Lead Testing in Commercial Real Estate
Many apartment buildings, schools, daycare centers, and commercial buildings constructed before 1978 (the year lead paint was banned for residential use) have paint that contains lead. Lead from paint and paint chips as well as lead in the soil, water, and dust can pose serious health hazards.
Don´t make the mistake of believing that deliberately remaining “unaware” of lead problems is a protection against liability. Your best recourse is to professionally assess the level of lead present on your property.
When commercial lead hazards are discovered, federal, state and city lead laws will seek action against:
- Landlords and insurance companies of rental properties when tenants and their children are exposed to lead
- Landlords, sellers, real estate agents, and contractors who fail to disclose in writing that lead paint and lead hazards may be present
- Contractors, including general, painters, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians who disturb more than two square feet of lead-painted surfaces without disclosing in writing that lead paint and lead hazards may be present
- Contractors who fail to use lead-safe work practices when disturbing lead-painted surfaces
- Schools, churches and daycare centers where children have been determined to have elevated blood-lead levels
- Remediation and insurance companies which are sued for disturbing lead, or asbestos-containing materials, during routine fire or water damage clean ups.
- Business owners or companies who are sued because employees are exposed to lead as a result of a building hazard or work process
Call us at 800.392.6468
Our inspectors all hold an EPA lead certification & have extensive experience conducting testing in a commercial space.