Many surfaces painted before the 1960s could contain significant lead; although this applies mainly to wood and metal surfaces. Lead pigments, either as a white pigment (lead carbonate/lead sulphate) or sometimes as a colouring pigment (lead chromes) were widely used in decorative paints applied in houses and other buildings (schools, hospitals etc.). Although leaded paint has not been used for many decades old lead painted surfaces can still be found, and can represent a possible source of exposure.
Under The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002, we carry out strict testing procedures in our laboratory and assess all risks associated with each individual site allowing us to be fully aware of what precautions are needed before any work can commence.
We also offer a lead testing service should a client require one for any building.