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QUESTION: Australian legislation dealing with artists use of white lead paint 10 Mar 2008 Australia

Dear Sirs,

What are the Australian legislation concerning the use of lead white paint for professional artists and restorers?

Can we still buy and sell artists paint that contains lead carbonate? Are there special packaging requirements?

Thank you very much for your time.

best regards,


ANSWER: 10 Mar 2008

Dear Carolien,

Thank you for your enquiry regarding legislation in Australia covering use of lead white paint by artists and restorers.

There is no specific ruling at a federal level dealing with Artist's paints. However the state of NSW (NSW) has rules under the OH&S (Occupational Health and Safety) Legislation of 2001 covering hazardous materials. If the product is being imported suppliers must provide labelling. An emergency number needs to be provided, and the hazardous material (in this case Lead or Lead Carbonate) disclosed. A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) needs to be provided by the employer using the product containing the hazardous material to their employees in that workplace. The occupational hazardous material level for lead in Australia is 1% or more.

This information was sourced from NSW WorkCover, which is a NSW government agency dealing with OH&S Issues in the workplace.

The other states of Australia have their own OH&S acts of legislation which are similar but different.

Hope that this is of some help to you and feel free to email again if you have more enquiries.

Also provided as an attachment is our Customs document regarding Import of products containing Lead.

Ewan M. McDonnell Volunteer Research and Information Officer

Update 2013. See: GUIDE TO THE PACKAGING LABELLING and REGULATION OF PAINTS, TINTERS AND RELATED PRODUCTS Therapeutic Goods Administration, National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee, effective 1 June 2007,

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