ACM Environmental is at the forefront of protecting worker and building occupant health and safety with respect to lead construction materials in British Columbia. Lead exposure, as a result of disturbing lead paint, is a prominent safety concern in renovation, construction, and demolition. Having worked with regulatory agencies to develop the lead industrial guidelines, ensures ACM Environmental can provide the best exposure control plans, work procedures, and training for handling of lead containing materials. To satisfy all your needs, we provide:
- Lead Testing
- Site Surveys
- Risk Assessments
- Project design
- Project management
- Air Monitoring
- Bulk Sampling
- Lab Testing
- Worker Training
- Exposure control plans
- Work procedures
- Reporting on testing and results
Any individual – be they home owner, business owner, worker, or contractor – can contact the team at ACM Environmental to discover if they should be concerned about lead on their property.
History on Lead in Buildings
Lead paint was once commonplace, both in homes and businesses as well as consumer products. To this day, lead contamination remains a serious health concern for many. Before 1976 there were no restrictions on the amount of lead put into paint in Canada. Some paint contained up to 50% lead (500,000 mg/kg).
While the addition of lead (above 600 mg/kg) to consumer paints was prohibited in the United States in 1977, Canada only voluntarily adopted the same regulations in 1991, and it wasn’t made official until 2005 with the Surface Coating Materials Regulations. In 2010 Canada lowered the level to 90 mg/kg for all consumer products.
Most commercial buildings, schools, and homes in Canada still contain some amount of lead paint both inside and out. As these buildings age, lead exposure is becoming a prominent safety concern, particularly during renovation, construction and/or demolition projects when lead paint may be disturbed. This is also a safety concern for the properties and land surrounding the buildings if the renovation or demolition activities are not conducted with the proper controls in place.
Symptoms of Lead Poisoning
Lead poisoning has been of concern since the Roman Empire, and results in wide-ranging and difficult to spot symptoms, including:
- Abdominal pain
- High blood pressure
- Loss of mental functioning
- Memory loss
- Mood disorders
- Joint and muscle pain
- Pain, numbness and/or tingling in the extremities
- Miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women
Children and babies who are exposed to lead can show additional signs and symptoms, from developmental delay and learning difficulties, to irritability, weight loss, fatigue, hearing loss, vomiting and constipation.