Lead Bulk Sample Analysis

Lead is a naturally occurring bluish-grey metal that is soft, malleable, corrosive-resistant, and easily melted, and is highly toxic.  The human body naturally gets rid of lead over time, but it can accumulate faster than the body can get rid of it.  Until the 1980s lead was commonly used in paints and coatings to increase their durability, make colours more vibrant, and help paints dry faster.  Lead-containing paints and coatings are only hazardous when they are disturbed (for example, scraped, sanded, or burned) and release lead dust, mist, or fume, which can be released into the environment and inhaled or ingested by workers and other people.

Lead finishes potentially containing lead are analyzed utilizing a handheld X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer giving results in parts per million (PPM). Our third-party lead analysts are certified XRF analyzer operators and have a Level 1 X-ray Fluorescence Analyzer Operator Certificate issued by the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

For a copy of our chain of custody, click here.

Astech can visit the site to analyze potential lead finishes, or collect and have them analyzed at a third-party laboratory. We also accept walk-in customers who can drop off bulk samples they have collected. Please note that we have a mail slot for dropping off bulk samples after regular working hours.

We accept cash, cheque, and debit/credit card.

Bulk Sample Processing Guide

Turnaround Time Cost per Bulk Sample
Standard 3 to 5 Day $30.00 per sample plus GST
Rush 24 Hour $30.00 per sample plus GST
Rush 4 Hour $30.00 per sample plus GST
Super Rush 1-2 Hour $45.00 per sample plus GST

If you have any questions about sampling procedures or quantities, please call our office.

Pre-Demolition Hazardous Material Surveys

Prior to a building/structure demolition permit application, depending on individual city/district/township, a hazardous building materials report is required.  This report must detail the presence and location of asbestos-containing building materials, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, stored chemicals, and silica.

Pre-Renovation Hazardous Material Surveys

Prior to a building renovation, a proper pre-project renovation survey is required to ensure that building occupants, as well as any contracted trades, are not exposed to asbestos fibres or any other hazardous materials which may be present.

Pre-Purchase Hazardous Material Surveys

Astech has developed a cost-effective survey and report format that includes detailed contractor budgets for the abatement of hazardous building materials, which would occur at some time in the future. The budget estimates for hazmat abatement provided in the report are intended to satisfy your due diligence and can be utilized to form a key dollar value component in negotiating a typical buy/sell agreement.

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