Here at Paint Inspection Ltd we believe that caring for the environment, and caring for the workforce, are of the utmost importance; which is why we provide a full paint analysis and environmental testing service.
Environmental checks are of major importance for the workforce as volatile organic compounds are a contributing factor to respiratory illness; also, a ‘bad’ layer ozone can have a corrosive effect on certain manmade materials, for example it accelerates the deterioration and fading of certain paints.
As part of our paint sample testing service we will visit your premises and take several samples of paint, which we’ll then test in our laboratory. The tests we carry out look for the presence of toxic substances in the paint, such as lead and chromium, which can be potentially harmful to the workforce and the environment.
Volatile organic compounds
VOCs are a contributing factor in respiratory illnesses such as asthma, and a major source of manmade VOCs comes from protective coatings and paint. Regularly monitoring and controlling the amount of volatile organic compounds that are present in the paint you are using is one of the best ways to keep your employees protected from potential harm. Investing in regular paint testing can help to prevent loss of revenue due to employee sickness and absence further down the line.
Lead and its effect on health
Lead is a neurotoxin, and absorbing even tiny, microscopic amounts of it can have an adverse effect on your health. Unfortunately lead can’t be seen, tasted, or smelled so the only way to know whether you’ve absorbed it is to have a blood or saliva analysis after noticing possible symptoms. Signs that you may have too much lead in your bloodstream include abdominal pain, anaemia, headaches, irritability, and reduced sensations among other things.
Employers must comply with The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 (CLAW) in order to keep their employees safe. The Regulations outline the guidelines for handling, processing, repairing, maintaining, storing, and disposing of any items that are liable to expose employees to ingestible and absorbable metallic lead and its related alloys and compounds. Having regular lead testing carried out on your paint and coatings can help you to comply with the legislation and keep your workforce and the public safe.
Paint sample testing
At Paint Inspection Ltd we carry out substance tests to assess the levels of lead, VOCs, and other potentially harmful substances that may be present in the paint or coatings that your company uses. We will also complete air sampling on site, reporting regularly on the impact of the on-going work.
We understand the need to obtain results quickly, yet accurately, when it comes to testing the workplace for substances that could be hazardous to health, which is why we are able to offer a 48 hour turnaround on sample testing.
Our testing process is very thorough, and results in a full and comprehensive report that can include paint layering and thickness if required. This can either be part of a full coatings survey or a bespoke report depending on your individual requirements.
Paint Inspection Limited will work with clients and contractors to minimise the impact on the environment, and we constantly strive to deliver better quality and safer working practices, ensuring contamination control and correct encapsulation of high-risk working areas.
If you’d like to find out more about our paint sample testing service then please do get in touch with us, we’re always happy to help.