Old Lead Paint - HSE Guidance
22 February 2018
Most Lead Based Paint was banned from sale in the United Kingdom to the general public in 1992, apart from for specialist uses. Prior to this lead compounds had been used as the pigment and drying agent in different types of paint, for example brick and some tile paints. Source – Wikipedia.
Health effects of lead poisoning on children. Lead can have serious consequences for the health of children. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and even death. However it is very much under-advertised as a potential health threat.
Due to the serious health issues that can come from exposure to lead paint the HSE has provided guidance on those that may come into contact with the substance (dust or fumes). These include construction workers, maintenance workers and builders but also those working in older buildings such as schools, council properties, hospitals and older housing etc. This guidance is available to download from http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis79.pdf