|Lead Aware Times Volume 1 No. 1 ( ISSN 1440-4966)|
By Elizabeth OBrien, Manager, Lead Advisory Service (LAS) NSW
Leichhardt Council has recognised its responsibilities in the area of Building and Development Consents and has shown what can be done by an informed and committed Council.
As a result of problems experienced with a Building Application and issues raised by residents in respect of lead contamination, Council employed a consultant to devise a standard condition for building works to be provided on all future Building and Development Consents.
Residents of Leichhardt have contacted the Lead Advisory Service to thank Councillor Neil Macindoe, Stuart McDonald (the Director of Environmental Management) and Graham Foster (General Manager) for all the hard work they put into organising a new lead-aware Demolition Condition.
Other lead-aware initiatives of Leichhardt Council that pleased residents were a move to have all childrens playgrounds assessed for lead and a new policy on stopping works where sanding / grinding or water-blasting was being carried out on pre-1970 buildings without containment or HEPA vacuuming.
Unfortunately Leichhardt Council could not put into its policies that you should use licensed or approved contractors, because there is no system for the approval or licensing of lead abatement contractors or lead assessors (see Topic 8: Hiring a Lead Safe Contractor).
Leichhardts Standard Condition for Lead-Safe Demolition Work
Unless tested by a person with suitable experience and expertise and shown to be otherwise, buildings constructed before 1970 are assumed to:
Demolition is to be conducted in strict accordance with, but not limited to, sections 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 3.1 and 3.9 of the Australian Standard 2601 1991, demolition of structures. The following measures must be undertaken:-
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