Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has many beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals causing health effects.
Lead was banned from consumer use paint in the U.S. in 1977. Even though leaded paint may be covered with non-leaded paint, lead may still be released into the home environment by peeling, chipping, chalking, friction or impact. Lead may also be released through past or ongoing home renovation. Lead-contaminated household dust is the major course of lead exposure to children in the U.S.
Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. The older the house, the more likely it is to contain lead-based paint and to have a higher concentration of lead in the paint.
Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults and their brains and central nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging, toxic effects of lead. Even very low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in permanent damage to the brain and nervous system, leading to behavior and learning disabilities, lower IQ, shortened attention span and hearing problems.
The major source of exposure for children is lead paint dust from deteriorated lead paint or an improper clean-up after a home renovation. Most childhood exposure occurs through children’s normal hand-to-mouth activity after contact with a source of leaded dust. The most effective prevention of childhood lead poisoning is to reduce or eliminate exposure.
Adults can also suffer significant if less severe effects from lead poisoning. Food, water, worksites and consumer products can contain significant amounts of lead. Adults can suffer from high blood pressure, nerve disorders, muscle pain and organ problems.
Accredited can put your mind at ease when it comes to identifying and reporting lead based paint issues. We use the latest technology and equipment to help you identify the presence of lead and make proper decisions on how to correct or control the risk in your situation.