Lead

While lead in buildings might not have the same public profile that asbestos currently attracts, the potential for exposure to lead from old paintwork can be a significant one for anyone needing to carry out repairs or major refurbishment works involving the removal or preparation of high lead content paints. These problems can be particularly prevalent in local authority buildings, schools, hospitals, universities and public utility buildings, where estate managers can be faced with major issues relating to worker exposure to lead during major refurbishment programmes.

ARD will survey your buildings using techniques that will allows estate managers and facilities management specialists quick access to the information needed to make informed decisions where exposure to lead might be an issue. We have even used this technique to identify areas of paintwork where not only high levels of lead were found, but also significant levels of cancer causing chromium, indicating that ‘lead chromate’ paints had been used at some stage in the past.