Lead exposure can occur from various sources in our daily lives. Identifying these sources is critical to protect your health and he well-being of your family. Our lead testing services at EMSL Analytical, Inc. can help you detect lead in various materials and environments, allowing you to address potential risks.

Here is a comprehensive list of sources
where lead can be found

Dust And Paint

Dust and paint

Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is disturbed, deteriorates, or through normal wear and tear. Lead paint can be found on a variety of painted surfaces, including wood, metal, and plaster. Paint chips containing lead can also pose a risk.

Surface Coating

Surface coating

In addition to paint, other surface coatings like varnishes, lacquers, and sealants may contain lead, especially in older buildings.

Water Source

Water sources

Lead can contaminate water sources like drinking water, well water, and other water supplies. This can occur through lead plumbing fixtures, pipes, or solder, leading to ingestion of lead-contaminated water.

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Soil

Soil can be contaminated with lead from various sources, such as exterior paint, lead dust, and residues from the past use of leaded gasoline. This can be especially concerning in yards, gardens, or playgrounds where children may come into contact with the contaminated soil.

Food

Food

Lead can contaminate fruits, vegetables, and other produce grown in lead-contaminated soil. Moreover, food stored or prepared in lead-glazed pottery, crystal, or porcelain may contain traces of lead.

Consumer Products

Consumer products

Some consumer products, including children's toys, jewelry, and other items, may contain lead. This is especially true for imported products and older items that were produced before stricter regulations were in place.

Plumbing Fixtures

Plumbing fixtures and pipes

Older plumbing systems may have lead pipes, solder, or fixtures that can contribute to lead contamination in water supplies.

Ceramics And Pottery

Ceramics and pottery

Lead-glazed ceramics, pottery, and porcelain can leach lead into food or liquids stored or served in these containers.

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Electronics

Older electronics, such as computer circuit boards and CRT monitors, may contain lead solder, posing a risk if these items are improperly disposed of or recycled.

Hobbies And Activities

Hobbies and activities

Certain hobbies, such as stained glass work, shooting ranges, or fishing with lead sinkers, can also be sources of lead exposure.

Traditional Remedies

Traditional remedies and cosmetics

Some traditional or folk remedies and cosmetics, particularly those from other countries, may contain lead or lead compounds.

By understanding the potential sources of lead exposure, you can take proactive measures to protect your health and the well-being of your family. Our lead testing services at EMSL Analytical, Inc. are designed to help you identify and address potential lead hazards, providing you with peace of mind and ensuring a safer environment for you and your loved ones.

Available Lead Test Kits

Our test kits offer simple, easy-to-follow instructions that allow both the do-it-yourself or
the field professional an added testing service as part of an inspection or prevention strategy.

Lead in Dust Test Kit

Designed to test for lead in drinking water, well water, and other water sources.

Detect the presence of lead in plumbing fixtures, pipes, and other water-related sources.

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Lead in Paint Chip Test Kit

Designed to test for lead in drinking water, well water, and other water sources.

Detect the presence of lead in plumbing fixtures, pipes, and other water-related sources.

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Lead in Water Test Kit

Designed to test for lead in drinking water, well water, and other water sources.

Detect the presence of lead in plumbing fixtures, pipes, and other water-related sources.

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Additional Lead Tests

If you have soil, food, or consumer products samples and suspect they may be contaminated with lead, we can help.
Our EPA-approved, NVLAP-accredited laboratory can these materials for the presence of lead.

Lead in Soil Test

Test for lead in consumer products, including toys, jewelry, and other items that may pose a risk of lead exposure.

Download Sample Submission Form

Lead in Food Test

Test for lead in consumer products, including toys, jewelry, and other items that may pose a risk of lead exposure.

Download Sample Submission Form

Lead in Consumer Products Test

Test for lead in consumer products, including toys, jewelry, and other items that may pose a risk of lead exposure.

Download Sample Submission Form

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    If you have already collected a material sample and don’t need a Lead Test Kit, our EPA-approved and NVLAP-accredited laboratory offers lead testing services. Our experts can test various items, such as painted surfaces, drinking water, soil, ceramic dishes, children’s toys, and electronics, for the presence of lead.

    Steps for Submitting Your Sample:
    Follow the EPA sampling guide instructions, download a sample submission form, select the turnaround [TAT] that you would like your results, then send your sample[s] along with payment to the laboratory.

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    EMSL Analytical, Inc.:
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    EMSL Canada, Inc.
    2756 Slough Street
    Mississauga, ON, L4T 1G3

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