Safety precautions when repainting and renovating your home
Before you start renovating, read the six step guide to painting your home (PDF 856KB) and watch the video below for a basic overview and description of the methods for removing lead paint safely.
Take precautions to protect yourself and your family from lead exposure if repainting or renovating.
- Testing it is important to find out if lead-based paint is present in your home.
- Consider using a professional painter who is trained in lead-paint management and removal, particularly for large areas.
- Consider covering lead-based paint with lead-free paint instead of removing it, but only if it is in good condition (for example, not flaking or chalking). This is only a temporary solution as lead-based paint can be exposed if the covering paint is chipped.
- Relocate children and pregnant women out of the house for the duration of the renovation and clean-up. Do not carry out renovations that may expose you to lead-based paint or other lead fixtures if you are pregnant.
- Consider using a professional painter who is trained. Find an experienced contractor:
- Seal off the work area to stop contamination moving to other areas of the house.
- Remove all furnishings, curtains, rugs and other household items. Carpets and larger furniture items should be covered with plastic.
- Cover the floor or ground with plastic sheeting to catch and contain debris.
Protect yourself and others
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment and wash clothing separately from other items after use.
- Do not use renovation methods that create dust or fumes such as grinding, blasting, using torches and heat-guns, scraping and dry sanding. Wet scraping, wet sanding and chemical stripping help reduce the amount of airborne dust.
- Prevent ingestion of paint particles by not eating, drinking or smoking in the work area.
- Keep pets out of the renovation area for their own safety and to prevent transfer of dust and debris throughout the house
- Prevent soil and garden contamination when working on the outside of your home or disposing of renovation waste.
- Inform neighbours of your activities so they can take appropriate action.
- Clean using a HEPA filter equipped vacuum and wet mopping.
- Dispose of contaminated waste material safely. Prevent contamination of your garden and drains. Contact your local council for local requirements for waste disposal.
- Test the work area after clean-up to make sure it has been done correctly.
Video: How to Remove Lead Paint Safely
Video by Painters Institute