This course specifies the outcomes required to treat lead paint and asbestos hazards, including removal of lead-based paints from surfaces, encapsulation and the control of associated hazards and is designed for painting contractors working on commercial and residential lead paint removal projects
The course includes:
8 hours theory on-line and 4 hours on-site
You must be a qualified painter with a minimum 4 years experience or Trade Certificate.
Every painter trained to implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices has a duty to the community, client, employees and themselves to faithfully implement the requirements of AS/NZS Guide to Hazardous Paint Management and the additional requirements of local agencies with responsibilities for the environment, waste disposal, public health and workplace health and safety.
Responsibilities Of Painters Qualified in Safe Lead Paint and Asbestos Work Practices
Contractors who undertake the removal management of lead based paint in accordance with AS/NZS Guide to Hazardous Paint Management are required to demonstrate competence.
The National Institute of Painting and Decorating, in partnership with the non-profit government funded Lead Group, maintains a free data-base of painters who have completed the course and are qualified.
Students should be aware of their responsibilities to maintain the integrity of what they do. When dealing with hazardous materials, the issue of legal liability for breaches of the standard are very serious. Taking short-cuts can render the contractor liable, not only to fines under Workplace Health and Safety and Environmental legislation, but also to civil action for damages for negligence.
Those who undertake lead abatement work who are not qualified are now liable for substantial penalties. If you as an qualified contractor are losing work to unqualified competition, you should give serious consideration to reporting unqualified practitioners to the Lead Group or the National Institute of Painting and Decorating.
Qualified Lead Abatement Contractors have a responsibility to maintain the integrity and professionalism of the program.
Australian Standards and their absolute adherence are essential to ensure the protection and safety of people living and working in residential and commercial buildings.
HISTORY OF LEAD USED IN PAINTS
In order to recognise where lead based paints may be encountered, it is important to understand:
Why lead was included in the composition of paint
The age of buildings likely to have been painted with lead based paints.
1. Lead pigments functioned as a colouring agent. White lead was once the principal white pigment used in paints. Lead was also commonly present in red, orange and yellow pigments based on lead chrome.
2. Lead salts are a drying agent; it speeds up the drying time of a paint film.
3. Lead pigments also contributed durability to paints. In consequence its use was once popular in primers, undercoats and exterior quality paints.
The only way for the painter to be sure that they are not dealing with lead based paints is to carry out an approved testing procedure.