Lead Paint Removal
Hazpro Environmental provides professional lead paint removal services for Victoria BC and all of Vancouver Island.
The first step to lead paint removal is to complete a visual investigation. Our team can perform a thorough inspection and risk assessment of the areas that may be contaminated with lead.
What Is Lead Paint?
Lead-containing paints and coatings were commonly used until the 1980s and do not present a health risk if left intact. However, a health risk occurs when the paint or coating begins to chip, peel, or is disturbed in any way.
Dust and paint chips from lead paint are a major source of lead poisoning for both children and adults.
If you feel you may be at risk, our experts here at Hazpro Environmental can perform a thorough inspection and risk assessment of the areas that may be contaminated with lead. Depending on your situation, you may require lead spot repair, encapsulation, or removal.
How do I know if my paint or coating contains lead?
To determine if paint is potentially hazardous we need to complete a series of tests.
Our experts at Hazpro Environmental first test for the lead content in paint. Anything higher than 0.009% by Wt. is considered as lead containing.
The second test for lead is the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) testing, to be performed on any lead containing materials present prior to disposal. Under the BC Hazardous Waste Regulation, materials with identified lead-based paint destined for disposal at a licensed landfill facility must be tested for leachability to determine if lead will contaminate your local water supply..
WorkSafeBC requires that worker exposure to airborne lead be kept below 0.05 mg/m3. Workplace exposures must be reduced to levels that are “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA) below the exposure limit.
How do I eliminate or limit the exposure to lead-based paint and coatings that are determined to be a health risk?
Considering the severity and the location of your area, we will come up with the most effective solution possible, which may include one of the following:
- Lead Spot Repair: This involves the careful scraping of areas contaminated with lead with a HEPA vacuum followed by repainting.
- Lead Encapsulation: The process of using material to cover and encapsulate the lead-based paint. This can include vinyl, poly, wood, Towerthon, or aluminum siding (may require additional contracting).
- Removal of Lead: Involves the complete removal of lead based paint.