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Significance and Use
5.1 This guide is intended to help prevent lead poisoning of children by providing standardized procedures for conducting a lead hazard assessment and providing information needed to develop and recommend lead hazard control options as described in Practice .
5.2 This guide is applicable for use in either occupied or unoccupied dwellings and in other child-occupied facilities.
5.3 The procedures in this guide, when supplemented by recommendations for controlling lead hazards, provide for the conduct of a lead risk assessment of a dwelling or of other child-occupied facilities.
5.4 This guide may be used to supplement assessment procedures used to determine the causes of elevated blood lead (EBL) levels in young children.
Note 2: In cases of EBL levels, investigation of the total living environment of the child and a pediatric medical evaluation may also be needed. Reference should be made to documents such as Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Young Children, Preventing Lead Poisoning in Young Children (1991), HUD Technical Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing, and Screening Young Children for Lead Poisoning.(1997)
5.5 Although this guide was developed for dwellings and for other child-occupied facilities, this guide may be suitable for lead hazard assessments in non-residential buildings and other properties following agreement between assessor and client on appropriate lead action levels.
5.6 This guide is not intended for use in identifying building materials that when abraded or otherwise degraded, such as that which may occur in remodeling or renovation activities, may result in lead hazards.
5.7 Lead hazard assessment reports describe lead hazards identified at the time the assessment was performed. The locations, types or severities of lead hazards can change over time as a result of property improvement or deterioration, significant changes in property use, or other factors.
Note 3: The term “lead-free” should never be used to describe the absence of lead hazards because testing methodologies are not designed to measure the total absence of lead. Small amounts of lead present in building materials and components or soil may result in a hazard with changes in building conditions or as a result of activities that create dust that contains lead.
5.8 This guide is applicable for assisting professionals, homeowners, owners or occupants of rental property, lenders, insurers and others with a property interest in determining the presence of lead hazards.
5.9 This guide also is applicable for assisting designers of lead hazard mitigation projects to target resources toward lead hazard controls that are deemed most likely to result in the prevention of lead poisoning in young children.
1.1 This guide covers how to conduct, document and report findings of a lead hazard assessment of dwellings and of other child-occupied facilities.
1.2 Procedures for assessment of personal items, such as toys, dishes, and hobby materials that may contribute to elevated lead levels in blood are not included in this guide.
1.3 Procedures for random sampling of units within dwellings having multiple units are not included.
1.4 This guide contains notes, which are explanatory, and are not part of the mandatory requirements of this guide.
1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.
1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D4840 Guide for Sample Chain-of-Custody Procedures
E631 Terminology of Building Constructions
E1605 Terminology Relating to Lead in Buildings
E1613 Test Method for Determination of Lead by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES), Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (FAAS), or Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (GFAAS) Techniques
E1644 Practice for Hot Plate Digestion of Dust Wipe Samples for the Determination of Lead
E1645 Practice for Preparation of Dried Paint Samples by Hotplate or Microwave Digestion for Subsequent Lead Analysis
E1726 Practice for Preparation of Soil Samples by Hotplate Digestion for Subsequent Lead Analysis
E1727 Practice for Field Collection of Soil Samples for Subsequent Lead Determination
E1728 Practice for Collection of Settled Dust Samples Using Wipe Sampling Methods for Subsequent Lead Determination
E1729 Practice for Field Collection of Dried Paint Samples for Subsequent Lead Determination
E1753 Practice for Use of Qualitative Chemical Spot Test Kits for Detection of Lead in Dry Paint Films
E1864 Practice for Evaluating Quality Systems of Organizations Conducting Facility and Hazard Assessments for Lead in Paint, Dust, Airborne Particulate, and Soil in and around Buildings and Related Structures
E1979 Practice for Ultrasonic Extraction of Paint, Dust, Soil, and Air Samples for Subsequent Determination of Lead
E2051 Practice for the Determination of Lead in Paint, Settled Dust, Soil and Air Particulate by Field-Portable Electroanalysis
E2119 Practice for Quality Systems for Conducting In Situ Measurements of Lead Content in Paint or Other Coatings Using Field-Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Devices
E2239 Practice for Record Keeping and Record Preservation for Lead Hazard Activities
E2252 Practice for Selection of Lead Hazard Reduction Methods for Identified Risks in Residential Housing or Child Occupied Facilities
Other DocumentsGuidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead- June 1995, revised September 1997 (HUD Guidelines) Available from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 451 7th Street S. W., Washington DC 20210.
UNSPSC Code 11101714(Lead); 77101501(Risk or hazard assessment)
ASTM E2115-15, Standard Guide for Conducting Lead Hazard Assessments of Dwellings and of Other Child-Occupied Facilities, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.orgBack to Top