Health & Safety
Uzimet has, in its more than 100 year existence, always been concerned with health, safety and sustainability. In the past years we learned much more about the way lead can be processed and applied safely and with limited risks for your health and the environment. Therefore you find here more information to ensure everyone can continue to enjoy the marvellous material called lead.
Code of Practice
Lead sheet is an excellent long-term, low maintenance construction material with a low environmental impact. However, it is important to ensure that simple guidelines are followed to ensure that lead sheet is used responsibly so as to minimise any potential health and safety impacts.
As a member of the European Lead Sheet Industry Association (ELSIA) Uzimet has signed the Industry Voluntary Product Stewardship Code of practice to ensure that the health, safety and environmental aspects of our products are responsibly managed throughout their lifecycle.
Working safely with lead sheet
When used and disposed of properly, lead sheet poses little risk to health. However there are important principles of health and safety that will help to protect the health of workers installing lead sheet products.
An assessment of risks of exposure must be carried out BEFORE any work with lead or lead products is undertaken. If there is a risk of exposure, correct working practices, proper controls and the appropriate safety equipment should all be established and available before work proceeds.
The ELSIA leadworker safety guide provides simple, easy to implement steps on how to work safely with lead sheet.
Further information on how to work safely with rolled lead sheet in construction can be found in an e-book developed by the UK Lead Sheet Association (LSA) and from the U.K Health & Safety Executive.
Recovery and recycling of scrap and waste
Lead sheet scrap and waste must not be sent to landfill and must be collected and sent to approved scrap merchants for recycling. The following list provides a simple guide on what to do with off cut material or old lead sheet recovered from demolition or construction work:
• Use appropriate health & safety precautions old lead sheet can be hazardous to health
o A dust mask and gloves MUST be worn at all times
o Any dust should be removed with and industrial vacuum cleaner and placed in sealed bags or containers
• Ensure that lead waste is segregated from other materials and stored ready for collection
• Scrap lead should not be transported in open vehicles and must only be taken to approved scrap merchants
• Vehicles transporting scrap lead must be thoroughly washed and cleaned after use
Safety Data Sheets
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are a well-recognised way to provide health and safety information to professional users. While not a legal requirement for architectural lead sheet, ELSIA has produced SDS to help our customers handle lead sheet safely.
Uzimet is committed to the highest standards of environmental management and employee health and safety. Our production facilities have been audited and comply with both ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety management system)