We've all been waiting for D-Lead test kits to become available and now it's happening. The kits are important for EPA RRP work because they are recognized by EPA as a method for determining the absence or presence of lead in drywall and plaster.
The first test kit to be approved by EPA, LeadCheck, was not recognized by EPA for testing for drywall and plaster (though that will reportedly happen soon) and was pretty much limited to painted wood and ferrous metal surfaces.
But while D-Lead was formally recognized by EPA about a month ago (which will save Certified Renovators the trouble of having a third-party test for lead in drywall and plaster), the test kits were not widely available. That is changing.
Here is an update I got today from George Laidlaw, sales coordinator for ESCA Tech, the Milwaukee company that makes D-Lead:
The initial shipments of 6 test kits have been delivered to the Home Depot and are being distributed to individual stores at this time. Some stores have the kits available at this time and we expect the remainder of the stores to have stock in the next few days.
The first 24 test kits will ship to ESCA Tech, Inc. distributors the week of October 4. Many of our distributors are taking preorders for the 24 test kits at this time. A complete list of ESCA Tech distributors can be found at our website http://www.esca-tech.com/lptk/Distributors.php
Both kits are now in regular production and moving ahead we do not anticipate any backorders at this time.
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