Lead Paint Management
Lead has been used for industrial paint primers for more than 100 years. Though usage declined in the early 1980’s, it is still present today on many structures due to its popularity prior to this time. It is likely to be present on structures built before 1970. In many cases, these structures may have lead-containing paint covered by more recently non –lead-containing applied paint.
With certified ‘Responsible Persons for Industrial Lead Paint Management’ as part of our team, IPCQ has the expertise to safely & accurately test for the presence of lead-containing paint.
Where lead-containing paint is identified, IPCQ can offer a range of management solutions giving our clients the surety that work will be carried out safely and interruption free.
Ultimately, IPCQ will conduct a thorough risk assessment in conjunction with the client or asset owner to determine the most appropriate management strategy. Options can include:
- Over Coating - when lead-containing paint is adhering tightly to the substrate and showing satisfactory film integrity and it may be contained on the structure/item for an extended period of time by over coating it.
- Spot or Localised Repair - where a structure/item is exhibiting coating breakdown and may be repaired.
- Total Coating Removal & Replacement - where existing coating is completely removed and a new protective coating is applied to the structure/item.
Even where paint removal is involved, IPCQ have the ability to utilise alternative methods of removal to ensure best possible outcomes including zero harm to people, the environment and the public. These can include:
- Hand & Power Tool Cleaning
- Vacuum Blasting
- Chemical Stripping
- High Pressure Water Blasting
- Abrasive Blasting
- PCCP accredited (class 5A & 5B – Hazardous Coatings (Lead) Management)
Current regulations and relevant Australian Standards set forth strict requirements for the management, removal and disposal of lead-containing paint. IPCQ’s comprehensive management procedures are accredited under the CSIRO’s PCCP (Painting Contractors Certification Program) which was started in 1992 as a joint initiative between the Commonwealth (as a major owner of assets and infrastructure) and industry. These systems are designed to meet or exceed legislative requirements and will mitigate exposure risks including those posed by airborne contaminants.
Depending on the Management Solution, IPCQ tailors our containment systems to meet the requirements of the overall project. This can include full encapsulation whereby IPCQ will generally utilise scaffold or other structural items in conjunction with a containment sheeting product. This will enclose the structure or item, protecting the environment and keeping the work area isolated. Joins and entrances are sealed and regularly inspected. Fire retardant containment sheeting can also be supplied where required. Alternatively, IPCQ can also complete works under negative air pressure.