EEC, Inc.

North Carolina's Leading Environmental Engineering, Health & Safety Consulting Firm

EEC, Inc. is North Carolina's one of the leading Environmental Engineering, Health and Safety Consulting Firm


  Asbestos Services
  Industrial Hygiene
  IAQ & Mold
  Lead Paint & Radon
  Site Assessment
  Hazardous Materials
  Underground Tanks



Problems associated with lead based paint (LBP) and radon can be solved economically, quickly and safely when the right professionals are working on the project.  EEC will assist in identifying, quantifying and designing a plan to reduce or eliminate lead and radon hazards while minimizing capital expenditures.  The EEC team abides by HUD, OSHA, EPA and State of North Carolina regulations. We understand the need to protect the owner from the liabilities associated with lead based paint and radon hazards. We inspect for the presence of lead not only in paint but also in water, soil and air within residential, commercial and industrial properties.


Lead Based Paint:

We will use X-Ray Florescence (XRF) or Flame Atomic Absorption spectrometry (FAA) to analyze paint chips (also referred to in the industry as coatings) for lead. We will sample the suspect paints in the building, assess their conditions and quantify them.  We will provide recommendations for handling the materials and provide cost estimates for remediation or repairs. 


Lead In Drinking Water: 

Through the 1900s, it was common practice to use lead pipes for interior plumbing.  Lead piping was also used for the service connections that join buildings to the public water supply.  This practice only recently ended in some localities.  Plumbing installed before 1930 is most likely to contain lead.  Since then, copper pipes have replaced lead pipes in most buildings.  However, the use of lead solder with copper pipes is widespread.  Lead solder was not only used in building plumbing systems, it was also used in drinking fountains.  Experts regard the lead solder as the major cause of lead contamination of drinking water in the U.S. today.


EEC will collect drinking water samples and have them analyzed at State of North Carolina approved laboratories for analysing lead in drinking water.  Based on the laboratory results we will prepare a report for you with a summary of the condition of the drinking water.  We will also provide you with recommendations and cost estimates for remediation or removals.


Lead In Soil:

Damaged or deteriorating LBP on the exterior of the building has the potential to contaminate the surrounding soil.  EEC will take samples of potentially contaminated soil. Based on the results provided by our accredited laboratory, we will prepare a report with a summary of the condition of the soil. We will also provide recommendations and cost estimates for any required remediation.


If you plan to renovate or demolish the building and LBP is present, then a plan for controlling the lead must be developed for renovation or demoltion.  Our lead abatement design services will identify and define the materials needing special handling and disposal and how to manage them during construction. These documents will limit the owner's liability and allow the owner to competitively bid the work among several qualified contractors.  EEC can also assist you in the selection of the qualified contractor.


EEC will prepare plans and specifications for lead remediation help in obtaining bids for remediation from multiple qualified contractors.  We can pre-qualify contractors to make sure that they can perform the work in a timely manner as per the plans and specifications..  We will facilitate the pre-bid meeting, write and distribute addendums and direct the bid-opening meeting.  Once we have obtained the contractors qualifications and prices, we will help you to select the best contractor for the project.  After selection, we can help you write the contract documents and review bid bonds, performance bonds and insurance certificates.


Lead abatement contractors violating construction standards and regulations can expose the company to civil and criminal liabilities.  The fiscal risks include: penalties and fines from regulatory agencies, lawsuits from building workers or tenants and damages to real property.  When EEC performs construction monitoring and air sampling services, we will protect your interests by having trained and certified professionals on site during the lead abatement process.


We will observe and document compliance with regulations and standards and note the protective measures taken to isolate the work area from the occupants.  We will provide on-site direction to correct any errors made by the contractor and to prevent illegal removal of LBP.  We will take OSHA personnel samples and area air samples inside the lead removal area to ensure the concentration levels are not exposing the contractors employees to lead.  We will also take air samples outside the lead removal area to ensure building occupants are not exposed to elevated levels of airborne lead concentrations.  Our personnel can conduct visual inspections and air sampling to provide final project clearance documentation.


Construction monitoring and air sampling records are important legal documents illustrating responsible actions and protecting from future liability.  


If LBP is present in the building or have workers who may come in contact with LBP, OSHA has a variety of regulations requiring properly train employees.  These regulations include OSHAs lead in construction standard (29 CFR 1926.62), hazard communication (29 CFR 1926.59) and safety training and education standards (29 CFR 1926.21)


EEC offers (2) hour lead awareness training that will be taught by experienced and dynamic individuals.  Our training will focuses on specific building and also cover safe work practices.  The curriculum has been developed to reduce anxiety that may occur from having LBP in the building


OSHA has established exposure standards for general contractors working on a site that contains LBP under 29 CFR 1926.62.  According to this regulation, workers cannot be exposed to greater than the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of fifty micrograms per cubic meter (50 mg/m3). An employer must perform an employee-exposure assessment to determine the magnitude of the exposure actually occurring during a construction activity.


An EEC lead expert will visit the construction site and measure the workers exposure to lead.  We will observe the work practices and use this information along with the air sample results to provide an exposure assessment and recommendations.




EEC, Inc. is North Carolina's one of the leading Environmental Engineering, Health and Safety Consulting Firm