Abax Incorporated
51-09 2nd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
718-784-2229 (PH)
718-784-2296 (Fax)

Lead Abatement

Removal of lead bearing components and lead based paint / coatings

ABAX INCORPORATED specializes in the abatement / removal of lead bearing components and lead based paints and coatings. ABAXS' management teams have the resources to meet your project's critical time frames and cost considerations.

Additionally, our teams of seasoned estimators are equipped with the knowledge and experience in assessing your specific project needs and outlining all abatement alternatives that may be pertinent to your project.

Lead abatement specialists with extensive experience and expertise

Our teams of Lead Abatement Specialists are equipped with the extensive experience and expertise to handle your project, no matter how large, in a timely and cost efficient manner.

Lead abatement

ABAX performs all work in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the EPA and OSHA, while employing state of the art techniques in lead abatement.

Given the potential risk that lead may have on the environment and most importantly on developing individuals, ABAX is committed in allocating the adequate resources to your project.

Fully licensed lead abatement contractor

ABAX is a licensed lead abatement contractor and solely employs fully trained and EPA/DOSH licensed lead abatement personnel.

ABAX performs the following lead abatement alternatives:

  • Removal and replacement of lead bearing components
  • Enclosure with a durable substance
  • Encapsulation with a 30 year lead barrier compound
  • Chemical stripping methods of lead based paint coatings
  • Mechanical abrasive methods
  • In place management (interim controls)
Lead abatement

Lead Risks and Information

The health risks of lead (Pb)

Lead poisoning can cause severe and irreversible damage to the central nervous system. However, if detected, lead poisoning can be reversed by medical treatment and/or by eliminating exposure.

Children most vulnerable to lead

Young children, ages seven and under, are most vulnerable to lead poisoning due to their developing bodies and brains, which even small amounts of lead can be hazardous. There are studies that tend to suggest that fetuses may potentially be harmed even though the mother is not affected.

Symptoms of lead poisoning

In children, symptoms include loss of appetite, delayed development, stomach discomfort, reduced attention span, inability to sleep, and occasional bowel movements.

In adults, warning signs include irritability and poor muscle coordination.

Particular groups at risk

Although, children from all social and economic levels can be affected by lead poisoning, children living at or below the poverty line who live in older housing are at greatest risk. Children of some racial and ethnic groups living in older housing are disproportionately affected by lead.

For example, 22% of black children and 13% of Mexican-American children living in housing built before 1946 have elevated blood lead levels compared with 6% of white children living in comparable types of housing.

Lead poisoning can lead to death

Children typically incur the following lead related damage from lead poisoning: learning disabilities, neuro-psychological deficits, attention deficit disorder, hyperactive behavior, neurological disorders, major organ failure, coma, and death.

However, physical signs of lead poisoning appear only after significant exposure to lead.

Detecting lead poisoning via blood test

A blood test (recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)) is the sole primary detection method. The CDC has concluded that the risk of a child's suffering the above injures begins when a child's blood level rises to a mere 10 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dl) of whole blood.

If you have any concerns about lead poisoning, you should call your family doctor regarding testing.

Lead based paint main culprit for lead poisoning

Lead is potentially present in residences and structures built prior to 1978. While there are many sources of lead in the environment, it is well know that the predominant cause of lead poisoning occurs to the exposure of lead based paint, specifically, where painted surfaces are chipping and peeling.

Lead is also present in dust and soil that are contaminated with lead from old paint and from past emissions of leaded gasoline. Additionally, lead is present in gasoline, industrial sources, drinking water, and other consumer products (such as dinner plates).

Can lead poisoning be prevented?

Yes. Lead poisoning is preventable. The key is preventing children from coming into contact with lead and treating children who have been poisoned by lead.

More facts about lead

Related lead links

Should you have any question regarding poisoning and medical attention:

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Also contact the National Lead Information Center to receive a general information packet, to order other documents, or for detailed information or questions at 1 (800) 424-5323.