If you are a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (“PCBU”) that owns or manages a building constructed before 1980, it’s highly likely that it will contain lead-based paints.

PCBU’s are required to identify hazardous substances in the workplace. If you haven’t already done so, you should consider engaging a specialist to undertake a lead survey to identify the presence, location and condition of lead-based paints in your building. This will help inform those who are about to undertake works that could disturb this hazardous material, preventing possible lead exposure and complying with New Zealand regulations.

Disturbance can occur as a result of undertaking simple tasks such a building wash or minor paint repairs. Recently, Maynard Marks was engaged after a tenant notified the property owner that one of their windows would not close so the landlord organised the repair. The contractor sanded the window, without realising it contained lead-based paint, and this resulted both in him being exposed to lead and the contamination of the property and the tenants’ possessions. What was supposed to be a simple repair job turned into a costly contamination event.

A lead survey could be a stand-alone report or form part of a wider hazardous material survey. If appropriate, it could also be completed in conjunction with an asbestos survey, resulting in cost savings.

If you’d like to find out more, or engage our specialist environmental consultants to undertake a lead survey on your building(s), please get in touch on T: +64 (0)9 912 2550 or E: office@maynardmarks.co.nz