Lead-based paint

If lead-based paint is uncovered, it is a hazard and must be removed.

Your health and safety responsibilities

Keeping people safe from the hazards like lead-based paint is part of your overall health and safety responsibilities.

We recommend you review your school’s health and safety systems against the 11 key components of an effective health and safety system:

This will help you meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (external link) .

Dealing with lead-based paint

Some schools have old layers of lead-based paint on buildings. This is not a problem if buildings are painted regularly and old layers are never exposed. However, it is a problem if lead-based paint is exposed when sanding for repainting or alterations.

You should only use contractors that know the procedures for identifying and managing lead-based paints.

Uncovered lead-based paint is a hazard

If lead-based paint is uncovered, it is a hazard. You must manage it according to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (external link) .

It is important that students and staff are not exposed to the paint while it is being removed. For example, isolating the work site and carrying out the work outside of school hours.

Further guidance:

Paying to remove lead-based paint

The costs of removing the lead-based paint must be paid from the project funds.

Further information

Go to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (external link) .

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