surface test area with a ghost wipe specific for the purpose of collecting lead dust. Samples are examined by either flame atomic absorption (FAA) or inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analysis.
Lead concentrations of deteriorated paint can also be recorded with the use of a portable, non-destructive X-ray fluorescence (XRF) device following federal HUD guidelines. Should XRF lead testing be inconclusive or not-applicable for the degraded surface, Hillmann Consulting will then collect paint chip samples of all paint layers. Samples are then sent to an appropriately accredited laboratory participating in the USEPA National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP) for further analysis.
Hillmann Consulting also performs soil sampling for lead based paint risk assessment. Collected soil samples are sent to an NLLAP-accredited laboratory for lead analysis via AAS or ICP.
Lead Exposure Monitoring
Hillmann Consulting provides initial and follow-up employee exposure monitoring services during construction, demolition, maintenance/repair, and lead remediation projects as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Personal air quality samples are taken within the workers’ breathing zone to ensure worker safety and compliance with OSHA guidelines. Additionally, area air samples can be taken to determine levels outside the work area and/or containment. Wipe clearance samples and visual inspections ensure proper cleanup and compliance with OSHA, HUD, and EPA guidelines.