Asbestos & Lead Services

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Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Services

ECS performs a variety of industrial hygiene services to identify the presence and location of asbestos (ACM) and lead-based paint (LBP). ECS can perform indoor air quality and industrial hygiene monitoring, as well as testing to determine solutions to indoor contaminant levels. ECS can prepare plans and specifications for removal projects, conduct pre-bid meetings, assist with contractor selection, prepare operations and maintenance programs and perform air monitoring during and post-ACM and LBP removal.

ECS performs a variety of industrial hygiene services to identify the presence and location of asbestos (ACM) and lead-based paint (LBP). ECS can perform indoor air quality and industrial hygiene monitoring, as well as testing to determine solutions to indoor contaminant levels. ECS can prepare plans and specifications for removal projects, conduct pre-bid meetings, assist with contractor selection, prepare operations and maintenance programs and perform air monitoring during and post-ACM and LBP removal.

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Why Are Lead and Asbestos Testing Important? 

Paints and other construction materials like plumbing pipes may contain lead, which is a toxin. Ingesting lead-based substances can lead to health issues, especially for younger children in their early developmental stages. Some health conditions associated with high lead levels include:

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Mental health challenges

Decreasing lead exposure can boost property values, enhance safety and reduce liability. It also helps you comply with workplace guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In the same vein as lead, asbestos is a once-common building material now known to be carcinogenic. When projects disturb existing asbestos, it can release hazardous fibers into the air and create potential health issues for those nearby.

Visual observation is not a reliable method for identifying the substance — an asbestos survey and assessment are necessary to confirm its existence. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces several laws mandating testing under certain circumstances, including during the demolition, renovation and construction of all buildings except residential structures with fewer than five units.

Once laboratory testing and analysis verifies asbestos is present, the professionals at ECS can help. As part of our asbestos abatement services, we can design an effective strategy to manage the substance while focusing on others’ well-being.

Why Are Lead and Asbestos Testing Important? 

Paints and other construction materials like plumbing pipes may contain lead, which is a toxin. Ingesting lead-based substances can lead to health issues, especially for younger children in their early developmental stages. Some health conditions associated with high lead levels include:

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Mental health challenges

Decreasing lead exposure can boost property values, enhance safety and reduce liability. It also helps you comply with workplace guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In the same vein as lead, asbestos is a once-common building material now known to be carcinogenic. When projects disturb existing asbestos, it can release hazardous fibers into the air and create potential health issues for those nearby.

Visual observation is not a reliable method for identifying the substance — an asbestos survey and assessment are necessary to confirm its existence. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces several laws mandating testing under certain circumstances, including during the demolition, renovation and construction of all buildings except residential structures with fewer than five units.

Once laboratory testing and analysis verifies asbestos is present, the professionals at ECS can help. As part of our asbestos abatement services, we can design an effective strategy to manage the substance while focusing on others’ well-being.

When to Get an Assessment

Aside from regulatory mandates, there are other times it is advisable to perform lead testing. These can include:

  • Remodeling or demolishing a building constructed before 1978: Federal legislation banned lead-based paint in 1978, so structures dating back further may have a high likelihood of the substance’s presence.
  • Borrowing funds: Some lenders require lead testing as part of their documentation, especially for funding under Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.

Similarly, it may be advisable to consider an asbestos survey when:

  • Remodeling or demolishing a building constructed before 1989: The EPA banned new asbestos-based products from the market in 1989, though court actions changed some of the law’s scope.
  • Applying for a building permit: Various local agencies may require an asbestos assessment before issuing a building permit.
  • Suspecting the material’s presence: Asbestos sampling and testing are desirable whenever there is reason to believe the substance is part of the existing construction undergoing alteration.

When to Get an Assessment

Aside from regulatory mandates, there are other times it is advisable to perform lead testing. These can include:

  • Remodeling or demolishing a building constructed before 1978: Federal legislation banned lead-based paint in 1978, so structures dating back further may have a high likelihood of the substance’s presence.
  • Borrowing funds: Some lenders require lead testing as part of their documentation, especially for funding under Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.

Similarly, it may be advisable to consider an asbestos survey when:

  • Remodeling or demolishing a building constructed before 1989: The EPA banned new asbestos-based products from the market in 1989, though court actions changed some of the law’s scope.
  • Applying for a building permit: Various local agencies may require an asbestos assessment before issuing a building permit.
  • Suspecting the material’s presence: Asbestos sampling and testing are desirable whenever there is reason to believe the substance is part of the existing construction undergoing alteration.

Why Choose ECS for Testing?

Developers, engineering firms, property managers and general contractors nationwide partner with ECS for lead and asbestos testing for many reasons.

1. We Earn the Industry’s Respect

ECS puts people at the heart of what we do, from encouraging diverse perspectives to serving our local communities and investing in workplace safety. We back those values with a deep network of resources, contacts, financial stability and sustainable practices. Combining these qualities has garnered us recognition and awards from industry insiders.

2. We Communicate Meaningfully

We strive to keep your projects on time and within your budget. To do so, we maintain open lines of communication and share the details you need to make more informed decisions. We provide in-depth proposals and reports with ample detail and timeliness to help move your project forward as expected.

3. We Prioritize Great Service

The team at ECS offers unparalleled client service from project conception to post-project support. Enjoy individualized attention and a dedicated account manager with our national accounts program. You have a centralized point of information and an advocate to help guide you through the entire process.

4. We Have Professional Experience

At ECS, we bring the combined experience and expertise of our entire team to each project. By drawing on our collective knowledge, we go beyond the standards to find innovative, practical and cost-efficient solutions to modern challenges. Our experience spans projects of all sizes across a spectrum of industries.

Why Choose ECS for Testing?

Developers, engineering firms, property managers and general contractors nationwide partner with ECS for lead and asbestos testing for many reasons.

1. We Earn the Industry’s Respect

ECS puts people at the heart of what we do, from encouraging diverse perspectives to serving our local communities and investing in workplace safety. We back those values with a deep network of resources, contacts, financial stability and sustainable practices. Combining these qualities has garnered us recognition and awards from industry insiders.

2. We Communicate Meaningfully

We strive to keep your projects on time and within your budget. To do so, we maintain open lines of communication and share the details you need to make more informed decisions. We provide in-depth proposals and reports with ample detail and timeliness to help move your project forward as expected.

3. We Prioritize Great Service

The team at ECS offers unparalleled client service from project conception to post-project support. Enjoy individualized attention and a dedicated account manager with our national accounts program. You have a centralized point of information and an advocate to help guide you through the entire process.

4. We Have Professional Experience

At ECS, we bring the combined experience and expertise of our entire team to each project. By drawing on our collective knowledge, we go beyond the standards to find innovative, practical and cost-efficient solutions to modern challenges. Our experience spans projects of all sizes across a spectrum of industries.

Notable ACM, Lead and Mold Projects

  • Harpo Studios/McDonalds HQ, Chicago, IL
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Notable ACM, Lead and Mold Projects

  • Harpo Studios/McDonalds HQ, Chicago, IL
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Contact ECS for Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Services

When you need professional asbestos and lead paint testing, the professional team at ECS can help. 

Reach out to a team member online or request a custom quote.

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