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Lead Paint Sampling and Testing
Our BOHS certified, trusted Environmental and Hazardous Material Surveying team conduct lead paint sampling and testing for a number of different clients.
Operating since 2003, we have the experience and expertise to advice and help you manage your hazardous material risks and help you achieve compliance through best practice.
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What is lead paint and why is it harmful?
Lead was added to internal hard wearing paints such as gloss and primer paints to be used on exterior metals and woods up until the 1960s. The addition of lead accelerated the drying rate of paint, and its durability resisted corrosion making it a popular product to use both in domestic and non-domestic buildings. In 1992 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) implemented the ban on the use of lead in most paints.
The ban of the use of lead paint was introduced in response to the increase of kidney diseases, occupational cancers, and lead poisoning associated with long term and excessive lead exposures. Lead paint is only harmful when it becomes degraded, chipped or is being removed without the proper precautionary measures in place, allowing lead dust to be inhaled.
What are the lead paint regulations?
Lead can be found in most buildings. Regardless of the age or condition of a building, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations (CLAW) 2002 place a duty of care on employers and building managers/owners to prevent, manage and monitor potential hazardous lead substances as far as reasonably practicable.
For all commercial projects (refurbishment, development and demolition), it is a legal requirement for a lead paint survey to be conducted where paintwork pre-dating 1992 is likely to be damaged or distrubed.
Lead Paint Surveys
Lead paint surveys aim to quantify the amount of hazardous paint present in the building or area. The lead paint sampled during the survey is then analysed to determine the presence of lead based paint. Your lead paint survey report will detail; the density of the paint, the location and the amount of hazardous paint present throughout the building.
Should hazardous lead paint materials be identified in your report our team of hazardous material environmental consultants can help you to choose the next course of action:
Our consultants can assist you with the appointment of a competent contractor to undertake the remediation (removal), including drafting of tender specification, vetting submissions and reviewing method statements / plans of work
Once you’ve conducted your next course of action to remove or manage your lead paint risks, our skilled team of surveyors and analysts can conduct lead paint air monitoring to ensure that your building and the surrounding environment is safe from lead dust.
What are my responsibilities?
As an employer or duty holder, you are required to to prevent, or where this is not reasonably practicable, to control employee exposure to lead.
Our team are here to help you achieve compliance and safeguard your teams through following strict controls, conducting thorough assessments and testing and giving you the knowledge to be able to implement effective risk assessments and safe systems of work that will ultimately protect you, your organisation and your people.Download a printable PDF of this page