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Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos and Lead

 

ASBESTOS

What do my Laboratory Results Mean?
Asbestos in Your Home The amount of asbestos seen by our analyst is shown in the "ASBESTOS" column of your report.
If that column indicates "None Detected," no asbestos was seen in the material submitted.
If there is result other than "None Detected," asbestos was seen in the material submitted. The amount shown in the column is a visual estimate of that percent.
For a more precise quantitation of the asbestos percent, further analysis is required at additional cost, and is important mainly for waste disposal issues.


If There is Just a Small Percent of Asbestos, Can we Remove it Ourselves?
What you CAN do in your own home and what is prudent are not the same when it comes to asbestos.
Asbestos fibers are microscopic. Once they are released they can become re-entrained in the air when disturbed. If they are vacuumed with a standard vacuum cleaner without a HEPA filter, they can be blown from area to area where that vacuum cleaner is used, thus spreading contamination.
We ALWAYS recommend using an asbestos abatement contractor appropriately licensed for your state to perform any work that disturbs asbestos. Asbestos abatement contractors are usually listed in the Yellow Pages of your phone book.


Is <1% Asbestos the Same as 10% Asbestos?
As far as the OSHA regulations requiring training for workers who will disturb the asbestos, the amount of asbestos is insignificant. ANY detectable asbestos requires OSHA training.
There are additional rules and regulations that are in effect for contractors when the amount of asbestos is greater than 1/10th%.
We ALWAYS recommend using an asbestos abatement contractor appropriately licensed for your state to perform any work that disturbs asbestos. Asbestos abatement contractors are usually listed in the Yellow Pages of your phone book.


We’ve Already Started to Scrape the Ceiling (cut the wall, etc.) and Now we Know it has Asbestos.
What do we do Now?

  • Seal off/isolate the room/area including shutting down the HVAC system.
  • Call an asbestos abatement contractor appropriately licensed for your state to install a “ negative pressure containment.” Trained (and licensed) personnel should wet wipe and HEPA vacuum all surfaces. Depending on the HVAC system and other factors, cleaning may extend beyond the room or area where the asbestos material was disturbed.
  • To ensure that airborne asbestos has been removed within published acceptable limits, you may want to call an asbestos consultant to perform Air Monitoring using TEM analysis (which is the type of analysis the EPA requires in schools). The “clearance” values should be equal to or less than the AHERA requirements of 70 asbestos structures/mm2 of sampled air. For this service you can call KELLCO or another consultant appropriately licensed for your state.

What are the hazards of asbestos?
Exposure to asbestos fibers has been linked to lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma and other illnesses. It seems to affect young children more readily than adults, and smokers are especially vulnerable to asbestos related diseases.


Where can I learn more?
KELLCO has links to many resources

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LEAD

What do my Laboratory Results Mean?
Look in the column that indicates "TOTAL LEAD." If the amount of shown is indicated with a "<" sign (less than), it means that no lead was detected at the sensitivity level of our testing instrument. Any other amount indicated means that lead was detected. Other columns on the same line provide additional information.


Where can I learn more about lead?
There are many good sources online.  A good place to start is http://www.dhs.ca.gov/childlead/
KELLCO has links to many other resources on our webpage: http://www.kellco.com/helpful/helpful_links.html


What are the hazards of lead?
Lead poisoning has been linked to many physical illnesses including anemia, loss of mental capacity, miscarriages, lethargy.


What levels of lead in the paint are considered hazardous?
The question is not so much the level of lead in the paint as the accessibility and condition of it.  Intact lead paint, particularly if it is covered with non-lead paint, may not present an imminent hazard unless disturbed.  Paint with low levels of lead can be very hazardous if it is chipping or peeling, if it is sanded, abraded or otherwise disturbed.
OSHA requires training for workers who will disturb or encounter ANY levels of lead.


How do I Take Care of Lead Paint in my Home?
If the paint is chipping and/or peeling it should be handled by an abatement contractor licensed appropriately for your state.
If the paint is intact, with no chipping or peeling and is NOT the top layer (i.e., there are other paint layers on top of it), the surface layer can be wet-wiped.  Once the top layer is disturbed (scraped, sanded, chipped, etc.) the risk of exposure to the lead paint below increases.
The HUD guidelines give some idea of the types of jobs that are considered “low” versus “high” risk in Chapter 17 of the HUD guidelines. 
http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/guidelines/hudguidelines/index.cfm The chart on page 17-6 may help you determine the relative risk of the job you are considering.

Rule of thumb:  If the lead paint is chipping and/or peeling or if it will be disturbed, dislodged or damaged during your activities, the most prudent action is to call an abatement contractor appropriately licensed for your state.