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Lead Paint Inspection and Risk Assessment

Our highly qualified industrial hygiene professionals work to ensure safety and compliance at commercial and multi-family properties.

Partner offers lead-based paint inspections and testing nationwide on all type of commercial and multifamily real estate. Our team of certified professionals stays current with state, local, and federal regulations and certifications requirements. Our professionals across the country have broad certifications including EPA Certified Lead-Based Paint Inspector, EPA Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessor, and EPA Lead-Based Project Monitor, as well as state and local certifications.

When is Lead-Based Paint Testing Needed?

Lead-based paint inspection and testing is commonly required as part of due diligence during multifamily and commercial real estate transactions, as well as prior to demolition or renovation of buildings.

Buildings constructed prior to 1978 are at risk of containing lead-based paint. It is prudent to obtain an LBP inspection at these facilities when peeling or damaged paint is identified, or when these facilities are occupied by children as they are the most sensitive to lead poisoning by ingestion. Many lenders require this as part of their due diligence, including for Housing and Urban Development financing and SBA financing in some cases.

Renovation and demolition activities may also disturb lead-based paint or generate lead-based paint dust, so lead-based paint sampling prior to these activities is important.

Types of Lead-Based Paint Inspections and Testing

Lead-based paint testing is generally tailored to the building characteristics and the client’s needs, but below are some common types of inspections and testing.

Lead-Based Paint Inspection – XRF testing eliminates the need for laboratory analysis, provides direct reading results on site, and avoids the potential generation of lead dust.

Paint chip testing gives definitive results acceptable to OSHA and allows for confirmation of anomalous XRF readings.

Swab testing is available to test for potential lead dust. This is typically required on HUD inspections of buildings constructed prior to 1960.

Lead Risk Assessment -Usually entails a comprehensive evaluation of potential lead hazards, including lead-based paint, lead dust, lead in water, and/or lead in soil.

Lead Clearance Inspection-Clearance on all projects involving abatement (as defined by EPA) must be done by a certified risk assessor or a certified lead-based paint inspector. Clearance refers generally to combined visual and quantitative environmental evaluation procedures used to determine that no lead-based paint hazards remain in the area being cleared after lead hazard controls or paint-disturbing renovation or maintenance have been done.

Partner also provides services to assist with lead-based paint removal, including contractor oversight and air monitoring.