Lead Remediation

At present in both NSW & the ACT a licence to remediate/removal dusts contaminated with lead, lead paints does not require a specific licence, however as the removal remediation of these items is conducted in a very similar manner to that of asbestos, contractors with that experience and licencing are considered equal to the task. An Australian Standard is available that being AS/NZS 4361.2 2017 Guide to Hazardous Paint Management, this is in two parts, Part 1 deals with industrial type applications and Part 2 Commercial & Residential.The WHS Regulation is quite detailed in the legislative requirements for ‘lead risk work’

 The latest WHS Act 2011 & Regulation 2011 clearly show the responsibilities of the owner, employer & employee to provide a safe place of work. There are various guidelines in place and any Lead Contamination Work (as defined by the Regulation 2011) requires that the Regulatory Authority be notified.

Health Monitoring for employees working on/in a lead Contamination environment is quite stringent, mainly requires blood testing every 3 months, again this is defined in the Regulation.

Empire Contracting have been involved in Lead Contamination Work since they commenced business, in fact the very first project completed was for a prominent Sydney Local Council for the removal of dusts containing high levels of lead.

The type of containment procedures required for some lead Contamination work have a number of synergies related to asbestos removal and as such it is a ‘good fit’ within the company.

Many of the Empire Contracting clients have issues with lead contamination whether lead paint, lead contaminated soils or dusts containing lead and as such we can and do provide assistance in these areas.

The experience within the company extends way before Empire Contracting and with the use of numerous types of removal processes.


Lead Paint

Quite often the lead paint which requires removal is associated with buildings of a heritage nature, as a consequence removal can be a very sensitive issue, with, in most cases trying to limit damage, if any to the substrates.



Approved applicator of the Peel Away system, this can be solvent based or organic dependant generally on the density of the paint being removed and the type of substrate.



We do have the expertise to carry out the removal using a number of high powered blasting systems, such as Grit Blasting and Bi Carbonate of Soda blasting, both these methods require controlled conditions, generally full containment structures and positive pressure respiratory protection.


Lead Contaminated

Dusts Roof Cavities

This type of contamination is quite common near or within industry that pre dates companies being environmentally responsible, this is also very common near or adjacent to major arterial roads and railways.

The decontamination of these areas or those areas of a similar nature is carried out using very similar techniques used for friable asbestos removal.

The disposal of these types of dust generally differ from asbestos removal disposal, the environmental consultant should certify the type of disposal required.


Lead Contaminated Soils

The lead within soil is generally caused by industry ‘pollution’ mainly through the many processes of manufacture, however it also is known that that exterior wall liningss that have been painted with a paint containing lead and become severely deteriorated may well also contaminate the soils. In most cases the soils are removed to a depth where contamination is no longer evident, this is a very expensive operation but necessary should the building in question or the land that it sits on is to be used for any other purpose.

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