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  QUESTION: Paint lead testing by an independent authority, 01 Apr 2005, New South Wales Australia

I am a Real Estate agent and a tenant has requested the testing of paint by the landlord for lead content, the house is in the order of 50 years old. Is there an authority who can do independent testing.

Please advise by return email asap.
Peter Bubb

ANSWER: 01 Apr 2005

Dear Peter,

I happen to have written a spec on this subject for an architect yesterday and I figured you might find it useful as it includes the answer to your question.

Specification for surface preparation on a painted pre-1970 building: All painted surfaces to be repainted should either be assumed to have a paint lead content greater than 1% or they will have been tested at a laboratory with NATA accreditation for analysis of lead in paint. For example Sydney Analytical Laboratories - ph 9838 8903, or the slightly more expensive NSW Health Dept Division of Analytical Laboratories (DAL) at Lidcombe - ph 9646 0424 - or the much more expensive Australian Government Analytical Laboratories (AGAL) - ph 9449 0111. The collection of the paint samples should be carried out by a competent person and if no-one is available who has the experience of sample collecting, then preferably the competent person would precisely follow the instructions given in the Do-It-Yourself Lead Safe Test Kits available from The LEAD Group - to collect samples of paint (and soil and dust). The cost of the kit includes lead analysis at Sydney Analytical Laboratories. Any surface coating to be removed which contains more than 1% lead in the paint must be done so in accordance with AS 4361.2 1998 Guide To Lead Paint Management - Part 2: Residential And Commercial Buildings. The work should be carried out by Lead Trained Contractors who are listed for your area as "Paint Contractors With Some AS: 4361 Training (NSW, Outside Sydney Area)". Or Painters With Lead Paint Management Training - NSW

The contractors would be required to have blood lead testing prior to commencement of the paint removal work and following its completion, in accordance with "Control Of Inorganic Lead At Work - National Standard for the Control of Inorganic Lead at Work [NOHSC:1012(1994)] - National Code of Practice for the Control and Safe Use of Inorganic Lead at Work [NOHSC:2015 1994)"

Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien

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