Lead is a hazardous substance which if breathed in or swallowed
can have serious health implications. Although lead is no
longer used in todays paints, it can be present in
properties built before the 1960s. Care must be taken when
painting in older properties but it is only an issue if
the surface is flaking, chipping, or disturbed in any way.
- If the surface is in a good condition or protected already
then it is safer to leave it undisturbed.
- If surface is not in a good condition, do NOT scrape,
sand or disturb. Use a lead testing kit for a simple indication
of lead presence. Available from trade stores and some
- To be absolutely sure if lead-containing paint is present
on a surface, the paint needs to be tested by a specialist
lab or a professional decorator (Details and further advice
can be obtained from UKAS 020 8917 8400 or the
Painting & Decorating Association: 024763 53776)