Immediate Action + Emergency Response

IF YOU HAVE A LEAD PROBLEM YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW BIG IT IS. That’s when you need to give us a call. If you can explain the background to your particular situation, we can talk you through the most appropriate way to proceed.

If there is an immediate exposure risk to your workforce, or there are others in the vicinity who could also be affected, EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. IDENTIFY & ISOLATE OR CONTAIN THE SOURCE OF EXPOSURE IF POSSIBLE. A thorough decontamination and clean-up of personnel, property ad equipment should then follow.

Accidental Exposure Risk,
Clean-up & Clearance Testing

IF YOU OR OTHERS WITH YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL as a result of any high heat working that may have caused the release of TOXIC LEAD FUME or VAPOUR, STOP WORK IMMEDIATELY!


Isolate the exposure source if you can.

Remove yourself and others from the affected area. Change out of contaminated clothing (if you can) or vacuum clean what you’re wearing before washing face, arms & hands thoroughly. BEFORE CLEAN-UP make sure you know how this should be done properly & how to make sure that it has been…

Wait at least 2 hrs for airborne lead dust to settle before attempting any clean-up with HEPA filtered ‘hazardous material’ rated vacuum extraction equipment and wet mopping. For re-assurance and clearance testing call us on 0207 118 0988.

DIY + Self-Test Products

Exposure Risk Screen
Initial Identification
3M LeadCheck™
LeadPaint Hazard Initial Identification

LeadCheck™ kits provide a quick and easy, low cost ‘DIY’ self-test to give you an initial indication of the presence of lead-based paint.

WARNING: LeadCheck™ kits should only be used as a preliminary’screen’ or indicative test. They do not produce conclusive results. Although useful to identify areas for ‘paint on surface’ sampling and subsequent off-site analysis, they do not satisfy the legal requirement to quantify lead hazards on commercial projects.

Most importantly they’ll indicate the probable need to plan for managing ‘significant’ worker lead exposure issues, including Blood Lead Levels (BLLs) & Personal Air Monitoring

  • Blood Lead Levels (BLLs) & Personal Air MonitoringLead Paint Hazard Reduction & Lead-safe Work Methods
  • Lead Paint Hazard Reduction & Lead-safe Work MethodsLead Dust & Lead Contamination Control and Containment
  • Lead Dust & Lead Contamination Control and ContainmentLead Contamination
  • Lead Contamination Clean-up & Clearance/Re-assurance Testing

On-Site LeadCheck Swabs

Buy a pack of 2 – £19.95
Buy a pack of 4 – £34.95
Buy a pack of 8 – £49.95

Measure to Manage

Paint-on-Surface Samples to XRF-i Analysis

Non-Destructive XRF-i Analysis of in-situ Paint + Dust

Exposure Monitoring of Blood, Air + Dust

Off-Site XRF-i‘Paint-on-Surface’ Sample Analysis

If you can send us ‘Paint-on-Surface’ samples (which may have tested positive already with a LeadCheck™ kit) we’ll provide rapid analysis, presented in a summary report. This will provide information to help you start to consider everything from: treatment, removal and remediation options; to exposure risks and work methods; hazardous waste management and site clearance issues.

These help to quantify potential worst case ‘significant’ lead exposure risks, but for tested areas only. Unless representative sampling can be achieved, which is unlikely on all but the smallest projects, reported results will fall short of a lead survey. ‘Paint-on-Surface’ sampling for Off-Site XRF-i is useful to guide the proportionate implementation and provision of:

  • Blood Lead Levels (BLLs) & Personal Air Monitoring
  • Lead Paint Hazard Reduction & Lead-safe Work Methods
  • Lead Dust & Lead Contamination Control and Containment
  • Lead Contamination Clean-up & Clearance/Re-assurance Testing

Off-Site ‘Paint-on-Surface’ sample analysis provides XRF-i lead survey ‘equivalent’ results, when low volume but conclusive testing is required. It is generally only applicable to small jobs or for those where time and distance are an issue and conclusive results are critical.

Case Study: When the operator of a nuclear power station needed URGENT definitive lead paint analysis, we were able to report the results within one hour of receiving couriered samples from the north of England – at midnight on a Friday!

By adapting to technical progress, state-of-the-art X-Ray Fluorescence ‘isotope’ (XRF-i) technology can now be used for a complete analysis of ‘Total Lead’ in lead containing materials (LCMs) ‘as found’ on-site.

