Plan and prepare

Circumstances in which lead-based paints may be encountered are determined. Location of lead based paint to be treated is determined from plans/specifications. Testing is undertaken for presence of lead.

Define and prepare work area

Options for the management and treatment of pre-existing lead-based paints in buildings are considered. A safe working area is maintained around lead-based paint locations using temporary control measures, barriers and signage.

Remove contaminated materials

Appropriate removal processes are determined to suit job requirements.

Contamination area is quarantined and people at risk are protected in accordance with regulatory requirements. Furnishings, other surfaces, surrounding ground areas are protected and doors and windows sealed where appropriate. Debris and waste management procedures are identified for lead contamination from flakes and dust. Removal processes are applied and contaminated materials are containerised for movement.

Manage contaminated materials

Appropriate methods for the containment of existing surfaces are determined or confirmed. Contaminated surface is enclosed using overlaying materials such as plasterboard or weatherboard and applying warning notices of the latent lead hazard.

Clean up

Work area is cleared and materials disposed in accordance with legislation and job specification. Waste and unwanted materials are removed and placed into containment vessels for disposal in accordance with authorised systems and relevant standards.

Surface and soil tests are conducted to verify that no contamination has taken place and building is safe for occupation.

Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and standard work practices.

Further information

Working with lead-based paint - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland