Category: Lead-based Paint

Oct. 24-30 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which was launched to spread awareness of the dangers of lead exposure and ways to maximize prevention. In construction and development, lead can be found in a variety of building materials and is especially prevalent in older buildings and structures. Additionally, lead exposure can be detrimental to people’s health, especially among young children. According to the Mayo Clin... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Oct 1
We previously discussed several times that before you renovate or demolish a building, you need to test for asbestos. Asbestos, when disturbed, can release fibers that are small enough to lodge in our lungs and cause diseases like cancer and mesothelioma. But asbestos is not the only health hazard that needs to be considered during a renovation or demolition. Like asbestos, exposure to lead can cause chronic health problems, which is why both the EPA and OSHA regulate lead. While these regu... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at May 20
In June 2019, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced stricter guidelines regarding dust on floors and window sills. The standards were established as part of EPA's efforts to reduce childhood lead exposure.  Researchers found that lead-contaminated dust from chipped or peeling paint is one of the most common causes of elevated blood levels in children. In 2001, the EPA set standards for lead-contaminated dust in housing.... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jul 17
Even though several regulations are in place to prevent lead from entering our water, ground and air, there are still countless reported incidents of disability and even death from lead exposure and contamination. In 2016, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimated that lead exposure accounted for 540,000 deaths and contributes to more than 600,000 reported cases of disability among children worldwide. In honor of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, we’d like ... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Oct 15
Recently, Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s fan favorite “Fixer Upper” were fined by the Environmental Protection Agency for inadequate removal of lead paint surfaces during select home renovations. Due to lack of knowledge, this scenario is extremely common in construction and demolition. Lead is difficult to spot and can be found in all parts of our environment - in the air, soil, water and inside our home, mostly in older paints. As Memphis continues to grow, contract... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jul 2
Those who have lived in Memphis their entire lives might be accustomed to seeing abandoned commercial buildings, boarded-up homes and dilapidated storefronts. However, they might not realize the effect that this issue, known as blight, has on their lives. “Memphis is among places where the culture of blight has deep roots,” said Joe Schilling, a nationally renowned blight expert with the Urban Institute. “People have become numb to seeing blighted properties, an... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Apr 4
Recent settlements Lead dust and debris from renovation is a top cause of lead exposure in homes and commercial buildings that were built prior to 1978. Thirty million homes throughout the U.S. still contain lead-based paint, and it is vital to remove this threat as it can result in numerous health issues, especially in children, if inhaled or ingested. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency announced new actions to protect U.S. citizens from lead poisoning in older homes... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Nov 25
LEAD-BASED PAINT EVALUATION SERVICES Did you know that Tioga has been providing lead-based paint evaluation services as a sub-consultant in support of the Department of Housing and Urban Development-owned single family properties? These properties are located throughout the United States on homes built prior to 1978 that are to be sold with FHA-guaranteed mortgages. In fact, Tioga has been providing services for these properties in all of Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky for more t... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at May 20
Corporate-wide Settlement with Lowe’s Protects Public from Lead Pollution During Home Renovations WASHINGTON – Lowe’s Home Centers, one of the nation’s largest home improvement retailers, has agreed to implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide compliance program at its over 1,700 stores nationwide to ensure that the contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the federal Lead Renovation, Repair, and Pa... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Apr 17