Lead Painted Ceiling Beams at Alexandria High School, Sydney

The year is 2018!

Are you going to sit back and watch the next generation of working men, women and children head to the same fate of lead related problems of yester years?

Alexander High School took the bull by its horns, identified the problem, called in the experts who meticulously resolved the problem.

As a matter of fact we know there are lots of schools in Sydney, NSW and Australia wide with hazardous lead paint flaking off classroom walls,  carpeted or none carpeted assembly halls even dining rooms... please see short quotes below on lead related problems and recommendations depending on Priority Ratings 1-3.

So let’s all get together as it is important we acted yesterday, because today is too late....

School Assemply Hall

Typical School Assembly Halls.
Lead flaking off the walls and crumbling into the carpet.
Children playing happily without knowing the danger.

Lead Flakes falling of the wall

Lead Paint Flakes are falling of walls and ceilings


School Ceiling Beams
Ceiling Beams at a School Renovation
Lead Paint Identified
Applying of Heritage No1
Applying Heritage No1 on Beams
Cover Heritage No1 with paper to extend the effect
 Heritage No1 Working
Heritage No1 doing its job.
Lead Paint with Heritage No1
Lead Paint with Heritage No1 scrappings
Stripped of Lead Paint
Clean Heritage Wood Beam stripped of all Lead Paint
Clean Beam
Ready for Oiling or Staining
Job Completed
Ready to complete the ceiling and feature the clean beams


Priority L1: Immediate Elevated Risk Level

Damaged or deteriorated paint membrane, which due to its present condition and location, presents an immediate health risks. Immediate control measures are required and the area containing this material should be isolated from personnel. Abatement of this particular hazard is strongly recommended at the earliest practicable time.

Priority L2: Potential Elevated Risk Level

Paint membrane showing signs of deterioration and weathering which if left will continue to deteriorate and require more extensive abatement. Control measures to stabilise this material should be initiated as a priority, with formal abatement of the hazard being considered.

Priority L3: Negligible Risk under Present Conditions

Stable paint membrane, which is in good condition and/or covered by a lead-free paint membrane which is also in a good condition. It is recommended that these materials be maintained in good order. Reassessment of the priority rating will be required if planned works are likely to have an impact on these materials.

Quotes on Problems and Toxicity about Lead Paint

“Lead Paint – Lead poisoning is a top Environmental Health Hazard for young children, affecting as many as 1.7 million children age five or younger. Adults exposed to high levels of lead, usually in the workplace, are also at risk” — Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.


“Lead Kills 674,000 People Every Year Globally”. Even LOW level of lead is HARMFUL.


“Lawsuit launched against the school for Lead Paint Poisoning in Victoria.


A shocking new report from Safe Work Australia shows that despite painters being at high risk of cancer, more than 30% continue to use no PPE when sanding or burning off lead paint, and sanding fibreboard.


Lead is a health hazard. It is stored in your bones and teeth, and it may damage many parts of your body, including your liver, kidneys and your brain. Lead in paint can be dangerous if paint dust, flakes or fumes are swallowed or breathed in.


Young children are at the greatest risk. They absorb the lead when they touch contaminated dust or soil and then put their fingers or toys in their mouths. Children are still growing and they can absorb up to half the lead that they swallow. Adults absorb only about one tenth.



• Children: Poor development of motor abilities and memory; reduced attention span; reduced spatial skills; anaemia; poorer performance at school; colic and gastric problems; and behavioural problems.

• Pregnant women (unborn babies): exposure to lead can be harmful because the unborn baby is exposed to lead in the mother's blood. Complications from high levels of exposure include premature birth, low birth weight, or even miscarriage or stillbirth. The effects of lead exposure continue after birth and can result in impaired learning and mental ability.

• Adults: hypertension; joint and muscle pain; cramps; anaemia; nausea; gastric problems; sleep, concentration and memory problems; headaches; and osteoporosis.

A single exposure, like eating a leaded-paint flake the size of a five-cent piece, can increase blood-lead levels for several weeks.


The World Health Organization (WHO) calls lead paint “a major flashpoint” for children’s potential lead poisoning and says that “lead paint is one of the largest sources of exposure to lead in children.” Children are exposed to lead, when painted surfaces deteriorate over time and contaminate household dust and soils. Children, ages 0-6, ingest the lead present in dust and soil by engaging in normal hand-to-mouth behaviours.

A child’s brain undergoes very rapid growth, development and differentiation during a child’s early years, and lead interferes with this process. Moderate lead exposure during early childhood years has been linked to an increased likelihood of impaired cognition and executive function, impulsiveness, aggression and delinquent behaviour. Brain damage caused by chronic, low level exposure to lead is irreversible and untreatable.

Evidence of reduced intelligence caused by childhood exposure to lead has led WHO to list “lead-caused mental retardation” as a recognized disease.

WHO also lists it as one of the top ten diseases whose health burden among children is due to modifiable environmental factors?

Ref: Lead Safe Paint


How Can Governments Help Ensure Safe Paints? Governments can address the problem of lead in paint by establishing a legal framework that controls the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of lead decorative paints and other paints likely to contribute to human lead exposure. Establish a mandatory legal limit reflecting the strictest standards in the world (currently 90 ppm total lead limit for all paints) or lower. Require that brands meet the Lead Safe Standard or an equivalent third party certification of the lead content of paints with provisions that ensure a robust verification scheme and avoid possible conflicts of interest (to safeguard against undue influences). Utilize the Toolkit for Establishing Laws to Control the Use of Lead in Paint produced by the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint. Develop public or private institutes with laboratory accreditation for analytical testing of lead in paint. Require that government agencies and contractors purchase only certified Lead Safe Paint® products. Ban or severely restrict the import of lead chromate pigments and other lead-based paint ingredients. Join the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint and participate in International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action each October.

Ref: Lead Safe Paint