Lead-based paint

If lead-based paint is uncovered, it's a hazard and must be removed.

Your health and safety responsibilities

Keeping people safe from the hazards like lead-based paint is part of your overall health and safety responsibilities.

Health, safety and wellbeing

This will help you meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 — NZ Legislation website (external link)

Dealing with lead-based paint

Some schools have old layers of lead-based paint on buildings. This isn't a problem if buildings are painted regularly and old layers are never exposed. However, it's a problem if lead-based paint is exposed when sanding for repainting or alterations.

You should only use contractors that know the procedures for identifying and managing lead-based paints.

Uncovered lead-based paint is a hazard

If lead-based paint is uncovered, it's a hazard. You must manage it according to the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 — NZ Legislation website (external link)

It's important that students and staff aren't exposed to the paint while it's being removed. For example, isolating the work site and carrying out the work outside of school hours.

Guidelines to managing lead-based paint— WorkSafe website (external link)

Paying to remove lead-based paint

The costs of removing the lead-based paint must be paid from the project funds.

Further information

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 — NZ Legislation website (external link)

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