The Lead Compliance Program is directed at minimizing lead exposure of members of the University community. This includes reduction of exposure to lead dust through construction activities and awareness of both facilities employees and tenants of University owned housing.
Lead was added to paint to make it more durable, give it pigment and improve the flow or spreadability. Historically, the more lead in the paint, the more durable and expensive the paint. Lead-based coatings were widely used from before the turn of the century to the late 1970’s. When surfaces coated with lead-based paint are disturbed, they release lead dust into the air where they might be inhaled or settle onto nearby surfaces. Inhaled or ingested dust may cause disease or injury, particularly in young children or pregnant women. Painted surfaces are tested for lead content and the hazards assessed prior to disturbance. Inspection and sample collection is coordinated by Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) and performed by an independent environmental consultants. Testing is usually performed on-site with immediate results. Those materials identified with high lead content are properly removed using work practices and engineering controls to minimize lead dust.
Additionally, SMU maintains several housing developments built prior to 1978, which are subject to disclosure of known lead paint as per the requirements of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, as known as Title X. EH&S maintains general oversight of the program acting as special in-house consultant to project managers and University Housing staff. EH&S maintains a historical sample database and copies of documentation. Members of the University community may contact the Lead Program Manager with questions regarding the SMU Lead Compliance Program or Title X requirements.
Environmental Health & Safety and
Information Systems Manager
Director of Risk Management and
Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety
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