Latitudes staff are certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) to perform Lead Inspections and Lead Risk Assessments. We are also certified to perform x-ray analysis to determine lead concentrations in paint and soils, and have a Radiation Safety Officer on staff.
Lead Risk Assessor, Certification Number: 2071181
Industrial Radiation Machines, Certification Number: R45335
Regulations for lead have been established over the past 50 years through a number of congressional acts and amendments, including: the Lead-based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act, the Residential Lead-based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Regulations have generally become more stringent over time, as continuing research has demonstrated that harmful effects may occur at levels previously considered safe.
The various acts are implemented and enforced by federal agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates exposure and protection levels for industry, while states may have additional rules surrounding lead and lead hazards.
Lead in paint – defined as a surface coating that contains 1.0 milligrams per square centimeter or more of lead, or 0.5% (or 5,000 parts per million) by weight.
Lead in household dust – The EPA standard is 10 micrograms per square foot on floors, and 100 micrograms per square foot on window sills
Lead in soil – the EPA standard for lead in bare soil in child play areas is 400 parts per million, and non-play areas is 1,200 parts per million
Lead in drinking water – the EPA action level is 15 parts per billion
How we do it?
Much of our work involves buildings constructed prior to 1978. Or, there may be a drinking water concern where old water pipes or plumbing fixtures are still in use.
We will tailor our services to suit the needs of your project. For instance, your objective may be to comply with the EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, or the HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing. Alternately, we can help you develop a protocol that is appropriate for your situation. As part of our work, we will submit a final report which details the protocol, findings, and recommendations.