At DK Environmental Consulting, we assist lead abatement contractors, as well as workers who regularly encounter lead in their work activities (e.g. welders), by providing:
Air monitoring to assess occupational exposure
Clearance wipe sampling to ensure adequate cleanup
Leachability sampling to determine disposal requirements
Risk assessments and work procedures for safe handling
Exposure Control Plans (ECP's) for health & safety programs
Where is Lead found during Construction?
Inorganic lead is present in a variety of building materials, encountered during renovation/demolition. It is present in most paints/coatings, and ceramic tile glazes. Elemental lead is used for roof vent pipes and soldering. WorkSafeBC requires testing for lead containing paints, coatings and products during Hazardous Materials Assessments prior to renovation.
While our bodies can get rid of lead, exposure (inhalation and ingestion) at rates faster than our body can get rid of it, can lead to health problems consisting of Anemia, nerve damage, kidney damage, high blood pressure and decreased brain function. Children and pregnant women are more susceptible to lead, as increased lead levels also cause developmental defects and issues.
WorkSafeBC does not numerically define lead, and instead requires appropriate risk assessments to be conducted for any work that may impact lead containing materials. WorkSafeBC also requires regular monitoring of workers who are exposed to lead in the workplace, such as occupational exposure air sampling and regular blood tests.