Concern: Dunloggin Middle School: January 30th, 2024 (CXXDMS20240002E5)

Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
A concern was raised regarding if paint chips on the gymnasium floor were considered lead-based paint.
IEQ Investigation Process

Identify deficiencies that may impact IEQ and/or sources of odor concerns. Typically includes the following depending on the nature of concern, but not limited to:

  • interview/questionnaire of concern individual(s)
  • inspection above drop ceiling (condition of roof deck, pipe insulation, return air plenum)
  • inspection of ventilation system (operation of variable air volume box and outdoor air dampers, check controls, measurements of carbon dioxide, temperature and relative humidity, sources near outdoor air intake, measure return and supply air volume, cleanliness of coils, liner and condensate pan)
  • inspection of exterior
  • inspection below drop ceiling (housekeeping, sink and floor drain traps, signs of past and present moisture concern via visual and/or moisture meter, mold growth, ensure connection of current and capping of abandoned sanitary vents, odorizers, excessive plants and fabric items, identify potential pathways, and measure volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, and lighting)

Date(s) of Assessment: January 31, 2024

Paint chips (white) and dust/debris were observed along the back wall of the gymnasium (wall opposite the main entry doors). 

No damaged paint was readily observed above the area where the paint chips and debris were located. It appeared that the gym had been swept and the dust/debris left in this location for later clean-up. This made it difficult to determine where the damaged paint was originating. 

Damaged/flaking paint (white) was observed in several locations. This paint was associated with the block walls in the gymnasium. 

The Office of the Environment reviewed an existing Lead-Based Paint (LBP) Survey from 2011. Several samples of blue and white paint were collected from the gymnasium block walls. None were identified as lead-based paint.  Additional samples were collected within the gymnasium and included: metal door frames, metal doors, corkboard, and the wood floor. None of the surface coatings were identified as lead-based paint. 

Other painted surfaces of similar color (white/tan) in the gymnasium included the tectum ceiling, insulated ductwork, and metal structural framing. These materials would not have been accessible during the 2011 survey due to height.  The paint on the structural beams, insulated ductwork, and tectum ceiling did not appear to be damaged/flaking.  Damage was apparent on a beam and several locations of galvanized pipe. 

The Office of the Environment utilized a board-approved consultant (Maryland accredited Lead Risk Assessor) to perform testing of the elevated areas in the gymnasium. The testing occurred on February 9, 2024 using a X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Spectrum Analyzer. Substrates include the center beam (concrete), various metal beams, the ceiling and ceiling ridge, various galvanized pipes. and metal ductwork. None of the samples met Maryland's definition of an LBP (0.7 milligrams per square centimeter). 

It should also be noted that the gymnasium does not meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) definition of a child-occupied facility as it relates to LBP regulations. 

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