Lead safety

With structures built before 1978, there is the potential of a lead paint hazard. Stanford Painting is a Lead-Safe Certified (Lic. 602048 / DHS #S2596) painting service. Our employees have been professionally trained to safely handle the removal of lead paint. We take the following steps to protect you, your family, and ours: Protecting you: Lead paint test. Before we begin work, we test the paint with Lead Check Strips ... if needed, we will submit paint chip samples for further analysis. On Site Inspection. Our supervisors regularly inspect the work site, materials, and equipment. They have a lead hazard check list which they fill out for every project and check off visually on a daily basis. Clean work area. We keep the work area as free as possible from lead contamination through regular cleaning by wet methods or vacuuming with a special High Efficiency Particle (HEPA) vacuum. We do not dry sweep when lead is present, because this only spread the contaminant around. We clean the job site area and our equipment at the end of each day to prevent any accumulation of lead dust. And, we dispose of the waste in a plastic bag. Job site protection. We use polyethylene plastic sheeting to isolate lead from non-work area locations ... this also prevents soil and other environmental contamination. Outside, we cover the ground, plants, and immovable obstructions with plastic. Inside, we tape plastic sheeting over window and door openings and on the surrounding ground area to collect fallen chips for disposal. Hazard Signs. In each work area where lead is being sanded, stripped, or there are any other surface preparations that could generate lead dust, the supervisor will post a warning sign with the words: Warning. Lead Work Area, Poison, No Smoking or Eating. Protecting our family: Lead safety/Respiratory training. We require lead safety training for all of our painters so they are aware of to protect themselves. They have received respiratory training and wear lead-safe respirators when working with HEPA vacuums, sanding, or scraping. Protective clothes. When working in lead hazardous conditions, our painters wear protective coveralls ... which are removed before eating lunch and disposed of at the end of the day. They also have other forms of protective clothing including goggles and gloves. Lead testing. We conduct personal industrial hygiene air sampling at representative locations for jobs where lead exposure is likely or has been determined to be present. We test our painters for lead exposure every six months using the services of Readicare Medical Surveillance. Lead safety hygiene. Our painters wash their hands, face, and arms with water and soap before breaks, lunch, and at the end of a shift. They also eat their lunch and take breaks away from the work area.

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