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QUESTION: We recommend that you use any ADRA contractor. 11 Dec 2007 NSW, Australia

 Our house was built in 1970.  We are seriously thinking of having ceiling dust extraction but don't know who to contact for a quote and safe job.  Went on ADRA website and found "Lead Alert" and "Attic Vac" who were recommended and are both relatively near us.  Would you recommend either of these?  Also, roughly how much does it cost?  Our son has slight eczema (had him allergy tested and he is allergic to dust mites (great!) and cockroach excrement.  Would you recommend I have his lead levels tested?  He is 10 and his sister is 8.  I try to clean the house as best I can but have recently noticed dust coming down through our downlights.  Also, we did a home extension (owner builder) about 5 years ago and did absolutely nothing regarding lead awareness - pretty scary.  Can you help?‍

ANSWER: 25 Jan 2008

Dear Madam,

We recommend any of the Australian Dust Removalists Association members at and I understand that the usual price is around $10 per square metre. I'm really pleased that Lead Alert did the ceiling dust removal for our office and I'm looking forward to having Demand Insulation do the ceiling dust removal for my home (just to spread the work around!) These two companies are the founding members of the association and provide the President and Treasurer of ADRA respectively.

In the US it is policy to test every child annually up until the age of 6 and in the UK it is policy to test any child of any age who has a learning difficulty, developmental delay or is on the autism spectrum etc. Australia has no policy but we recommend that people of any age should have a blood lead test every 5 years including anytime they have a medical checkup and opportunistically whenever blood is being taken for another test.

I hope this helps.

All the best

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O'Brien,

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