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    Lead-Based Paint (LBP) has been used on building components for centuries.  Due to the lead in LBP it is very durable and resistant to weathering. LBP has been applied to high traffic and high contact surfaces inside and outside buildings. Lead can cause serious health effects if ingested. Due to the tendency of young children to put fingers, toys, etc. in their mouths, they are particularly at risk of exposure if lead coatings are present. 

    Lead is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined and added to paint coatings because of its strength and durability.  If the lead particles within a coating are stable and are not being released into the environment, then there is little risk of being exposed. The coatings must not be disturbed, otherwise the risk of contaminating the environment increases.

    Appropriate methods for handling environmental hazards such as LBP have been developed in recent years.  The use of Engineering Controls allows the repair and removal of lead without the risks.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and State regulations specify appropriate work procedures for work with LBP.

    The regulations spell out specific training requirements for individuals and companies that perform lead-related work. Certification and licensing requirements must be met before such work can be undertaken.

    Testing and monitoring are also required by the regulations. These ensure that proper response actions are used, and that buildings and the environment are not contaminated as a result of work involving lead-based paint.

    FERN Environmental LLC personnel are properly certified and licensed and are capable of providing guidance and testing to comply with State and Federal regulatory requirements.  We strive to provide practical, cost-effective solutions to environmental challenges, and ensure that work methods are designed to protect the environment.