Dear friends and customers:
Ghaster Painting & Coatings is Now an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm. To protect against the risk of lead poisoning, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
*Why Do You Need to Be Concerned About Lead?
Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk, more than adults.
EPA requires individuals conducting lead-based paint activities in target housing and child-occupied facilities to be trained and certified. Ghaster Painting and Coatings Inc. are now accredited to ensure quality, and certified individuals must follow specific work practices ensuring that lead hazards are addressed.
*Health effects of lead
Lead poisoning remains a major environmental health problem in the United States. People can get lead in their body if they: put their hands or other objects covered with lead dust in their mouths, eat paint chips or soil that contains lead, breathe in lead dust, especially during renovations that disturb painted surfaces.
Lead is more dangerous to children because: Babies and young children often put their hands and other objects in their mouths. These objects can have lead dust on them; children's growing bodies absorb more lead; children's brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.
If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from: Damage to the brain and nervous system. Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity, Slowed growth, Hearing problems, Headaches.
Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults can suffer from: Reproductive problems (in both men and women). High blood pressure and hypertension, Nerve disorders, Memory and concentration problems, Muscle and joint pain.
*Most Common Sources of Lead Poisoning:
In general, the older your home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier. Lead can be found: In homes in the city, country, or suburbs; in apartments, single-family homes, and both private and public housing; inside and outside of the house.
Lead from paint chips, which you can see, and lead dust, which you can't always see, can be serious hazards. Peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention. Lead-based paint may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear. These areas include: Windows and window sills, Doors and door frames, Stairs, railings, and banisters. Porches and fences.
Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when people vacuum, sweep or walk through it.
As of April 22, 2010, federal law requires that renovation firms be certified under EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. Individuals be trained in lead-safe work practices and Training providers be accredited by EPA. Contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures: Contain the work area. Minimize dust. Clean up thoroughly.
You can rest assured that, as a Certified EPA Lead-Safe firm, Ghaster Painting & Coatings will follow every single work practices as specified by the rule to ensure that all potential lead hazards are addressed. It is part of our continuous commitment and dedication to you, our customers and friends.
Brad A. Ghaster
Ghaster Painting & Coatings
*Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)