Lead-based Paint Surveys


Lead-based Exterior Paint Chipping Off Wall

What is lead?

Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products such as paint and gasoline. Exposure to lead can come from ingesting or inhaling lead dust that is created as lead-based paint (LBP) chips or peels from deteriorated surfaces, small paint chips are stepped on or a painted frame window is opened or closed. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from learning disabilities to death.

How does this affect you?

Prior to 1978, many structures were painted with paint containing some amount of lead. Due to its known health risks, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) phased out the sale and distribution of residential paint containing lead in 1978. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines, percentages of lead in paint by dry weight should not exceed 0.5. In accordance with OSHA regulations, property owners must determine the condition of LBP in their structures and provide this information to contractors before any renovations begin to protect workers from lead exposure. Therefore, a LBP survey is recommended as part of an initial investigation of a property and prior to any construction/demolition activities at a Property. This survey and the associated sampling is the only way for an owner or prospective owner to confirm the presence or absence of LBP at the property.

How can GCE help you?

GCE performs a visual survey and initial sampling of suspect LBP throughout the building and, if applicable, in areas where known construction activities are to occur. If laboratory analysis confirms the presence of LBP above the HUD standard, GCE works with the client in the removal of this paint and/or in the development of an LBP Removal Program to provide site-specific guidelines for working in the vicinity of the LBP.