Door Handles / Door Knobs – Newish, c. 2015: 28,200 ppm Lead (on a home in Maine).

Door Handles / Door Knobs - Newish, c. 2015: 28,200 ppm Lead (on a home in Maine). 
When tested with an XRF instrument these “Iron”* door pulls had the following readings:
 
  • Curved handle: 9,500 ppm Lead
  • Thumb latch (worn): 11,100 ppm Lead
  • Flat back plate: 28,200 ppm Lead. 
*Please note, these are not actually Iron, they are in fact leaded brass finished to look like iron with a “rubbed bronze” style finish. This finish and style is very common as it has been popular for the past 20 years (since the late 1990s.)
 
The door handle pictured here was tested in 2016 and were on a house that was recently remodeled (so c. 2015 or earlier.)

Lead-free door knobs are readily available, however the use of lead in an item like this is not regulated in any way.

 
Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.
 
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama
 
Door Handles / Door Knobs - Newish, c. 2015: 28,200 ppm Lead (on a home in Maine).
 
 
 
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5 Responses to Door Handles / Door Knobs – Newish, c. 2015: 28,200 ppm Lead (on a home in Maine).

  1. genea January 3, 2017 at 11:40 pm #

    I’m looking for lead free door knobs – entry and inside. Any suggestions? Ours tested at .7 cm2…

  2. Shannon January 29, 2018 at 9:37 am #

    Do you know what brand this is? Is it likely that all the black finishes have lead?

    • Tamara January 29, 2018 at 11:43 am #

      No I do not, sorry. I would expect that most of the black finishes do have lead based on the testing I have done, and I would avoid them

  3. Annie November 7, 2018 at 4:33 am #

    Hi Tamara! Do you know how much of a risk a leaded brass door handle is? Do you have recommendations for non leaded ones? Also, what about light fixtures that contain lead?

    Thank you for your work!

  4. Sophie February 13, 2019 at 7:18 pm #

    Thank for your post! I am looking for lead-free door hardware. Do you think I should I be avoiding all brass? I’m having trouble finding much transparency as to the specific materials companies use (i.e. brass with or without lead).

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