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