Getting the Lead Out: The Complete Resource on How to Prevent and Cope with Lead Poisoning

By Irene Kessel; John T. O'Connor | Go to book overview

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Lead Paint Hazard Control
Measures

INTERIM CONTROLS

Interim controls are measures that can be taken on an interim basis, until full-scale abatement can be done, permitting you to live safely with lead-based paint, temporarily, by preventing it from generating any additional dust and removing the dust that it has generated. The major advantage of interim controls over abatement (removal or permanent coverage of lead paint) is that they can be significantly less expensive and done relatively quickly. The disadvantage is that they require you to monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and possibly do minor repair work over the years in order to remain effective. Some advocates point out that interim controls have never been proven scientifically to be effective in reducing lead exposure, but others agree that it is only common sense that reducing the environmental availability of lead dust will reduce the amount of lead a child ingests.


Repair of Painted Surfaces

Lead-based paint that is blistering, flaking, peeling, or chalking can be repaired (technically referred to as being STABILIZED) to prevent the hazard from continuing. Once

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