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QUESTION: Re: your Comprehensive Lead test Kit. Is this a do it yourself kit? 25/05/12 New South Wales, Australia

 Hi can you please give more information on your Comprehensive Lead test Kit.

Is this a do it yourself kit?



ANSWER: May 25 2012

Hello Jeff,

please see the factsheet on our kits at:

DIY - sampling / lab analysis lead kit

Our kits involve DIY-sampling, not DIY-testing. So you collect the samples yourself, then post them to our lab; the lab sends us the results and we write a report to tell you what the results mean and what to do about any high results.

If you just want to test paint, rather than the full range of sample types you can test with our kits (water, dust, soil, toys, ceramics) then the colour change kits that are available from good hardware stores or paint trade stores or direct from Master Painters Australia (MPA) are fine, though you need training to be able to interpret the MPA ones or any kit that changes colour to grey. Also, you should keep in mind that a positive result with these kits is quite reliable, especially if the industrial paint was made prior to 2010 or the residential paint you're testing was made before 1990, however a negative result on such paints, cannot be regarded as reliable, according to the federal environment department. Thus, the DIY-testing kits are fine if you use them as a screening test and all your results are positive, but when you get a negative result, it is recommended that you have the sample tested at a lab to confirm that it truly does contain less than 0.5% lead.

If you have any other questions don't hesitate to call us.

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O'Brien, Manager and Zac Gethin-Damon, Administrator

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