Lead in Paint Chip Test Kit

Make sure your home or office is free of lead, and lead dust, which can linger in the air before settling.

The results of this test offer the client valuable information related to the extent or amount of Lead that might be present in a suspect location. These results can be used for remediation.

Why Is Testing Recommended For Houses Built
Before 1978?

Federal regulations placed a limit on the amount of lead in paint sold for residential use starting in 1978. That is why homes built before 1978 are subject to the Disclosure Rule. The older the home, the greater the chance of lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards, and the more important it is to have the home tested.

How are dust samples collected and analyzed?
The most common method for dust collection is a surface wipe sample (enclosed in package). If dust is collected from a floor, an area of one square foot is usually sampled. You should also collect wipe samples from windows and measure the surface area wiped. Wipe the area to be sampled several times in different directions to pick up all the dust. After sampling, place the wipe in a zip lock plastic bag, place in shipping envelope and mail to EMSL for lab analysis. If you wish to collect wipe samples from other areas and need more wipes, please contact our laboratory at 1-800-220-3675.

How are paint chips collected and analyzed?
Paint chip samples are collected for lab analysis by removing one to four square inches of paint from the surface. All layers of paint in the sampled area are included in the sample. Usually samples will contain some of the material beneath the paint, such as wood, plaster or concrete particles. The amount of this material will be kept to a minimum. Tools such as chisels and scrapers are used to remove the paint. Sometimes a heat gun is used to soften the paint and make the removal easier. If so, a respirator should be worn by the person operating the heat gun for protection from lead and other fumes. In addition, the room or area should be well-ventilated to protect occupants. After collecting the paint chip sample, place the sample in a zip lock plastic bag, place in shipping envelope and mail to EMSL for analysis.

What about testing for lead in furniture, dishware and mini-blinds?
Lead may be present in the paint on furniture and consumer products. If the furniture is old or the paint is damaged, you may want to have it tested. EMSL provides a wide range of lead testing for consumer products.

What about testing for lead in water?
Lead pipes and lead solder were once used in plumbing, which resulted in lead being leaked into drinking water. To test your water, contact EMSL for a sampling bottle at 1-800-220-3675.

Identify Lead in Paint Chips Ensure your home is free from harmful lead paint with easy-to-use testing methods.

Why Test for Lead in Paint Chips?
Lead exposure can cause severe health issues, especially in children. Homes built before 1978 are likely to have lead-based paint, which can deteriorate and become hazardous.

How to Test for Lead in Paint Chips
Enclosed you will find simple instructions on how to collect paint chip samples. EMSL Analytical uses precise laboratory techniques to detect lead content in paint chips.

When to Test for Lead in Paint Chips

  • Before remodeling or renovating an older home
  • If you notice peeling or chipping paint
  • Before purchasing an older home
  • If you have young children who might ingest paint chips

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