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  QUESTION: Safe handling and disposal of lead flashing from roof, 26 Dec 2004, Victoria Australia


I have some lead flashing on my roof. I would like to remove it and dispose of it safely. It's only about 10 Linear metres. I need to know

  1. safe handling
  2. where to dispose of it

Kellie Davis

ANSWER: 07 Jan 2005

Dear Kellie,

the Material Safety Data Sheet - Chemical Grade Lead - Corroding Grade Lead - MSDS 9.5 by Fry Technology gives the following handling precautions: "Lead is regulated under OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1025. No food or drink should be allowed where these products are handled. Personnel must wash thoroughly after handling the metal before drinking, eating or smoking." Apart from that I would add that gloves should be worn and all the safety precautions for proper weight lifting and working on roofs and ladders should be followed. You should take down the flashing without cutting it and if it is breaking apart, take particular care to collect all the pieces onto plastic sheeting and wrap it in plastic for transporting. Clean up any debris with a sugar soap solution in a bucket and disposable rags.

Phone any of the three scrap metal dealers listed in the Yellow Pages in Melbourne to organise for the flashing to be recycled:

  1. Menzies Metals
    Think Metals Think Menzies Australia No. 1
    45 Wells Rd Seaford VIC 3198
    ph: 1300 723 399 Scrap Metal Merchants
  2. Southern Cross Metal Recyclers
    Responsibly Recycling Your Resources. Immediate & Responsive Service.
    120 Maddox Rd Williamstown VIC 3016
    ph: (03) 9397 4358 Scrap Metal Merchants
  3. Ace Scrap Metal & Steel Co Pty Ltd
    We Take It Away . . You Have Nothing To Pay!
    ph: 1800 198 816 Scrap Metal Merchants

Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien

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