The 'real' Halloween horror story!
IF YOU DAMAGE or DISTURB PAINTED MATERIAL, the
UK's Health & Safety Executive (HSE) advice is to:
ASSUME ALL PAINT CONTAINS LEAD
Disturbing and damaging paintwork before MEASURING its LEAD CONTENT, RISKS ILLEGAL and
These 'everyday' acitivities, for PROFESSIONALS & DIYers, RISK LEAD
EXPOSURE to OTHERS and YOUR OWN FAMILY.
Working 'safe' means working
FACT: HSE issued an Immediate Prohibition Notice for no more
than 'dry' scraping and 'dry' sanding during a routine redecoration in March, 2016.
WHY?: Because WITHOUT A LEAD SURVEY in place, to quantify
lead in paint content so that an appropriate 'lead-safe' system of work could be put in place, the Health and Safety
Executive had to prevent likely worker (and child) lead exposure.
How many of YOUR PROJECTS are AT RISK now?
Eventual confirmation of lead in paint content triggered an immediate
risk assessment review and, according to media reports, implementation of various mandatory requirements. See link:
2016, March 16th: Health fears over stripping of lead paint at primary school...
What are the compliance, programme, cost and litigation implications
for your projects that involve the disturbance of paintwork? Demolition, refurbishment, repair, maintenance and redecorating
are all activities that require 'paint + base' material measurements to properly inform suitable and sufficient risk
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
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'.
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.
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.
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.