13,000 ppm lead – 1979 tile! [Original tile floors in a 1979 house.]
The amount of lead that is considered unsafe (and illegal) in a modern/newly manufactured item intended for children, is anything 90 ppm lead and higher. Floor tiles – while likely used and interacted with by children every day (especially crawling babies!) – are not considered “items intended for children.” Vintage items are not regulated for total lead content at all. While bathroom floor tiles may not present an immediate threat or hazard for your family – if a tile floor like this is demolished without using lead safe work practices (when a bathroom is being renovated, for example), it can present a significant hazard to the residents of the home.
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