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Why do we still have issues with lead poisoning?

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Why do we still have issues with lead poisoning?

The Reuters news agency reported in December that nearly 3,000 areas in the United States recorded lead poisoning rates that were at least double those found in Flint, Michigan during the height of the lead poisoning crisis caused by tainted water.

 

Why in today’s world are we still having issues with lead poisoning? The reduction of lead emissions in gasoline was a relief. But, antiquated lead water pipes and peeling lead-based paint from older homes and buildings remain at the root of today’s lead problem.

 

Children are at the highest risk. Their developing bodies crave calcium and can mistakenly absorb lead into their bones instead. Children who test for lead exposure levels above the CDC’s 5 microgram standard are considered at risk. The CDC estimates, nationwide, 2.5 percent of small children have elevated levels of lead in their bloodstream. Lead can cause irreparable brain damage, harm the nervous system, and cause cognitive impairment in children. In adults, lead can raise the risk of high blood pressure and cause kidney damage.

 

Guides on how to properly test and repair building components covered in lead-based paint can be found at:

 

 

For more information, visit our Lead Services page or call Baxter Group, Inc. at 717-263- 7341.

DID YOU KNOW?

Baxter Group, Inc. can employ an XRF analyzer (a non-destructive analytical technique used to determine the elemental composition of materials) to provide lead-based paint inspections. An XRF analyzer provides fast, non-destructive analysis of painted building components and reports results immediately, so project managers can determine the next course of action.

Spring Maintenance Checklist

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 Spring Maintenance Checklist

For facilities managers and homeowners alike, Spring starts with cleanup. Some tips to remember while performing Spring maintenance and cleanup:

 

  • Reduce your chance of being exposed to contaminants through proper use of personal protection equipment,
  • Minimize the use of chemicals that leave residual compounds and could impact building occupants,
  • Increase ventilation before, during, and immediately after cleaning, and
  • Be alert to signs of inadequate ventilation, evidence of water intrusions or moisture marks, and evidence of mold growth.

 

A good Spring Maintenance Checklist includes the following:

 

  • Gutters and downspouts are draining water away from the buildings
  • Gutters and downspouts are debris-free
  • Trip and fall hazards are removed
  • Choking hazards are eliminated
  • Sharp edge hazards are addressed
  • Fencing is secure around pools or trenches
  • Rodent infestations are addressed
  • Window wells are debris-free
  • Exterior drains are debris-free
  • Interior drains are debris-free
  • Puddling inside or outside is addressed
  • Sump pumps are tested and properly working
  • Dehumidifiers are tested and properly working
    • Set at 45% humidity
    • Filters clean
    • Draining properly
  • Roof shingles and flashing are intact
  • Chimney and chimney flashing are intact
  • Attic vents are clear of congestion
  • All painted surfaces, inside and outside, are intact
  • Flashing below windows and doors are intact
  • No broken or cracked glass in windows
  • No leaks around windows and doors
  • Dryer vents are clean
  • Exhaust ducts are clear
  • Any evidence of water or moisture damage is addressed
  • Washer and dishwasher hoses and connections are secure
  • No evidence of water pipe leaks
  • Refrigerator drip pan is clean
  • No damage around sinks, showers, or tubs
    • Sink, tub, and shower are drains operating effectively
  • Hot water heater and boiler have no leaks
  • Septic tanks are not full
  • Bath and kitchen exhaust fans are operational
  • All exhaust and HVAC filters are clean and operational
  • All electric cords are intact
    • Ground fault interrupters are operating properly
  • Smoke and CO alarms are charged and operating properly
  • Insulation in attics and crawlspaces are intact
  • Radon manometer is reading appropriately
    • Proper radon measurement taken (every two years)

 

Spring and Summer become so much more enjoyable when maintenance has been performed and major catastrophes prevented. Once all these items are checked, follow up with projects to maintain the property or get it up to “snuff”.

Breathable Poison

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Sanding is a common way of removing old finishes and, according to Better Homes & Gardens magazine – 2017, will move to dark harmonizing colors. So that creamy white cabinetry might be getting a new look. Unfortunately, if a house or facility was built before 1978, there’s a good chance it has lead-based paint. Homes built before 1940 are 87% more likely to contain lead-based paint. Between 1949-1959: 69%, and between 1960-1977: 24%. In 1978, the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint.

