Lead-based Paint Abatement Services

Southwest HAZARD CONTROL, INC. has been on the leading edge of lead abatement issues and procedures, performing our first lead abatement project in 1991.  Since then, SHC has performed approximately $2 million worth of lead abatement projects for clients including Sandia National Laboratories, the General Services Administration, Artisoft and Fort Huachuca.

All lead removal work is performed with trained supervisors and technicians in order to prevent lead exposure to workers and occupants of buildings.  We use various procedures to abate Lead Based Paint (LBP), depending on the substrate and location, and thickness of the paint.   SHC also has an encasement procedure whereby an elastomeric coating is applied over the LBP, which prohibits it from contaminating the environment.  Protection for 20 years is warranted.

Regulatory Background

Southwest Hazard Control, INC. complies with all current applicable federal, state and local regulations, codes and specifications including the following (State and local regulations will vary):

§         OSHA General Industrial Safety and Health Standards (29 CFR 1910.1025 and 1926.62)

§         Title X, EPA – HUD Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act (40 CFR Part 745 Subparts L & Q, Federal Register August 29, 1996)

§         EPA Regulations for Identifying Hazardous Waste 40 CFR 261

Abatement Practices

SHC furnishes all labor, materials, employee training, pollution, general liability, Errors and Omissions insurance coverage, expertise, and equipment necessary to carry out the specified lead abatement.  SHC will also secure all required permits including any necessary state, regional and local licenses.

Qualification Submittals

For each project SHC submits the following materials in order to establish our competency and capability to perform the specified work:

§         Educational qualifications and other background information that attest to the ability of SHC and its staff to competently complete the lead abatement tasks in question.

§         Proof that all samples will be analyzed in a qualified laboratory.

§         Proof that all workers have been trained in a lead training course and that all site supervisors have attended an approved abatement supervisory training course appropriate for the specific job.

§         Proof that all workers have had medical examinations as required by OSHA.

§         The name of the landfill that will be used for lead disposal and assurance that all regulations/laws pertaining to such disposal will be met in the form of a disposal manifest signed by the owner, transporter and landfill operator.

§         Evidence of legitimate pollution and general liability insurance coverage, workman’s compensation insurance and vehicle insurance.

§         When required by the client, an industrial hygienist will be provided to oversee the implementation of all aspects of safety and health procedures.

Hazard Communication Standards

SHC maintains a written hazard communication program for the work place.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are prepared, explained and distributed to employees and employers.

Pre-construction Meeting

Prior to the beginning of actual removal activities, a pre-construction meeting is held between the owner (consultant) and SHC.  SHC will present a written description of the following:

§         Removal plans, which include decontamination facilities and their location, work area isolation and containment plans and safety procedures.

§         A description of protective clothing and approved respirators that will be used.

§         A description of removal, clean-up, and waste disposal procedures and an explanation of decontamination procedures.

Warning Signs, Labels and Posters

OSHA and/or EPA required warning signs are posted around the workplace and at every potential entry to the work area.

OSHA, DOT and/or EPA labels are secured to bags, drums or other containers utilized to transport contaminated material to the approved disposal site.

Other signs, labels, warnings, and posted instructions are provided in order to protect, inform, and warn of the hazard of exposure.

Protective Equipment

Workers are required to wear and maintain personal protective equipment (PPE) as directed by site supervisor when working within any zone of contamination.

Protective equipment is inspected thoroughly before each use and defective equipment is replaced immediately.

Proper decontamination procedures are followed after exposure to hazardous wastes.

Safe Work Practices

All workers, foremen, superintendents, authorized visitors, and inspectors are supplied with appropriate respiratory equipment for the type of work being performed and the anticipated exposure levels defined by 29 CFR 1910 and 1926.

Workers wear appropriate protective equipment and clothing prior to entering the work area.

Weekly meetings are held at each job site to discuss accident prevention.  Subjects will include safe use of electricity, water, scaffolding, hoses, lighting, etc. Daily tailgate meetings are also held to discuss hazards specific to current job sites.

Emergency and fire exits are established for each work area and SHC will be prepared to administer first aid to injured personnel.  Seriously injured personnel will be treated immediately or evacuated without delay for decontamination.  Emergency evacuation due to injury or safety will be performed in a manner that minimizes exposure and contamination.

Transportation and Disposal of Lead Waste

All lead waste shipments are accompanied by a manifest or bill of lading.

Transportation to the disposal facility is provided by an EPA permitted and fully insured transporter.  This transporter is certified in all applicable EPA, RCRA, OSHA, and DOT regulations regarding hazardous waste transportation.  EPA Hazardous material management (29 CFR SEC 1910.120 {e}).

Materials for disposal are sent to an EPA approved and licensed facility.  SHC audits facilities through site visits, questionnaires and/or interviews.

Completed manifests are reviewed and provided to the owner.