Lead is a metal obtained from mining lead ore, which is used in a number of forms including pure metal, alloys (mixtures of metals) and as lead compounds. It has many uses including vehicle batteries, solder, paint pigments, as a stabiliser to protect plastic from sun damage and use to be used in fuels for cars and industry.
Lead can be inhaled through dust or fumes or swallowed through eating contaminated food or smoking with contaminated fingers. Untreated lead poisoning in adults, children and pets can be fatal. Often pets are the first to show signs of lead poisoning.
Common symptoms of lead poisoning are:
Continued exposure or high levels of exposure can cause:
Lead paint inspections by Envirox Consulting
If you are worried that your house contains lead paint then rather than risk the exposure engage EnviroX consulting to conduct an inspection to determine if the paint contains lead. During the inspection EnviroX will collect samples from the areas of concern (may be entire house or building) and create a report with conclusions and recommendations for the management of the lead paint contaminants within your home.
Lead dust inspection
When lead was used in industry and fuels there was a large concentrations of lead within the atmosphere. Over many years this lead has settled and the most common place for the lead dust to settle without being cleaned for many years is ceiling spaces. High lead dust concentrations are common within houses or buildings that are over 30 years old, especially if the ceiling space has not been disturbed for the entire time.
A lead dust inspection will comprise of an Occupational Hygienist attending the site and collecting a sample (multiple is required) to determine if there are elevated lead dust concentrations. Most common place for the inspection to occur is ceiling spaces however it is not limited to only this area. Once the sample/s has been analysed a report will be created stating recommendations and conclusions of the subject area.
Lead removalists can be engaged through EnviroX as this will ensure that they have all the appropriate licenses, cost effective and high quality of work.