Neilson Research Corporation offers lead testing in paint by EPA Method 6010B. We require about 1 tablespoon of paint chips to complete the analysis. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding sampling.
In general, the older the home, the more likely lead paint was used on and in it. This is especially true for homes built prior to 1950, but lead-based paints were widely used up to the time they were banned for residential purposes in 1978. However, the presence of lead paint does not necessarily mean that it presents a hazard. To present a health threat, it must somehow enter the body. Paint that is well cared for generally does not pose a danger. However, even in well-maintained homes, friction and impact surfaces, such as door jambs or sliding widows, can create fine lead dust that can be inhaled or swallowed.
Visit the following websites for more information:
- EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule: https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/LeadPoisoning/Pages/rrp.aspx#require
- Lead Paint Regulations: https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/LeadPoisoning/Pages/Lead-BasedPaintRegulations.aspx
- Lead-Based Paint Renovation License: https://www.oregon.gov/CCB/licensing/Pages/lead-based-paint.aspx