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Are you about to disturb lead-containing paintwork, dust or asbestos beneath lead-based paint? Think twice before creating avoidable lead exposure risks for you, your co-workers and family.
 
Lead-containing paintwork hazards are commonplace and have been for decades. They should be considered an 'everyday' exposure risk issue for all those working in refurbishment, repairs, maintenance and demolition - whether on-site or 'DIY'.
 
HSE paintwork advice is clear: "...assume it contains lead..."

"...always err on the side of caution when cutting, stripping or grinding painted material and assume it contains lead unless there is good evidence to prove otherwise."

 
WARNING:  DISTURBING PAINTWORK IN EXISTING BUILDINGS IS HIGHLY LIKELY TO CREATE 'SIGNIFICANT' LEAD EXPOSURE RISKS.
 
EXTRA WARNING:  DISTURBING PAINTWORK DURING ASBESTOS 'Refurbishment & Demolition' SURVEYS and ASBESTOS REMOVAL IS HIGHLY LIKELY TO CREATE 'SIGNIFICANT' LEAD EXPOSURE RISKS.
 
LEAD PAINT TESTING OR A MORE EXTENSIVE LEAD SURVEY SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE WORK STARTS.
 
FOR COMMERCIAL CLIENTS, PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS AND CONTRACTORS THIS IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT.
 
DIYers HAVE NO SUCH LEGAL DUTY, BUT SHOULD TEST FOR LEAD SO THEY CAN PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES FROM LEAD EXPOSURE RISKS.

 
HSE online advice states "if preparing paintwork, lead surveys".
 

For more information about LEAD SURVEYS and TESTING:  Click  HERE

EMERGENCY RESPONSE for LEAD EXPOSURE RISK: STOP WORK & EXIT! Let the dust settle for 1-2hrs before you even think about cleaning up.

Stop what you’re doing and remove yourself and those in your care from the source of exposure. Children and women are particularly vulnerable, especially when pregnant. Remove or isolate the source of exposure.  Leave the area for at least 1-2hrs to allow airborne contamination to settle.

Once any (suspected) lead dust has settled, confirming the presence of lead contamination using our ‘Free Lead Paint Test’, can provide a useful starting point or CALL US FOR FAST ADVICE.

PLANNING AHEAD for Lead Exposure Risks?

COMMERCIAL CLIENTS (ie. non-domestic clients) have a legal duty to obtain the necessary lead survey information in plenty of time  to ensure due consideration of its findings by the project team.

COMPETENT PROFESSIONALS should emphasise to their clients the importance of fulfilling the lead survey requirement, in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) on-line guidance.

CONTRACTORS rely on pre-construction lead survey information to inform their costings and proposals.  The common practice of professional advisers assigning responsibility for lead surveys to the contractor/s involved is not considered acceptable, according to the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations, 2015, (CDM 2015) Guidance on Regulations.
 
DIYers can also be subject to lead exposure risks but are not protected by 'at work' regulations. In order to prevent 'significant' lead exposure risks DIYers are advised to familiarise themselves with lead-safe work methods and best practice for dealing with lead paint and dust hazards.

PLEASE NOTE: This website aims to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date on-line resource dedicated to addressing lead paint hazards and exposure risks in the UK. If you are unable to find the information you seek, please contact us and we shall do our best to answer or re-direct your enquiry.