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What is Lead Abatement?
 
The process of safely reducing lead paint hazards. Lead Abatement refers to the complete containment of an area containing lead based paint. If containment is done improperly air particles can escape putting all workers at risk. Preventing this from happening is a major priority when dealing with lead paint. Negative air pressure must be achieved (in the abatement area) as to prevent lead dust from escaping containment. Negative pressure is achieved by having a 100% air tight containment and using one or multiple Hepa-Aire Negative Air Machines.

 

Lead abatement includes: Removal of lead paint, complete encapsulation of lead based paint, removal of lead contaminated soil and all fixtures that come in contact with lead based paint or lead dust.

Lead based paint is paint containing a heavy metal (lead) which is added to the paint to speed up the drying process, helps increase durability, resist moisture and retain appearance.



The area of abatement must be sealed in full. One way this is done is by using:

Spray adhesive Very tacky, pressure-sensitive adhesive featuring a blue tint that helps you see where and how much adhesive is applied to a surface. Spray adhesive is used in conjunction with duct tape to join one or more pieces of orange poly.

Duct tape  Duct tape is strong,  and flexible with a long-lasting adhesive. Duct tape also resists weathering.

Orange Poly Tarps: Orange poly tarps are tough, low density polyethylene, laminated on both sides with high density polyethylene. The tarps are exceptionally strong, tear resistant and 100% water proof.



How do you remove lead paint?


By hiring professionals. Lead paint is extremely dangerous to adults, children and pets. Vancouver Mobile Sandblasting has the experience needed to remove lead paint from industrial surfaces. The pictures posted on the side of this column were taken in Vancouver British Columbia. Allweld Sandblasters were hired to remove lead based paint from the interior surface of a local elementary school.


April 2010. The Environmental Protection Agency passed a law requiring the use of HEPA vacuums during renovations, repairs and paint work on pre 1978 homes. www.epa.gov/lead


The role of the HEPA vacuum is to provide the primary means of cleaning up lead based paint dust and debris. HEPA filters trap particles such as pollen, dust mites, feces and lead dust. For a HEPA filter to be effective, the vacuum must draw all air into the filter with no air leaking out. This is referred to as the "Sealed HEPA" or the "True HEPA".

All clothing worn during the sandblasting of lead paint (tivec suit, boots, gloves..) must be disposed of prior to leaving the abatement area.  Sandblasters are equipped with full showers when inside the lead abatement. Showering out is mandatory. All safety precautions and work procedures must be in place before work commences

Lead Paint Abatement is crucial and is the law. Sandblasters work on various surface when removinglead paint: walls, ceilings, floors, piping, industrial steel...

All  staff at Allweld Mobile Sandblasting have been certified and trained in lead based paint removal.

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