And so the problem lies with the sanding. Lead-based paint is a hazard on any surface, but it becomes inhaled as a poisonous dust. The toxic dust is created when disturbing lead-based paint during renovations and simple repairs, such as sanding, cutting, replacing windows, and more. Lead can damage the nervous system and cause brain disorders.  Excessive lead can also cause blood disorders and is a potent neurotoxin that accumulates both in soft tissues and in the bones. While lead is poisonous to both adults and children, it’s especially dangerous to children under the age of six, including growing fetuses. Their growing bodies absorb more lead.

Having non-destructive paint inspections will identify any lead-based paint, giving peace of mind before any renovations. When renovating lead-based painted furniture or building components, it is important to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

For more information, visit our Lead Services page or call Baxter Group, Inc. at 717-263- 7341.

Baxter Group, Inc. Educational Programs

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Bring awareness to your company, safety team, or organization on topics surrounding healthy indoor environments. Baxter Group, Inc. will come to you! Learn about healthy environmental living and the know-how to stay healthy at home and in the office. Our professionals provide various educational programs on safety topics, specific contaminant topics, and many more. All programs can all be tailored specifically to meet your group’s needs.

Topics include:

  • Healthy Homes
  • Healthy Buildings
  • Asbestos
  • Lead-Based Paint
  • Mold
  • Radon
  • HVAC Contamination
  • Indoor Environmental Quality

Education can include:

  • Identification
  • Health Effects
  • Hazards
  • Safety Precautions
  • How to Remedy

These programs are perfect for safety tailgate meetings, employee training sessions, group presentations, auxiliary and business meetings, PTA, and more. Any groups interested in healthy environments to live in and work in will be inspired.

Baxter Group, Inc. has already been given the opportunity to provide these services to some organizations, including Brechbill and Helman, Associated Builders and Contractors, Wilson College Facilities Department, and real estate agencies.

Contact the office today at 717-263-7341, or fill out our contact form.

Did You Know?

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Baxter Group, Inc. has a SUPER TRAC V ROBOTIC SYSTEM.  This piece of equipment can show us the existing condition of an HVAC System, creating a DVD of the inspection when connected to a laptop.  This is a great tool to document inspections.  It can also be used to document suspicious areas that a human cannot enter.

Baxter Group, Inc. has an X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer.  The XRF can analyze painted components for lead without being destructive to the building component.  No more scratching the paint for lead chip samples.

Baxter Group, Inc. has a Vacuum Test Kit.  Precision sampling filters allow for objective measurements of duct on duct surfaces to objectively assess whether a system needs cleaning.

Save Time and Energy! Try Paint Stripping!

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Baxter Group, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Shannon Murray to Manager of their new paint stripping facility.  Shannon has been a member of the Baxter Group, Inc. team since mid-2013.  Over time she has worked as a certified mold remediation worker, lead paint renovation worker, and licensed asbestos abatement supervisor.  In 2014, she was promoted to Mold Remediation Foreman.

 

“Shannon’s exemplary attention to detail, her ability to work well with clients and her team, her ability to bounce back from tough situations, and her efforts in establishing the paint stripping facility made her a perfect fit for this new position,” said Jocelyne Melton President and CEO of Baxter Group, Inc.

 

Shannon was inspired with the concept of a paint stripping facility while Baxter Group, Inc. was assisting a local couple with renovations of their home.  “The couple had beautiful antique doors and wooden components throughout their home covered in lead-based paint.  The couple commented that they wish we had the ability to dip strip building components.  I said something to Jocelyne and we decided to run with the idea, installing a BENCO Paint Stripping System, which is a step up from dip stripping.  Now a client will be able to bring painted components or furniture to our facility and within just a few hours we can provide for them a paint-free building component or furniture.  It will save our clients time and money,” Shannon commented.

Protect Your Family From Lead Poisoning

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If your property was built before 1978, there is a possibility that the paint contains high levels of lead.  When lead-based paint begins to deteriorate into dust or chips, it becomes a serious health hazard, especially to children.

 

Having a paint inspection will tell you whether or not your building has lead-based paint and where it is located.  If your building has lead-based paint, it becomes very crucial to maintain these painted surfaces.  To protect your family, follow these simple recommendations:

  • Maintain in good condition, repair or replace any lead-based painted areas.
  • Clean up paint dust or chips immediately.
  • Clean floors, window frames, window sills, and other surfaces at least weekly.  If young children inhabit this area, clean daily.
  • Thoroughly rinse sponges, mop heads and rags after cleaning.
  • Wash children’s hands often and especially before they eat.
  • Keep play areas clean.
  • Keep children from chewing painted surfaces.
  • Clean or remove shoes to avoid tracking lead dust.

Protect Family From Lead

For more information, click here to visit the EPA’s Lead Website.