For projects where limited sampling is enough, LabXRF-i analysis is a very cost- effective approach, especially if you’ve used LeadCheck™ Swabs to identify those areas of paintwork which should be analysed.

However, if you need around 30 samples or more, it makes sense to think about commissioning a more extensive On-Site XRF-i lead paint survey.

Traditionally, if you wanted to quantify lead in paint levels, you’d obtain samples and send them to a laboratory for analysis and subsequent reporting. With little or no control of the quality of samples they receive, most laboratories have no choice but to analyse samples on an “as received” basis. As a result laboratory analysis of lead in paint levels is generally reported as a percentage (%) lead content, which is of limited use beyond absolute confirmation of the presence of lead in paint content.

When you’re trying to work out appropriate containment provision, work method selection, likely airborne lead dust levels and hazardous waste considerations you need to know more than a lead content ‘%’ figure can provide. Knowing the ‘total’ lead content, referenced to the area size of a sample – as provided by LabXRF-i or SiteXRF-i analysis – is a much more useful measure.

The Control of Lead at Work Regulations, 2002 (‘CLAW’) require consideration of “the amount (of lead) involved” for risk assessment purposes. This is not something that can be ‘guesstimated’ or risk assessed without meaningful quantitative data – from LabXRF-i and SiteXRF-i lead surveys and analysis.

On-Site XRF-iNon-Destructive Lead Paint & Dust Survey

On-Site XRF-i lead surveys are the only way to determine the full extent and variability of lead paint levels on a project. Portable XRF-i analysis lends itself to testing 100s of areas in a fraction of the time you’d need to obtain enough paint flake samples for ‘traditional’ laboratory analysis. If you want ‘suitable and sufficient’ data for robust risk assessments, portable XRF-i lead paint surveys are the answer.

They’ll allow you to fully quantify the severity and extent of project-wide ‘worst case’ worker lead exposure risks, to allow for the proportionate implementation and provision of:

  • Blood Lead Levels (BLLs) & Personal Air Monitoring
  • Lead Paint Hazard Reduction & Lead-safe Work Methods
  • Lead Dust & Lead Contamination Control and Containment
  • Lead Contamination Clean-up & Clearance/Re-assurance Testing

SiteXRF-i on-site lead surveys are setting new standards. They deliver the most extensive and comprehensive lead data and exposure risk insights available. A full refurbishment and demolition survey can be completed without damaging a single painted surface.

Hand-held XRF-i devices are the successful result of miniaturising long-established ‘bench-top’ equipment. This ‘new’ technology was originally developed for the non-destructive analysis of in-situ lead-based paintwork for childhood lead poisoning prevention purposes but now sees increasingly widespread use in occupational settings.

When the required extent of ‘paint-on-base-material’ sampling for LabXRF-i analysis gets beyond a certain point (usually around 30 samples) SiteXRF-i on-site lead surveys are the only viable alternative and deliver superior value-for-money.

Numerous recipients of ‘traditional’ lead survey reports find themselves calling us for clarification/ interpretation of their results, given as a percentage, only to find that the data they have will not meet their needs.

Case Study: Employees from an Environment Agency depot could not get their own internal laboratory to extract meaningful information from its own results, so called us for advice.


Over the years we have seen examples of would-be clients, for whom we’d provided SiteXRF-i lead survey quotations, instructing others to undertake the work – but based on ‘traditional’ analysis and reporting. However, it emerged that large parts of some of those reports were copied from previous versions of our own. This may be flattering but is both fraudulent and flawed.

FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT: ‘Traditional’ lead surveys and reporting are no match for the scope, value and insights provided by LabXRF-i or SiteXRF-i lead surveys and analysis. The different approaches produce two very different types of report which are incompatible. This is not a mistake that is repeated once Clients appreciate the true value of a SiteXRF-i-based lead survey report.

Luckily for us, this has often resulted in us being commissioned to carry out ‘repeat’ lead surveys.

Putting it all Together

Training + Awareness
Risk Assessment (RAMS) Review
Exposure + Contamination Monitoring
Clearance Testing + Certification
Lead Register

Lead exposure risks require health surveillance and biological monitoring. Once lead paint is confirmed and you expect to damage or disturb it as part of any repair, refurbishment, construction or demolition-related activity, you’ll need to comply with legal requirements to: provide training & information (to tradesmen & any occupants present); monitor airborne lead & employee blood lead levels (SalivaCheck); dust/contamination control & welfare provision…

Prices available on application