Science Not Solvents: The hazards in removal of Lead Based Paint

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Before we start – Lead Paint Awareness!

Lead paint is one of the major sources of lead in older houses. It is recorded that about two-thirds of the homes built before 1940, and one-half of the homes built from 1940 to 1960 have been decorated with lead-based paint. Some homes built in the 60’s and early 70’s may also contain some lead too.

In the interests of safety it is not recommend to sand down or burn off paint from internal or external surfaces of a house unless you can be sure the paint does not contain lead.

DON’T JUST BELIEVE THE STRIPPER MANUFACTURER – ENSURE YOU GET INDEPENDENT SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE. WE DO. AN INDEPENDENT RISK ASSESSMENT FOR BRITISH TELECOM BY THE INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE FOR LEAD EXPOSURE SHOWED THAT USING ECO SOLUTIONS’ TECHNOLOGY THE SAMPLES COLLECTED TO DETERMINE THE EXPOSURE TO AIRBORNE TOTAL DUST, SHOWED AVERAGE TOTAL CONCENTRATIONS OF APPROXIMATELY 1/10 TH OF THE LEAD IN AIR STANDARD. RESULTS FOR INORGANIC LEAD SHOWED PERSONAL CONCENTRATIONS TO BE BELOW 0.01 MG/M3 (IOM 2006)

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is a “working wet system” that keeps the paint wet at all times and significantly reducing any risk of dust

“Eco Solutions were delighted to supply Home Strip P & V remover during the refurbishment of late 18th century Somerset House on the Strand in London.

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Potentially high levels of lead paint were discovered which required specialist removal. Eco Solutions were able to supply the needs of the contractor, John Steele, with the right product for the job.

Architects Thomas Ford & Partners said “We were getting desperate – we had tried all sorts of paint removers but none was having much effect. Luckily we came across Eco Solutions and, not only were they able to help and supply quickly, the product proved to be completely safe to use, very effective and required no specialist equipment”.