inspections are conducted after any activity that disturbs
lead based paint. These investigations are based on
protocols established by the US Dept of HUD. Clearance
Inspections consist of a visual inspection to confirm
all hazard control work has been completed in an acceptable
manner as well a dust wipe protocol to confirm that
all spaces were properly cleaned and are safe for reoccupation.
Clearance testing is the end result of our lead testing
procedure. This part of lead
testing is to make sure that the cleaning after
the Abatement work or the interim controls were completed
and that the clean up procedure that followed was done
correctly. Clearance testing also determines whether
or not Lead Safe Work Practices were used while doing
Clearance Testing has four crucial
parts to it:
First, a visual inspection of the dwelling, looking
for visible dust. If there is visible dust then the
is not to proceed and must fail the inspection. If no
dust is present then the inspector can continue with
Second, the inspector is then to look
over the risk assessment that was performed in the original
lead testing procedures.
The contractor must complete the hazard control plans
submitted by the lead
testing company. If not, then the inspector does
Third, if the visual inspection and
the hazard controls have been taken care of, then the
inspector can proceed to the next stage of lead
testing which is taking the dust samples to ensure
the proper clean up and that LSWP ( Lead Safe Work Practice)
has been applied. The amount of Federal dollars used
on the renovation often determines how and for what
the dwelling needs to be cleared.
Fourth, the dust samples are sent
to an accredited lab where they determine the amount
of lead dust that is present and compare them to federal
thresholds to see if they are within federal guidelines
and practical limits.
- Ensure that the work has been acceptably
completed and that the space is safe for reoccupation.
- Allow the contractor to establish
that as of a particular date and time, the space was
in a lead safe condition.