Wakaflex share why you should review lead flashing in your company ‘Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it’. W. Churchill'
What does history tell us about lead?
Globally, lead poisoning accounts for:
- 853,000 deaths globally per year
- 9.3 percent of idiopathic intellectual disabilities
- 4 percent of heart disease
- 6.6 percent of strokes
Have we learnt from this?
To truly say that we have learnt from the past, we need to make changes to ensure that the same causes don’t create the same outcomes.
So what changes have we seen?
- Lead has been banned from paints
- Lead has been banned from fuels
- Lead has been banned from household piping for plumbing
But lead has still not been banned as a roof flashing material.
The way forward for construction over the past 10 years there has been a consistent transition away from using lead towards lead-free alternatives in the construction industry.
The construction companies that make the switch are conscious of:
• The toxicity of lead: employees suffering from lead poisoning, and home owners in dwellings that have toxic water run-off.
• Save on the installation costs: for every nine million install, lead-free flashing can save you up to $50 in wastage material, and $50 on labour costs.
In the past 100 years, we’ve seen the introduction of the internet, the mobile phone, DNA fingerprinting, and now we’re looking at sending mankind to Mars... yet some construction companies are still using a toxic material that was used by the Romans.
Maybe it’s time to review the lead free alternative, and make a switch to the quicker, easier, lighter, and safer option; Wakaflex. Find out more wakaflex.com.au