Lead Inspection & XRF Testing

Lead-based paint inspection, risk assessment, and XRF testing services by EPA-certified professionals

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Green Orchard Group helps landlords, tenants, and homeowners identify and assess lead paint-based hazards.

If you suspect your home or building may be at risk for potential lead-based paint hazards, or if you recently received a lead violation from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Green Orchard Group can help.

If your building was built before January 1, 1960, it may contain lead-based paint hazards. Per NYC’s Local Law 31 of 2020, landlords must have XRF lead inspections performed by August 9, 2025, or within one year of a child under the age of 6 residing in the unit. Contact us today if you have questions or would like to schedule an inspection.

Should I be concerned about lead?

Although lead paint was banned from NYC buildings in 1960, a significant number of older buildings still contain lead paint.

Lead is a naturally-formed metal in the earth’s crust. However, lead is highly toxic to the human body and exposure can lead to lead poisoning, a serious yet preventable condition that is particularly dangerous for young children.

Lead can affect the brain, kidneys, bone marrow, and other organ systems, even at low levels in a child’s bloodstream. Exposure to lead also poses a significant risk for pregnant women, leading to serious problems such as premature births, congenital defects, and miscarriages. Lead poisoning can be prevented through proper testing and remediation of lead-based paint.

Besides lead paint, other common sources of lead exposure in the United States are old piping, outdoor soil, household dust, and contaminated drinking water. 

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Green Orchard Group

Lead Inspection, Assessment, and Testing

EPA-Certified Lead-Based Paint Inspection

  • Surface-by-surface testing to determine if lead-based paint is present, and where
  • X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) testing
  • Paint chip sampling and analysis
  • Lead dust wipe testing

EPA-Certified Risk Assessment

  • Comprehensive evaluation of potential hazards associated with lead paint, including deteriorated paint, lead dust, lead in water, and/or lead in soil
  • Risk assessments for lead-based hazards are conducted under guidelines from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and laboratory findings are shared confidentially.

XRF Lead Testing Services (Local Law 31)

  • Requires landlords and owners of pre-1960 buildings in NYC to have all dwelling units inspected for lead using approved XRF analyzers
  • XRF testing must be performed by an EPA-certified lead inspector or risk assessor
  • Inspections must be completed within 5 years (by August 2025) or within 1 year for dwelling units where a child under 6 resides

HPD Lead Exemptions

  • XRF testing is required to apply for an HPD lead exemption (Lead Free or Lead Safe)
  • Testing must be performed by an EPA-certified lead inspector or risk assessor using an approved XRF device

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