Rules for working with lead

Lead sheet has been used successfully for centuries for roofs and façades thanks to its extreme durability and the unique cold-forming properties of the material. The sheets can be pleated flexibly in situ and easily adapted to structural features. This is true of both untreated lead sheet and of coated and refined products from Röhr + Stolberg.

The lead is processed in line with technical regulations formulated by the Gütegemeinschaft Saturnblei e.V. jointly with the Central Association of German Roofing Contractors (ZVDH) and the German Central Association for Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning (ZVHSK). We demonstrate the basic techniques such as the production of the different pleats, lead dressing or welding in our training videos. If you would like to know more about working with lead sheet, we recommend our training courses.

To work with lead correctly, some simple rules of hygiene should be observed:

  • the use of gloves when working with lead ensures a firm grip as well as protecting against injury or contamination.
  • Swallowing lead particles, compounds or solutions must be avoided. It is important to always wash hands thoroughly before meals and prior to smoking.
  • The inhalation of lead dust and vapour must be avoided. Welding or soldering should only be done outdoors or in well ventilated rooms, therefore. A mask must be worn in areas where dust and smoke are produced.
  • Contaminated workwear should be stored and washed separately from other textiles.
  • Surface treated lead sheet products are not only available in a wide range of finishes and colours, but also provide additional safety during working thanks to their hygienic sealing.
  • Lead is a compact, heavy material. Rolls weighing in excess of 25 kg should never be moved by just one person.



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