Lead testing

Lead in dust & soil

Lead deposits are often found as dust in ceiling spaces, or in soil. Lead in dust or soil is often there as a result of previous refurbishment, but it can also be due to:

  • Atmospheric deposits (e.g. from previous lead petrol use)
  • Lead residue from nearby industrial sites (e.g. smelters)
  • Other lead paint removal projects nearby

If you suspect you may have found lead in dust or soil, it's important to have a sample tested straight away.

Lead in paint

How likely are my premises to contain lead in paint?

If your premises were built before the 1980s they may contain white lead (lead carbonate) – a common white pigment used in paint before 1980, which contains more than 1% lead.

Before 1980, white lead paint was mainly used on exterior building surfaces, interior doors and architraves. Undercoats and primers often contained as much as 20% lead.

Red, yellow and orange lead-chrome pigments were also used on interior walls, but were less common.

Lead testing and surveys

If you suspect you've found lead in your workplace, whether in paint, dust or soil, it's important to get an answer quickly so you can minimise lost productivity and avoid exposing your employees to risk.

Airsafe is here to help. For over 30 years, we've been helping companies in Sydney and NSW identify and deal with hazardous materials like lead. Our rigorous quality systems mean we meet all government requirements around lead testing, so you can relax in the knowledge that our testing is 100% accurate. 

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