Homes built before 1978, may contain lead-based paint. Restoration, remodeling, or demolition of these homes can create lead dust which can be inhaled or eaten. Homes not having restoration, remodeling or demolition can contain peeling, chipping, or cracking lead-based paint.
Depending on the level of exposure, lead can cause damage to the nervous system including, headaches, high blood pressure, digestive problems or muscle and joint disorders.
X factor: The X factor is the human body. Every person’s body responds to substances, uniquely. Therefore, while exposure to lead can cause any number of symptoms, it is best to consult your physician if you suspect you have been exposed.
Colorado law regarding Lead
Contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for current laws/regulations regarding lead testing and abatement.
CDPHE outlines the laws/regulations regarding the importance of lead testing
Lead can be found in paint, dust or soil and is potentially dangerous because it can enter the body through ingestion or inhalation. To avoid the health risks associated with lead poisoning, it’s important to have your home or business tested by a licensed, professional lead testing company to determine if your property contains risk.
Lead inspections identify lead in materials including paint and finished surfaces.
If lead is detected, and depending on what you plan to do with the contaminated materials, a lead abatement protocol may be required to ensure all of the affected areas are identified and removed properly. The lead protocol details the proper handling of the materials in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA).
Understanding local, State and federal regulations is necessary to protect property owners and workers from unnecessary liability.
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