Lead Based Paint Inspection & Risk Assessment

Our staff at Testing Mechanics Corp has been performing lead testing services for nearly 30 years. Since the 1980’s, government efforts to eliminate lead exposure in children has produced a massive effort to inspect, assess and monitor sources of lead exposure. Our major projects have included the inspection and monitoring of: paint removal from MTA rail facilities and bridges, the Grand Central Terminal renovations, and the demolition of major steel structures. Ongoing assignments include working with: housing authorities, property managers, school and recreational facilities, residential and military housing, historic restoration projects, environmental engineering studies, and worker exposure assessments.

Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes, recreation facilities and work places. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly.

Research suggests that the primary sources of lead exposure for most children are:

• deteriorating lead based paint
• lead contaminated dust
• lead contaminated residential soil

In 1978, there were nearly three to four million children with elevated blood lead levels in the United States. In the 1990s, that number had dropped to 434,000 kids, and it continues to decline. Since the 1980's, EPA and its federal partners have phased out lead in gasoline, reduced lead in drinking water, reduced lead in industrial air pollution, and banned or limited lead used in consumer products, including residential paint.

The EPA and other regulatory agencies promulgate and frequently revise regulations regarding lead based hazards. Recently enacted local laws in New York City place increased requirements on building owners' responsibilities to ensure tenant spaces are free of lead paint hazards.

Testing Mechanics Corp. has fulfilled the requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 402(a)(1), and has received certification to conduct lead-based paint activities pursuant to 40 CFR Part 745.226.

Testing Mechanics Corp. can provide experienced inspection, state of the art equipment and risk assessment services to assist you with regulatory compliance, identification of exposure risks and remedial oversight and testing.