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Worksafe BC New Lead Paint Guideline for the Construction Industry Print E-mail
Written by Paul MacKinnon   
Monday, 13 June 2011 15:22
Lead-Containing Paints and Coatings 
Preventing Exposure in the Construction Industry

Wpbwhiteorksafe BC has just released their new lead paint exposure prevention guideline for the construction industry.   Our Vancouver office contributed to the development of this guideline, and it is good information for anyone involved in construction, renovation, demolition, or working with metal such as grinding or welding.  Many surfaces have been covered in lead paint over the years.  Lead is a soft, bluish-grey metal that is pliable and corrosion-resistant.  Until the 1980s, lead was used in paint because it increased durability, made colours more vibrant, and helped paint dry faster. Lead-containing paint is still used for the yellow lane dividers on roads and highways, and there is no restriction on lead in industrial coatings. Lead-containing paints and coatings do not present a hazard if they are left intact. The health risk occurs when they chip, peel, or are otherwise damaged. When lead-containing materials are disturbed (e.g., scraped or sanded), lead dust can be released into the work environment and be inhaled or ingested by workers and other people, including children.

For more information or to download the guideline, visit the WorksafeBC site.  If you need testing, training, or help handling lead paint, feel free to contact one of our offices.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 06:55
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