Historic Governor’s Mansion – Lead Compliance Consulting

Recent renovations resulted in lead paint violations. LeadSafe established and helped implement the clean-up plan.

Featured Project Historic Governor’s Mansion

LeadSafe Environmental Services was hired by the owners of a mansion constructed in 1873 for the then Governor of Rhode Island. The large waterfront building had undergone some recent renovations and the owners suspected that the contractors had contaminated parts of the interior with lead dust and a paint chips. Their suspicions were confirmed after their children were found to have elevated blood lead levels.

After studying previous inspection reports for the home, we decided on a plan to collect dust wipes in strategic locations concentrating in the rooms where renovation were conducted and then spreading out to determine how far the lead contamination had migrated. The contractors were involved in restoring woodwork and windows and had conducted most of their work in the dining room on the first floor while using an attic space on the third floor as a woodworking shop.

Our investigation revealed extraordinarily high levels of lead dust in the dining room and in the attic. We also found that the lead dust had migrated from these spaces into the child’s playroom, bedroom and other living areas along the path of the contractor’s travels. It appeared that the contractors did not use lead-safe work practices nor had the areas been properly contained. As a result, the contamination had been tracked to many other areas of the house.

Once we established the extent of lead contamination, our goal was to stop the spread and develop a plan to get it cleaned up. The final plan included seclusion of the contaminated areas; repeated vacuuming with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum; repeated washings with a lead-specific detergent; covering and painting the attic floor with new plywood after clean-up efforts were not effective; employing “tacky mats” outside contained areas to reduce tracking of lead dust on shoes; and collecting interim and final clearance dust wipes to measure success.

We worked closely with the owners and the lead clean-up crew to provide ongoing solutions to new issues that arose during the project. The process took some time and effort, but we were successful in decontaminating the areas and the children’s blood lead levels were drastically reduced to the normal range.