Lead and house paints

Paint containing lead was used in many Australian homes prior to 1970, but those built more recently may also present a risk to your health.

Exposure to lead is a health hazard. Even small amounts of dust or chips of paint containing lead, generated during minor home repairs, can be a health risk.

Anyone painting a house or doing maintenance that could disturb paint containing lead should avoid exposing themselves and their families, neighbours and pets to its hazards.

Lead alert: The six step guide to painting your home guidance Department of the Environment and Energy