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Lead Policy

Control of Lead Policy

The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 (CLAW) are relevant to all activities carried out on the University campus where lead or lead compounds might be disturbed, displaced or released into the atmosphere, whether that be through maintenance or research activities. This includes metallic lead, its alloys, and all its compounds (including lead alkyls) whether as discrete materials or as a component element of another substance or material (such as a paint or a solder).

Lead presents a significant health risk to individuals and is a cumulative toxin. Individuals can be exposed if they breathe in lead dust, fume or vapour, if they swallow any lead, or, in some instances, through skin absorption. The Regulations place a duty on employers to prevent, or where this is not reasonably practicable, to control employee exposure to lead.


Heads of Departments are responsible for the implementation of this Policy within their respective Departments and for its communication to their staff and students as appropriate. This requires the use of lead or lead compounds in a research setting to be approved by the Director of Health and Safety, before it is acquired or brought into the University.

All staff and students within departments must comply with this Policy and the associated arrangements, instructions and guidance on lead safety.