Lead Inspections

Alchemy Lead Management offers customized lead inspection services to property owners, managers, realtors, environmental consulting firms and federal programs throughout the State of New Hampshire. We provide a comprehensive, customized and specialized inspection service that sets us apart from our competitors.

 

So what exactly is a Lead Inspection?

According to New Hampshire RSA 130:A and He-P 1600, a Lead Inspection is defined as an investigation to determine the presence of lead-based paint and the provision of a report explaining the results of the investigation. A Lead Inspection is designed to locate lead-based paint in buildings, apartments and homes and determine the lead level content in that paint. Only a state licensed Lead Inspector or Risk Assessor can conduct a Lead Inspection. The inspection starts with a thorough and detailed inspection of all painted building components in every room of the building. This includes testing of walls, floors, ceilings, doors, casings, windows, baseboards, closets, cabinets and many other surfaces. Some components have many sub-components, like windows, which require as many as 16 readings for that single component. Alchemy Lead Management uses an RMD LPA-1 X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) lead paint analyzer. An XRF is used because of its consistent abilities to accurately determine the amount of lead that is present without disturbing the painted surfaces as well as its high speed.

 

So why is the amount of lead in a painted surface important?

Essentially, the lead level of any painted surface determines whether that component can be defined as a lead based substance. According to New Hampshire RSA 130:A1 XI. “Lead base substance” means when present in a dried film of paint or other coating. The presence of lead equal to or greater than 1.0 milligram of lead per square centimeter of surface area as measured on site by a portable x-ray fluorescence analyzer; Further limits then apply to soils and surface dust. The importance of this definition is quite apparent, a component may have a lead content, but it may be below the regulatory level of 1mg per square cm. The importance of an accurate and detailed report is fairly evident. It may surprise you to know that paint still sold today may have a lead content, but it is below the 1977 Lead Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act regulation which set the maximum allowable level at 0.06% (or 600 parts per million).

 

A final inspection report will identify all lead-based paint found during the inspection, with a detailed presentation of the actual lead levels encountered. The report consists of a schematic diagram indicating each room and the components tested for that area. A detailed and accurate report helps you to make an informed decision on how to deal with lead-based paint in your building. The Lead Inspection report will not assist in deciding whether the building is lead-safe or lead-free. Only a Risk Assessment report compiled by a state certified Risk Assessor can determine if a building or housing unit is lead-safe or not.

 

Alchemy Lead Management utilizes stringent testing protocols which are based upon the rules and guidelines formulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Guidelines (revised 2012), New Hampshire Title X, Public Health, RSA 130-A, Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention and Control and New Hampshire Chapter He-P 1600 – Lead Poisoning Prevention And Control Rules. In addition, Alchemy Lead Management adheres to sampling methodologies detailed in:

  • HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing.
  • EPA Guidance on Residential Lead-Based Paint, Lead-Contaminated Dust, and Lead-Contaminated Soil.
  • EPA Residential Sampling for Lead: Protocols for Dust and Soil Sampling.
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard Practices for Field Collection of Soil Samples for Lead Determination by Atomic Spectrometer Techniques.
  • ASTM Standard Practices for Field Collection of Settled Dust Samples Using Wipe Sampling Methods for Lead Determination by Atomic Spectrometer Techniques.

 

Alchemy Lead Management also has access to a developed external network of Master Lead Inspectors and Risk Assessors to service your lead-based paint needs. We pride ourselves on offering all clients a complete turnkey solution on any project, regardless of size. Inspections can be scheduled on short notice while providing a quick turn-around time for the completion of the inspection report.