Lead paint removal from Tasmanian bridges

The Tasmanian Department of Transport is responsible for the management of some 120 steel bridges, with about half of those having been originally protected from corrosion with lead based paint systems. An increasing awareness of the adverse effects of lead on health and the environment has led to strict controls on repainting processes. The paper describes the development of the Department's lead abatement practices and procedures, the lessons learned, and the substantial progress made to date with about one quarter of bridges treated to date and work having commenced on the fourth annual lead paint removal contract. An important element of the successful execution of the contracts has been the preregistration of contractors to ensure the quality work is achieved. For painting contractors, a prerequisite is accreditation to the Painting Contractor Certification Program. These measures have resulted in sharp increases in the standard of workmanship leading to expectations of increased repainting intervals.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 129-38
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01437013
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0855884959
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 8:15PM