Lead Detection & Monitoring
Hillmann’s EPA or State Certified Lead Inspectors perform surface investigations of commercial, multi-family and educational institutions to determine the presence of lead-based and lead-containing paint as 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 rule 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 demolition, renovation, or repair projects. Hillmann can help safeguard your tenants, employees, workers, and customers from lead exposure.
New Jersey is one of a few states that has its own licensing program separate from the EPA licensing requirements. At Hillmann, we have a team of NJ licensed Risk Assessors and Inspectors 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
A room-by-room inspection of painted components is conducted with a portable non-destructive X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device following HUD Federal guidelines. XRF is the preferred method of testing because it is non-destructive, quantitative, and can be performed on the spot 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 followed when applicable, and in all cases the most stringent regulations are followed.
If inconclusive readings are obtained while utilizing the XRF, a paint chip is sent to an appropriately accredited laboratory for analysis participating in the USEPA National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP).
Lead Paint Risk Assessments
Hillmann’s EPA or State Certified Lead Risk Assessors perform on-site investigations of commercial, multi-family and educational institutions to determine the existence, severity and location of lead-based paint hazards. Hillmann will provide guidance on the proper process to rectify any lead-based hazard identified during the assessment.
A visual assessment of the building and paint condition will be conducted and sampling locations chosen based on use patterns and visual observations. In areas of deteriorated paint Hillmann performs dust wipe sampling based on the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) methodology and ASTM SW846-7000B/7420. Surface lead dust levels are collected by wiping a given surface area with a GhostWipe, specific for the purpose of collection of lead dust. Samples are analyzed by either Flame Atomic Absorption (FAA) or Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) analysis.
Lead concentrations of deteriorated paint can also be performed with the use of a portable non-destructive X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device following HUD Federal guidelines. Should XRF testing not be applicable for the deteriorated surface, Hillmann collects paint chip samples of all paint layers. Paint chip samples sent to an appropriately accredited laboratory participating in the USEPA National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP) for analysis.
Hillmann collects soil samples which are sent to an appropriately NLLAP accredited laboratory for analysis via Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) or Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP).
Lead Exposure Monitoring
Hillmann provides initial and follow-up employee exposure monitoring services during construction, demolition, maintenance/repair and lead remediation projects as required by OSHA. Personal air samples are taken within the worker breathing zone to ensure worker safety and compliance with OSHA guidelines. In addition, 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.