NorthStar performs x-ray fluorescence (XRF) testing that provides immediate real-time results of lead in paint. Additional paint chip sampling can be performed as necessary. Reports include testing results, a summary of lead painted areas, areas of noticeable deterioration and a recommended course of action. NorthStar conducts lead paint inspections throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest.
The federal government, State of Wisconsin, and OSHA all have regulations in regards to lead-based paint and protecting the safety of building occupants and/or construction workers who may be impacted by lead dust exposure. For all properties built before 1978, the EPA through HUD recommends that all residential houses and other “child-occupied facilities” be assumed to contain lead-based paint. In addition, many manufacturing and industrial facilities contain even more areas of lead-based paint than their residential counterparts. Use of lead in these areas extends beyond 1978.
The driving force behind the regulations is that Lead Paint is Poisonous. As the paint ages, it can deteriorate by peeling and chipping, and thus cause lead dust. This lead dust can then be swallowed or inhaled. Construction or renovation activities may create even higher exposures to lead dust for workers and other building occupants.