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Lead is absorbed into the blood stream where it will circulate before it is slowly excreted in the urine and stored in the bones. The body can get rid of the lead naturally over time, but the levels of lead may increase if exposure to lead enters the body faster than it takes for it to leave the body.
In December 2017, a new Australian Standard was published for management of lead paint in buildings which saw a major change in the safe concentration standard, which was reduced from 1.0% lead down to 0.1%.
Detection can be achieved in one of three ways:
- Field portable X-ray fluorescence,
- Laboratory analysis, or
- Chemical colour change field test reagents
This reduction in the percentage of lead in paint that is considered safe as per the Australian Standard means that painted surfaces older than about 20 years may now be defined as lead containing. As a result, structures built prior to 1997 will require an update to their hazardous materials register.
Undisturbed paint in good condition is typically low risk, however, if there is paint in poor quality, or if there are refurbishment or demolition works planned that may disturb the paint, testing is recommended to determine the concentration of lead so that management or remediation may be undertaken. Lead-based paint can present a health risk if it has deteriorated, becoming powdery or flaky, or when sanding or buffing of lead-based paint produces lead dust.
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Reference: AS/NZS 4361.2:2017 Guide to hazardous paint management Lead paint in residential, public and commercial buildings (purchase from SAI Global)
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