Lead Unit NYC Inc. is a General Contractor and EPA Certified Firm
in the removal of HPD and DOH (Dept. Of Health) Violations. We also assess and inspect all residential/commercial areas in search of present Lead Based Paint to prevent a city/state violation and/or to clear violations. We also offer XRF and Lead dustwipe testing.


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LOCAL LAW #1 OF 2004 WORK PRACTICES
Owners must correct all lead-based paint hazards and lead-based paint hazard violations in dwelling units where a child under the age of 6 resides. All paint in a pre-1960 multiple dwelling unit where a child under age 6 resides and in the common areas of such multiple dwellings is presumed to be lead paint. A lead-based paint hazard is any condition in a dwelling or dwelling unit where a child under age 6 resides that causes exposure to lead from lead-contaminated dust, from lead-based paint that is peeling, or from lead-based paint that is present on chewable surfaces, deteriorated subsurfaces, friction surfaces, or impact surfaces that would result in adverse human health effects. Correcting lead-based paint hazards and violations promptly using proper work practices and properly trained workers is critical in preventing lead poisoning in young children.
Lead-based paint hazards must be corrected in accordance with the work practices set forth in this guide, and trained workers must be used to do the work. Lead-based paint violations issued by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development must also be corrected using special work practices and trained workers, as set forth in this guide. In addition, repair or renovation work in dwelling units where a child under age 6 resides, that disturbs lead-based paint or paint of unknown lead content, is subject to the work practices described herein performed by trained workers. Finally, it should be noted that orders issued by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for correction of violations in circumstances where a child has been identified to have an elevated blood lead level, must be corrected in accordance with New York City Health Code § 173.14
Lead based paint is defined by Federal standards as any paint or surface coating that contains lead equal to or in excess of 1.0 milligram per square centimeter or more than 0.5% by weight. Lead paint was used to add color and durability to paint in homes built during or before 1978.  In 1978, the Consumer Products Safety Commission banned the sale of lead based paint for residential use.
The probability that a home has lead based paint is:
Homes Built Pre 1940                87%
Homes Built 1940 to 1960         69%
Homes Built 1960 to 1978         24%
Health Risks of Lead
Children are at a greater risk than adults because their bodies are developing.  They are more likely during normal activity to swallow or inhale dust from their hands, toys, food, or other objects.  Lead can cause nervous system and kidney damage, decreased intelligence, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, speech problems, language and behavior problems.
Pregnant women may experience miscarriages, premature births, fetus brain damage, and low birth weights.
Adults may experience high blood pressure, fertility problems, digestive problems, nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems, sexual disorders, muscle and joint
Government References:
www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/homeowners/lead_paint.shtml
Lead Paint Hazzards.pdf

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