LEAD & ASBESTOS SAFE CONTRACTORS
When painting or decorating a property built before 1970, you need to be aware of the problems that can stem from disturbing lead paint, or asbestos sheeting. Many houses built during this period made use of these materials, and both can be toxic and hazardous for humans and animals, if handled improperly.
It’s not worth taking the risk when it comes to lead and asbestos, so get in touch with a Master Painter qualified tradesmen before beginning work.
Before 1970, many Australian houses were painted with lead-based paint. However, just because your house was constructed after this period, doesn’t mean it won’t contain lead paint.
Lead is an extremely toxic substance, and even a small amount of exposure via paint chips and dust could cause health problems. Anyone dealing with lead-based paint needs to take precautions to prevent exposure, which is why you should only opt for painters and decorators that have training with lead-based paint.
MPAACT has created a database of professionals that have this training, and we advise you to only select from this list when contracting for a project where lead-based paint may be involved.
The dangers of asbestos are now widely-known, but asbestos sheets ae still a common occurrence in Australian properties. Legislation dictates that anyone removing asbestos must carry a removal licence, which is held by the PCBU (person conducting a business or undertaking). Although individual workers are not required to hold licenses, they must have taken specific training to work with asbestos.
For further information on asbestos, click here.
To find the contact details of a registered lead paint removal contractor, visit Find a Painter.
If you require further information on lead and asbestos safe contractors, contact us today via:
- Mail: PO Box 362, Fyshwick, ACT 260
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