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As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to lead can cause serious health problems, whether it is breathed in, swallowed, or the particles are absorbed. Lead that is absorbed by the body is stored in the blood, bones, and tissues. As we age and the bones demineralize, lead is released from the bones and internal exposures may increase.

Health problems can develop from short-term over-exposure or long-term exposure to lead. To help prevent exposure and adverse health effects, our team of environmental professionals at Quality Environmental, Inc. provides safe, proficient lead abatement in Los Angeles for commercial and residential clients.

What Are the Symptoms of Lead Poisoning?

Lead poisoning can occur in a short period of time when a person is exposed to very high levels of lead. Symptoms of lead poisoning include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Memory loss
  • Weakness
  • Tingling or pain in the hands and/or feet

Health Effects of Lead Poisoning

Exposure to high levels of lead can cause anemia and damage to the brain and kidneys, or even death. As lead can cross the placental barrier, lead exposure of a pregnant woman can affect the unborn child. It can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and infertility in both men and women.

Generally, lead affects children more seriously at lower levels of exposure than adults. Lead poisoning has occurred in children from dust their parents brought home on clothing. Neurological effects and mental retardation has occurred in some children whose parents were exposed to lead in the workplace.

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Symptoms of Prolonged Lead Exposure

Symptoms of prolonged exposure to lead are similar to lead poisoning symptoms resulting from brief exposure at higher levels. Long-term exposure symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Forgetfulness
  • Distraction
  • Irritability
  • Nausea

Prolonged exposure to lead may increase the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and reduced fertility.

What Is Lead Abatement?

Commercial or residential lead abatement in Los Angeles is a specialized activity designed to address the removal of lead in a building, home, parks and playgrounds, or other facility, including a thorough removal of lead paint. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires firms and individuals who perform abatement projects in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities to be certified and follow specific practices. Our environmental professionals are certified and licensed to perform lead abatement.

Although they are similar, lead-based paint activities are regulated differently than renovation, repair, and painting. Lead-based paint activities include inspections, risk assessment, and abatement.

Inspections are designed to locate all lead-based paint in a building, home, or facility.

Assessments are designed to identify hazards and management strategies.

Abatement involves safe removal, enclosure, or encapsulation of all hazardous materials (lead-based paint).

Lead Abatement and EPA Regulation

Lead abatement is closely monitored and regulated by EPA. Certified firms are required to notify EPA and Cal-OSHA a minimum of 5 business days before beginning a lead abatement project. If the work is being performed as emergency abatement after high blood levels of lead in occupants have been discovered, EPA should be notified no later than the day the work begins.

Methods of Lead Abatement

Options for lead abatement include several different methods:

Enclosure

This is the easiest of all abatement methods, typically for larger surfaces. A wall covering is used to simply cover the lead paint.

Encapsulation

With this method, the lead-based pain is not only covered but also sealed using a specific coating. Although less expensive, this treatment is not appropriate for all surfaces.

Paint Removal

This abatement method involves complete removal of lead-based paint. As it will create dust, it should be performed only by a certified professional, and the most advanced equipment.

At Quality Environmental, Inc., we offer custom-tailored lead remediation in Los Angeles. Our professional team has the necessary licensing, certification, and approvals, along with extensive technical knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment.

Replacement

This option involves removing and replacing the door, window, or molding that has been painted with lead-based paint.

Short or long-term lead exposure can cause serious health consequences, particularly for children. If you have lead-based paint on your premises, there may be liability issues along with the risk of exposure and health consequences for your building’s occupants. We can perform an inspection and assessment and tailor a lead abatement plan to suit your needs.

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