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    Improving the Confidence Level in Lead Clearance Examination Results through Modifications to Dust Sampling Protocols

    Published: 01 January 2011

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    Multiple pre-cleaned, four-room residential containments were each subjected to a single high-dust generating activity involving lead-based paint. After dust generation, a geometric wipe sampling grid was used, with a target of 8 interior and 8 perimeter samples in each room, to assess dust-lead on the floors. The containment was then cleaned using the “High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum/3-bucket wet-mop/HEPA vacuum” procedure found in the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Guidelines. Post-cleaning (clearance) floor wipe samples were then taken at side-by-side locations to the pre-cleaning samples. It was found that: [1] floor dust-lead along the perimeters of rooms was three times more difficult to clean than dust-lead from the interiors of the rooms; [2] post-cleaning dust-lead loadings tended to be higher along the perimeters of the rooms than in the interiors of the rooms such that clearance failure was much more likely for individual floor samples collected along the perimeters; and [3] four-wipe composite sampling within each room (two randomly selected from the perimeter and two randomly selected from the interior) provided a very reliable method for detecting clearance failure (99% or greater) versus a randomly selected single wipe sample per room (50% or less).


    clearance testing, lead analysis, lead-based paint, composite wipes

    Author Information:

    Cox, David C.
    QuanTech, Inc, Arlington, VA

    Dewalt, F. Gary
    QuanTech, Inc, Arlington, VA

    White, Kenneth T.
    QuanTech, Inc, Arlington, VA

    Schmehl, Richard
    QuanTech, Inc, Arlington, VA

    Friedman, Warren
    HUD Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, Washington, DC

    Pinzer, Eugene A.
    HUD Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, Washington, DC

    Committee/Subcommittee: D22

    DOI: 10.1520/STP49746S