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Lead (Pb) Safety

Lead is a toxic metal which has been used throughout this century in such building materials as paint, pipes, solder, radiation shielding and noise barriers. To control both occupational and environmental exposure to lead dust or contamination, lead-containing materials must be identified and properly managed.

UVa Policy: Lead-Based Paints Management

UVa's Lead-Based Paints Management Policy includes the following:

  • Testing for lead in drinking water
  • Identification of lead-containing paint or other building materials prior to renovation/repair or demolition activities
  • Lead abatement project design, inspections, and air monitoring by trained professionals
  • Analysis of lead paint waste to determine toxicity and insure disposal