Lead risk work

Lead risk work notification

You must notify us of any lead risk work within 7 days of the risk determination or if a determination in unable to be made. This applies even if the work is short-term, such as abrasive blasting of lead paint from a structure.

The notification includes providing the notification form as well as a written copy of the risk control measures to minimise worker exposures to lead.

You must also advise us in writing of any changes to the information provided in this notification, either before or as soon as practicable after becoming aware of the change.

Emergency services organisations must notify us as soon as is practicable if lead risk work was determined to be carried out in the course of a rescue or administering first aid.

Removing a worker from lead risk work

Worker removed from lead risk work notification

If you remove a worker from carrying out lead risk work as a result of health monitoring, you must notify us if:

  • for the period up to and including 30 June 2021, the worker’s blood lead level is, or is more than:
    • 50 μg/dL (2.42 μmol/L) for females not of reproductive capacity and males
    • 20 μg/dL (0.97 μmol/L) for females of reproductive capacity
    • 15 μg/dL (0.72 μmol/L) for females who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • from 1 July 2021, the worker’s blood lead level is, or is more than:
    • 30 μg/dL (1.45 μmol/L) for females not of reproductive capacity and males
    • 10 μg/dL (0.48 μmol/L) for females of reproductive capacity
  • the registered medical practitioner who supervised the monitoring recommends that the worker be removed from carrying out the work
  • there’s an indication that a risk control measure has failed and, as a result, the worker’s blood lead level is likely to reach the point where they would be removed from carrying out lead risk work.