DS Consutling, Inc. provides a full spectrum of lead consulting services:
As of April 22, 2010, the EPA has instituted new guidelines and regulations for the renovation and/or remodel of homes built prior to 1978, the year that the manufacturing of lead-based paint was prohibited. If lead is present wtihin paint on building components above Colorado's action level, any activity impacting these components must be conducted using "lead safe" work practices and RRP (Renovation, Repair, and Painting) Certified contractors. To determine if lead-based paint is present, an inspection must be conducted by a State of Colorado certified lead-based paint inspector.
An inspection must occur if more than six square feet of interior surfaces or twenty square feet of exterior surfaces will be disturbed, or ANY window is being replaced.
Most all contractors, and any window contractor, working in homes built before 1978 containing lead-based paint must be "certified" to do so and must employ "certified" workers per the new regulations.
Information on this program and its regulations can be found at:
For large projects, DS Consulting, Inc. uses XRF Spectrum Analyzers to determine the amount of lead in a painted surface. The XRF analyzer provides readings in 2-6 seconds without disturbing or damaging existing surfaces, resulting in time savings and reduced inspection fees.
To assist building owners/managers and contractors with compliance of the OSHA Lead in Construction Standard (29 CFR Part 1926.62)., DS Consulting, Inc. prepares specifications for safe work and abatement practices to be followed by building maintenance workers and/or contractors for demolition, painting, and renovation projects.
During construction and abatement projects, DS Consulting, Inc. performs containment inspections, worker protection procedures review, personnel monitoring, and performs visual inspections and wipe testing at the completion of the project to verify that abatement areas are safe for re-occupancy.
State and federal regulations hold building owners and employers responsible for protecting employees, occupants, and outside contractors from exposure to lead. DS Constulting, Inc. helps clients comply with these regulations by conducting site inspections and providing comprehensive assessment reports.
Every aspect of the project is closely managed including, collection and analysis of samples, containment inspections, pressure differential monitoring, and clearance visual inspections.
In September 2000, Title X Federal lesiglation (24 CFR Part 35) became effective which revised the 1996 Title X Federal legislation to not only be applicable to "child occupied" facilities but to include all federally funded facilities. This requires that the building owner comply with the new legislation while using any HUD monies on the property or the money will have to be paid back to HUD.
This also requires (among other things) that prospective home purchasers be made aware of the possibility of lead-based paint in houses built prior to 1978. It is merely a disclosure law focusing on target buildings. The seller must disclose whether he or she knows of the presence of lead-based paint. Testing is left up to the potential buyers option. According to this law, the presence of any lead-based paint in a building does not require that any remedial action be taken. Current guidelines generally suggest that intact lead paint be left alone unless there are elevated levels of lead in the blood or another critical risk factor.
Lead-based paint becomes a problem if lead-based paint chips or dust is ingested (via eating) or inhaled (via breathing). This causes an increased level of lead in the bloodstream, which has many serious health effects. These effects are generally more serious in younger children including impaired hearing, reading and learning disabilities, and seizures, among other things. Health effects for adults include impaired blood formation, reproductive concerns like impotence, premature birthrates, lower birth weights, and behavioral abnormalities. Doctors often test lead levels in blood for children under the age of six. Only if these test results are high is any action mandated by local health departments.