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Public Health & Safety, Inc. has been providing lead testing consulting services since 1991. Public Health & Safety, Inc. performs asbestos testing, lead testing and oversight services for clients in residential, commercial, industrial, educational and government sectors. The history of lead use has roots in antiquity as described in this video. There is no doubt that Lead is a silent grey killer. In the United States there are three strategies in dealing with childhood lead poisoning: Primary Prevention, Secondary Prevention and Tertiary Prevention.
Since April 22, 2010, US EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule is considered as Primary Prevention. In Illinois when a child is lead poisoned lead-based paint (LBP) abatement is conducted by IDPH licensed contractors per as required by the Illinois Lead Poising Prevention Code is Secondary Prevention. When a a child is lead poisoned and requires medical treatment such as chelation therapy this is known as Tertiary Prevention.
RRP Lead Safe Renovator’s Certified Paint Testing in Illinois:
Certain construction activities in targeted housing and child occupied facilities are regulated under the US EPA Renovation Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. The RRP rule requires that any painted surface to be disturbed is either presumed to contain lead-based paint or tested for the presence of lead. In Illinois, IDPH recognizes testing conducted by Licensed Lead-Based Paint Inspectors or Risk Assessors. Paint testing by Certified Renovators using EPA Approved Lead Testing Kits is not recognized and is not advisable in Illinois. Download forms by going to RRPRENO our resource site.
Paint Inspection/Testing in Illinois
Inspection services are conducted per EPA/HUD protocol, specifically referenced in Chapter 7, HUD Guidelines, Rev. 2012. If lead-based paint is found by a Licensed Inspector or Risk Assessor, the the owner may choose to have a lead-based paint specification written by a Licensed Inspector or Risk Assessor for the Hazard Control work. An IDPH-licensed Lead Abatement Contractor must do the Hazard Control work. Per USEAP, paint testing is defined by the scope of work of the renovation or demolition activity.
Risk Assessment in Illinois
Risk Assessment services are conducted per EPA/HUD protocol specifically referenced in Chapter 5, HUD Guidelines, 1995. If lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards are found during a Risk Assessment by a Licensed Inspector or Risk Assessor, then an IDPH-Licensed Lead Abatement Contractor must do the Hazard Control work.
A risk assessment may be required during certain renovation projects receiving federal funding in excess of $5000 per unit. The difference between an Inspection and a Risk Assessment is that a Risk Assessment aims to identify lead hazards and provides treatment options, while an Inspection only identifies the presence or absence of lead-based paint when planning renovation or abatement work scopes.
On certain lead-based paint jobs, IDPH may grant a waiver to an RRP-Certified contractor to do remediation work that does not disturb lead-based paint above HUD de-minimus levels. This is possible only if PHSI (or another EPA-Certified Evaluation/RRP-Certified Firm) performs the on-site daily observation of all work. In this scenario PHSI provides an observer who is an IDPH licensed Supervisor, Risk Assessor, Asbestos Project Manager/Air Sampler, and a Certified Renovator under the USEPA RRP rule. Visual lead examinations and final clearances by an Observer will be performed subsequent to a contractors cleaning verification process.