Understanding Various Polyethylene Films You Can Use in a Lead Abatement Program

Exposure to lead can be harmful to people regardless of their age. Particularly, fetuses, expectant mothers and children are generally more sensitive to the detrimental effects of lead poisoning. This is why you must institute lead abatement programs to get rid of lead contained in building materials, as it can cause significant damage during renovation or other works on an old building. When doing this you must ensure the safety of the workers, occupants in the building and any other groups that are at the risk of exposure. This is where polyethylene builders film comes in handy. They will help you contain or confine the lead to certain areas to avoid lead poisoning to people or contamination of other materials. Here are some of the film options you can use for your abatement program:

Clear Plastic Polyethylene Sheeting

Clear plastic polyethylene sheets are ideal for protecting materials, equipment and machinery during the abatement program. The fact that they are clear makes it easy to glance through and assess the condition of the material or equipment that you have covered. To add on, they are good at transmitting sunlight and trapping heat. This makes them ideal for sealing off occupied rooms as the clear bags easily let in natural light with minimal heat transfer into the room.     

Black Plastic Polyethylene Sheeting

If there is no need for checking the condition of the materials that you have covered during abatement, then you can go for black polyethylene sheeting. It conceals the products perfectly. However, you should note that the black sheets absorb both heat and sunlight, and they may not be ideal for covering materials that can be damaged by high temperatures. Certainly the black sheeting is a no go zone for sealing off rooms because it dissipates lots of heat into the surrounding space and causes discomfort.

Flame Retardant Plastic Poly Sheeting

The flame retardant alternative is made of laminated, fire retardant plastic sheets and an additional layer of molten polyethylene. In addition to that, there is a heavy scrim of polyester used to reinforce the laminated sheets and make them resistant to tear from any angle. You will need this flame retardant plastic polyethylene sheeting to cover flammable materials that can easily catch fire during the abatement process. Note that other the film alternatives can be flammable, meaning that they will not provide optimal safety when dealing with flammable materials.