The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 (CLAW) and The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 place a duty on employers/ principle designers to prevent, or where this is not reasonably practicable, to control employee exposure to lead.
CLAW regulations specifically require employers to:
- make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health of employees created by the work to include whether the exposure of any employees to lead is liable to be significant;
- identify and implement the measures to prevent or adequately control that exposure; and
- record the significant findings of the assessment as soon as is practicable after the assessment is made.
It is therefore essential that a lead survey is commissioned as early as possible in the project, to identify any lead-based paint hazards that may expose workers to significant levels of lead and then implement necessary remedial measures.
Environtec provides specialist non-destructive lead-in-paint surveys, analysis and support services including:
- On-site XRF surveys to detect and quantify lead-in-paint
- Detailed written reports, with recommendations
- On-site sampling for laboratory analysis to identify levels of lead in dust and soil
- Verification that buildings are free of lead contamination post-works
- Provision of task specific air monitoring equipment and analysis of air samples
- Laboratory analysis for lead content of client supplied samples e.g. dust wipes and paint chips
- Advice on the cleaning of lead contaminated sites
- Biological monitoring of blood lead levels
Our use of handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instruments provides rapid on-site identification of areas of significance allowing us to give immediate client feedback.
The non-destructive nature of our surveys is particularly suitable for historic or listed buildings.
Lead can be found in decorative paint for interiors and exteriors of homes, schools, public and commercial buildings, as well as on toys, furniture and playgrounds.
- Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children.
- Lead in the body is distributed to the brain, liver, kidney and bones. It is stored in the teeth and bones, where it accumulates over time. Human exposure is usually assessed through the measurement of lead in blood.
- Lead in bone is released into blood during pregnancy and becomes a source of exposure to the developing foetus.
- There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe.
- Lead exposure is preventable.