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Piece of Cake Painting been trained and passed the RRP Class on Lead Safe Practices, and 5 years later did it again. Certified and registered with the Dept of Commerce Lead Based Safety Program. We are committed to protecting us and you.

Here are tools we use to remove lead paint: Our newest tool is the best: The Festool CT-26 HEPA Vac with integrated sanding tools RO125, R090, and RT 125. The Festool system is so good, almost zero dust escapes. We also use the following equipment: Paint Shaver Pro and the Nilfisk Eliminator I HEPA vacuum.
Here is what our jobsites look like when doing a leaded house:

Here's what you need to know about lead

This is the warning printed on paint cans:
WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead.


From the EPA website:

Lead

Childhood lead poisoning is a serious, yet preventable environmental illness. Experts believe that blood lead levels as low as 10 micrograms per deciliter are associated with children’s learning and behavioral problems. High blood lead levels cause devastating health effects, such as seizures, coma, and death. Over the past 30 years, the U.S. has made great progress in combating this disease by addressing a wide range of sources of lead exposures. The Federal government has phased out lead in gasoline, reduced lead in drinking water, and banned or limited lead use in consumer products, including toys, food cans, and residential paint. States and municipalities have initiated programs to identify and treat lead poisoned children and to rehabilitate deteriorated housing. Parents, too, greatly contributed to reducing their children’s exposure to lead.

The U.S. children’s blood lead levels significantly decreased during the 1970's and 1980's. However, almost 310,000 children under six still have blood lead levels above 10 micrograms per deciliter, with a disproportionate number of them living in inner cities; thus, lead poisoning is a major concern associated with environmental justice issues. There are also significant numbers of children living in suburban and rural areas that suffer from lead poisoning.

EPA’s current lead program focuses on the primary source (lead based paint) of lead-poisoning in children in the U.S. today. A 1991 report issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) showed that lead-based paint was used in millions of older homes and housing units in the United States. Studies showed that lead-based paint has a tendency to become incorporated in household dust as it cracks and weathers, lead paint also may chip or release particles into the air as a result of routine friction on impact surfaces (such as windows, window sills, doors). Young children may ingest the lead-contaminated dust during typical childhood behavior such as crawling on floors and then putting their fingers in their mouth or mouthing toys or other objects that are covered with contaminated dust. Some children exhibiting pica behavior (a chronic tendency of mouthing or eating non-food objects) could also swallow paint chips and be lead poisoned.


What about Lead? Lead is not good for humans but it was used in paint until 1978. Here is a link to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries website regarding lead: Click Here.