Recommendations on Work Procedures
WorkCover has advised building contractors engaged in ceiling and other repair work to adopt the following procedures, in order to minimise health risks from exposure to the lead normally found in ceiling dust.
These procedures include:
The sealing of any openings between living areas of the dwelling and the ceiling void prior to the commencement of any work to prevent dust entering the living area.
The use of vacuum cleaners fitted with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters to prevent the release of any lead dust while it is being removed.
Reference: Assessment of Lead Exposure Associated with Ceiling Dust Removal Final Nov 1999 PDF by Lee, John; Schreiber, Rolf; & Finn, Helen; Scientific Services, NSW WorkCover Authority, November 1999.
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