The new Lead Management System (LMS) was introduced in 2010 with the intention of improving the way local authorities managed their public housing estates by improving the relationship between them and the neighbourhood residents. The main aim was to reduce the generation of unnecessary waste and also improve the effectiveness of the HET (Health, Housing and Training) practice that had previously been seen as having a negative impact on the health and safety in our communities. To date, the local government in Hamilton and the rest of the UK have implemented a range of measures to implement the new system, including the creation of a national Mould Testing Hamilton to oversee the new measures and also the establishment of the Lead Management System (LMS), which has come into force from this date.
The creation of the LMS has seen a significant increase in the number of property owners who are now reporting for the inspection of their properties. This is because the Hamilton area has seen a noticeable rise in the number of cases where the owners of buildings are refusing to get their properties tested for lead based paints. The increase in the number of properties requiring Lead Management Systems has also seen a parallel increase in the number of complaints being made to local authorities regarding poor health and safety in buildings. As a result of all this, it is clear that the Hamilton area has taken on an increased role in ensuring that it complies with the latest health and safety standards.
Currently the scheme for lead and asbestos testing in the UK runs alongside the national Home Information Packs (HIPs) scheme. Both of these schemes work together to ensure that property owners have the necessary information and protection to inform residents about the dangers associated with lead paint, which has also been linked to cases of lung disease and nervous breakdown in young children. If you feel that your property may need the testing of any materials, you should contact your local property safety officers and enquire whether they have a list of approved contractors. If they do, then you can request that your properties are tested before moving into them.