Lead Paint Testing
Lead is a naturally occurring toxic metal which is found in the earth’s crust. While historically lead has had some beneficial uses it has since been proven that exposure to humans can have significant health risks especially in young people.
Young children are especially vulnerable when exposed to lead as their bodies absorb significantly higher amounts of lead than adults when exposed to a given source. Moreover, children’s innate curiosity and their age-appropriate hand to mouth behaviour means they are more likely to ingest decaying lead material dust or debris.
Lead affects the body in a number of ways including:
- Loss of developmental skills in children
- Aggressive behaviours
- Sleeping problems
- Kidney dysfunction
Lead can be found in a variety of places including:
- Radiation shields
- Water pipes
Under New Zealand law and the Guidelines for Management of Lead Based Paint (2008); Occupational Safety, Health Service of the Department of Labour, Wellington, New Zealand, and the Public Health Commission Lead exposure needs to be eliminated or controlled.
Hazard Management are able to undertake the identifying and sampling for lead. Where there is a risk of lead poisoning arising from a work activity or workplace, the hazard must be eliminated. Where elimination is not practicable, control measures need to be put in place to ensure that the hazard is minimised to everyone and the environment.