Risk Assessments

 

Risk Assessments

Alchemy Lead Management offers customized Lead Risk Assessments to property owners, managers, realtors, environmental consulting firms and federal programs throughout the State of New Hampshire.

So what exactly is a Risk Assessment?

According to New Hampshire RSA 130:A and He-P 1600, a Risk Assessment is defined as an on-site investigation to determine the existence, nature, severity, and location of lead-based paint hazards, and the provision of a report explaining the results of the investigation and options for reducing lead-based paint hazards. So, in addition to all the functions of a lead inspector, a Risk Assessor develops inspection protocols, interprets results of inspections and makes recommendations on hazard control options. This includes, preparing written lead exposure hazard reduction plans, issuing Certificates of Lead Free, Certificates of Lead Safe and Certificates of Compliance.

 

So how is a Risk Assessment performed?

According to New Hampshire He-P 1600, a Risk Assessment may only be performed by a State licensed risk assessor. The risk assessor collects building and usage background information and conducts a visual inspection to locate the existence of potential lead exposure hazards and assess the extent and causes of any deteriorated paint or lead exposure hazards. The risk assessor will test each potential lead exposure hazard for the presence of lead and will then collect and analyze Dust and Soil samples.

 

The risk assessor then prepares a risk assessment report detailing sampling and selection protocols, testing methods used and quality control procedures implemented. The report must include the background information collected and the results of any previous inspections or analyses for the presence of lead-based paint, or other lead exposure hazards.

 

The assessor then makes recommendations for follow-up assessments or any further action to be taken. Recommendations may include a description of interim controls or abatement options for each type of lead exposure hazard identified. If an encapsulate or enclosure is recommended, the report shall recommend a maintenance and monitoring schedule for that encapsulate or enclosure.

 

So what is a Lead Exposure Hazard Reduction Plan (LEHRP)?

In terms of RSA 130-A, the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services shall issue an order of lead hazard reduction when an investigation determines that a lead exposure hazard exists.  This exposure hazard may be determined to exist in a dwelling, building, and facility or in soil areas defined in the statute. When an order of lead hazard reduction has been issued, a LEHRP is required before any abatement or interim control work is performed. The LEHRPs shall be based upon a full inspection, risk assessment or the presumption that all painted surfaces contain lead-based substances and meet the definition of a lead exposure hazard due to its condition and location.

 

A written LEHRP must be prepared by a licensed risk assessor, licensed lead abatement contractor or qualified owner and must be developed in consultation with the owner of the dwelling under order. The LEHRP must contain the following:

 

  • Actions to be taken to abate (or manage by interim controls and in-place management) all lead exposure hazards identified in the full inspection;
  • Measures to be taken to ensure worker protection which shall include hazard recognition and control procedures;
  • Measures to be taken to ensure the protection of building occupants from exposure to any lead-based paint hazards by describing procedures that will be taken during all abatement, interim control, and in-place management activities; and
  • Measures to isolate and contain all abatement and interim control areas to prevent the release of lead-based substance

 

This summary is provided for reference and informational purposes only. Users are encouraged to view the entire legislation encompassed in New Hampshire Title X Statute and the State Rules.