True North Restoration removes lead paint from both residential and industrial buildings to meet safety and health standards.
One of our most recent clients was removing lead paint from an original Canadian Pacific Railway train station. We have also had a lot of heritage clients to upgrade their buildings to meet today's safety criteria.
Why Was Lead Paint Used?
Lead in paint contributes to the paint colour. It also dries faster and is flexible to reduce cracking. Finally, it is quite durable and washable.
Why Was Lead Paint Banned?
According to KidsHealth.org, "exposure to small amounts of lead over a long period of time is called chronic toxicity. Lead is particularly dangerous because once it gets into a person's system, it is distributed throughout the body just like helpful minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc. And lead can cause harm wherever it lands in the body" (source).
Children were particularly at risk as they put both objects and their hands into their mouths.
In the 1920s, was used on toys and walls.
In the 1950s, public health organizations worked to prohibit lead pigments being used in interior residential paints.
"In 1971, the federal Lead Poisoning Prevention Act was passed and in 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead paint" (source).
Is Lead Paint in an Old House Dangerous?
Generally, homes built before 1978 do have lead-based paints. When there is lead paint in a home, regardless of its condition, there is always a risk factor involved and it should be removed.
It is most concerning on surfaces that children can chew or that gets lots of wear and tear.
The greatest form of poisoning is lead-contaminated dust. As little as "one milligram of dust can poison a child - the equivalent of three granules of sugar" (source).
Why Hire True North Restoration to Remove Lead Paint?
The Government of Canada outlines an extensive, very specific procedure to minimize the risk of lead poisoning while removing it. With exception to their first step of keeping children and pregnant women away from the work area, their second recommendation is to hire a professional to do the job.
True North Restoration, follows the Ontario Ministry of Labour's "measures and procedures for working with lead" to ensure that your family and property are safe at all times. Part of this is to ensure a thorough cleaning when we are done each day and that all paint scrapings and chips are sealed and disposed of according to municipal hazardous waste protocol.
Why take the risk of exposing yourself? Contact us today for a quote.