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Toolbox Talks: handling lead

You may already be aware of, or been part of, our Toolbox Talks: information and guidance we offer for customers on all aspects of working with lead. We thought it would be useful to include summaries in our newsletter going forward so this valuable information reaches an even wider audience. For the first of our Toolbox Talks we have provided a straightforward guide for all those working with our products on the safest ways of handling lead.

It is important not to become complacent when it comes to lead handling as exposure to airborne lead fumes or dust can be harmful to health. But by following basic guidelines the health of anyone manufacturing or installing lead sheet products can easily be guarded against these risks.

Here at Midland Lead we work hard within the organisation to ensure best practices when handling lead are adhered to, we also encourage all our customers and contractors to follow these guidelines to remain safe and healthy.

First of all, when transporting lead on to site it is vital to remember that the density of lead means that even the smallest of lead rolls can be very heavy. Unless you’re absolutely certain that you can lift a roll of lead without undue effort then do not attempt to do so on your own. If you’re unsure at all, either ask another person to assist and insert a strong steel bar through the roll then lift or use approved mechanical handling equipment.

When it comes to working with lead our top tips include:

If you would like to arrange a Toolbox Talk, please contact us on 01283 224 555