Disturbing paintwork of any kind creates a potential lead exposure
risk, regardless of the age of the building or structure involved.
Any process that releases quantities of (often invisible) lead contamination, in the form of airborne lead dust,
paint flakes or lead fumes, that can be ingested or inhaled needs to be risk assessed. This is as relevant
to asbestos-related activities as it is to others and is as much for the protection of the asbestos workers involved as it
is for nearby third parties liable to be affected, including women and children in their home and school environments.
Surprisingly, though the asbestos industry is tightly regulated and has strict
rules for licensing suitably trained and qualified workers, who must be regularly re-trained and re-assessed, risk assessing
for lead exposure is almost unheard of.