Lead-based Material

Lead and its harmful effects

Over the last decade lead has become a major health concern. Studies have associated lead with a variety of ailments, including reproductive difficulties, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and a permanent impairment of IQ in developing children. Unfortunately, lead can be found everywhere in our environment, including our homes and workplaces. Historically, lead was added to gasoline, pipe solder, pottery glazes and more. Worst of all, lead was heavily employed in residential and industrial paints throughout most of the 20th century. It is estimated over 70% of the housing stock built before 1978 is contaminated with lead. In commercial applications, surface coatings often contained as much as 40% lead by weight and were used to cover everything from water tanks to floors and railings.

  • Paint chips, wipes, soil & water testing
  • ICP technology & EPA compliant
  • On-site sampling, in-house lab analysis
  • Affordable, 24 hr results

Wipe Sampling & Analysis

At Paradigm we offer laboratory analysis of paint chips, dust wipes, soils, and drinking waters. This testing is often used to supplement the information gathered during an XRF survey. Paint chips can be used as an alternative to XRF, and are often used to verify XRF readings. Wipe samples are used to assess lead-contaminated dust prior to and following renovation activities. Analysis of soils and water supply provide information on additional sources of lead exposure. In each case samples are carefully analyzed using state-of-the-art ICP technology and EPA specified methods, yielding data of the highest quality. As with all of our analytical services, results can be obtained in as little as 24 hours.

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