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Lead paint sampling and analysis2022-07-13T10:35:02+00:00

LEAD PAINT SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS

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Lead exposure is a serious health hazard and measures must be taken to minimise risk at home and at work. Lead poisoning can be extremely dangerous, which is why it is important to take samples and analyse any paint or materials you believe could contain lead.

Whose responsibility is it to minimise exposure to lead?

The responsibility of minimising lead exposure falls to employers and management teams for commercial environments and workplaces. In domestic settings, it is the responsibility of the homeowner or landlord in rented properties to take the necessary steps to minimise hazards and exposure to lead.

Where can lead paint be found?

Lead paint was originally used in paint for colour or its properties that increased durability. Lead paint also creates a specific finish that was popular before the 1960s.

The phase out of lead paint usage began in the mid-1960’s, however houses built prior to this will not have been checked for lead paint and if you are living in a property in built prior to 1960 as your home may contain lead paint.

Lead paint can also be found in historic buildings, as historic buildings were allowed to use paint until the 1980s. Lead paint was commonly used to paint skirting boards, doors, door frames, stairs, window frames, wooden flooring, pipes and more. It is worth noting that lead was also sometimes used to plaster walls.

What effects can lead exposure have on health?

It is important to limit lead exposure wherever possible. Lead exposure can result in:

  • Anaemia
  • Nervous system issues
  • Kidney issues
  • Possible infertility

The occupational air exposure limit for lead is 0.15mg/mg³ and for blood lead exposure is 60ug/dl for males and 60ug/dl for females. It is also important to note that for young workers under the age of 18 the blood lead suspension limit is 50ug/dl.

If you suspect lead is present in your home or workplace, please contact our team, who will be able to provide advice.

What action to take if you believe lead paint is present?

If you suspect there is lead paint present in your home or building, the most important thing to do is to ensure you don’t let the paint become damaged, sanded or heat stripped until the paint has been tested. If the area becomes damaged, cover the area, and ensure no one inhales the dust. 

The next step to take is to book a lead paint survey with a qualified professional, who will be able to sample the area and conduct analysis. Once the analysis is complete the surveyor will provide you with advice and next steps. If the paint needs to be removed PPE will be required, the area will also need to be covered to make sure the dust particles are not inhaled by those removing the paint or others in the building. 

What regulations are in place regarding lead paint?

In the early 2000s, The Control of Lead at Work Regulations (2002) were passed, this legislation is also known as CLAW and L132 (third edition). It is the responsibility of the Health and Safety Executive sets out the Approved Code of Practice and all guidance regarding The Control of Lead at Work Regulations. 

Those carry out lead paint sampling and analysis must follow the working with lead guidelines. This includes carefully controlling the risk of exposure to workers, clients, homeowners, and members of the public. For further information on the processes to follow when dealing with lead please visit the government Health and Safety website.

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