ALARA Environmental Health and Safety Ltd. has completed hazard assessments throughout Western Canada. Assessments consist of the identification of hazardous materials within buildings using non-destructive and destructive testing methods, and the implementation of operations & maintenance (O&M) programs where required. Identification programs, maintenance personnel and custodial staff awareness training, are applied in conjunction with hazard assessments in occupied buildings. Lead is a highly toxic substance used in paint products until 1978.  Exposure to lead dust can affect brain functions, fertility, joint problems, and cause irritability.   Lead poisoning in children can result in retarded mental and physical development and cause attention problems. ALARA staff is fully trained and equipped to deal with any size lead abatement project.