The Importance Of Quality Lead Testing

The Importance Of Quality Lead Testing

At Benchmark Environmental Engineering, we want you to be aware of the importance of professional lead testing in homes, schools, and businesses, especially in light of recent lead testing recalls. Lead is a toxic heavy metal found naturally in the environment, in contaminated drinking water supplies, and in countless manufactured objects. This includes paint and some building materials used in older homes as late as the 1980s.

According to the EPA, there is no safe level of lead exposure.

Medical Lead Test Recalls

In July of 2021, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class 1 recall notice regarding three different types of blood lead test kits distributed by Magellan Diagnostics, Inc. These medical blood testing kits are supposed to help doctors identify unsafe lead levels in the body.

The kits in question have a significant risk of producing falsely low test results.

The Impact Of False Negatives On Kids

Long-term or excessive exposure to lead is especially hazardous for young children, which is why the ability to test for blood levels accurately is so important. Childrens’ brains and nervous systems are still developing and prone to damage from even low heavy metal levels. Even unborn children are at risk because lead can cross the placental barrier.

The EPA lists some sobering side effects of pediatric lead exposure.

  • Higher Risk Of ADHD
  • Lower IQs / Learning Disabilities
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Stunted Growth
  • Anemia
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Irreversible Brain Damage
  • Death

Stunning Implications Of Test Kit Recalls

The potential ramifications of a falsely low or false-negative test result are frightening because the long-term effects of lead poisoning are irreversible. The sooner children (and adults) receive treatment for exposure, the better.

Early detection gives physicians a chance to start immediate treatment and allows exposed parties an opportunity to identify and mitigate the environmental causes and reduce the risk of further injury.

Testing For Lead In Buildings

Whether or not you are affected by this recall, you might be wondering what steps you can take to test for lead at home, school, or your workplace. A professional inspection and testing service by an experienced environmental consultant can go a long way towards easing your mind.

California Lead Testing For Peace Of Mind

At Benchmark Environmental Engineering, we offer comprehensive lead paint inspections and environmental testing services throughout the San Jose area. We can also create an abatement plan so that you can take immediate action in ridding your home, daycare, school, or business of this health hazard.

Call today to learn more and schedule an initial consultation.