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Lead in paint

                                    Give your child the gift of health in this Diwali, “Say no to Lead Paints” 
New Delhi, 25 October, 2018: Coinciding with the festive season in India, Governments, paint industries and environmentalists across the globe are also getting together this week (October 21-27,2018) for the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action calling for protection for
the children aged 0-9 years old. 
 
The World Health Organization lists lead exposure as one of the top ten environmental health threats globally. Lead paint, a major source of childhood lead exposure, can cause permanent and irreversible brain damage in children. Lead exposure, from all sources, is also responsible for a higher percentage of adult mortality than previously thought. In alignment with the global actions to eliminate lead from paints, India has adopted the Regulation of Lead Contents in Household and decorative Paint Rules in
2016. 
 
“Despite the implementation of the above rule since November 2017,  Toxics Link study on Lead in paints 2018 found high lead content in the paint samples manufactured by many small and medium paint producers in India,”. The maximum level of lead content is found to be above 1, 70, 000 ppmwhich is much higher than the prescribed standard of 90 PPM. Further the survey also found that the retailers are unaware of the current regulation and no surveillance mechanism in place in the country to comply this regulation said Satish Sinha, Associate Director of Toxics Link  For the above-mentioned study, Toxics Link collected samples from Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Jharkhand and Manipur. The study observed
very high lead content in the locally available brands which are mostly manufactured by SMEs.
 
Theresults of the test samples and survey are as follows. 
- A total of 32 paint samples were analyzed in the study
- Varied levels of lead (i.e. 15 ppm to 199345 ppm) were observed in all tested samples
- High level of lead is also being detected in paints which are labeled as “no added lead” 
- Most of the retailers are not aware about lead in paint regulations
- Very low level of  consumers‟ awareness  about lead in paint and its health impacts 
 
Further, Toxics Link did a survey also of the consumers and the retailers and found that most of themare not aware about the lead in paints and the underlying health hazards. The survey revealed that the poor people are mostly buying the lead containing paints as the high income group people prefer the well known brands where the lead level is below 90 ppm. Thus the poor are at the receiving end and are possibly getting impacted by lead from paints. “It is quite unfortunate that some of the paint samples though labeled as „no added lead‟ but lead level detected are more than 90 ppm, said Dr. Prashant Rajankar, Program Coordinator at Toxics
Link. 
 
“The Government should set up mechanism for enforcing the rules and push for raising awareness among the stakeholders to eliminate lead from paints in the country completely considering its  impact on human health especially children‟s health. After all, health is wealth and nothing matters more than the well-being of your loved ones,” stated Piyush Mohapatra, Senior Program Coordinator, Toxics Link.  
 
Have a safe festive season! 
Key Points of the Study and survey 
- A total 32 samples were analyzed in the study
- Varied levels of lead (i.e. 15 ppm to 199345 ppm) were observed in all tested samples
- 20 out of 32 cans were produced after the implementation of „Paint Rule 2016‟
- 8 cans (5 brands) out of 20 were labeled with „no added lead‟ 
- 5 of 8  paint cans observed lead levels between 101 ppm and 41165 ppm and
- Only 3 paint samples complied with the „Paint Rule 2016‟ (observed to have less than 900 ppm of lead)
- Most of the retailers are not aware about the lead in paint regulations
- Many of the retailers are still keeping the old paint stocks which cannot be sold after November 2018 and they have no information what to do with these paints.
- The consumers‟ awareness level about lead in paint and its health impacts is extremely low all across the country
- Marginalized groups (low income group) prefer to buy lead containing paints compared to the high income groups. Majority of the high income group people prefer to buy leading brands (lead levels below 90 ppm). Thus the poor are at the receiving end and are possibly getting impacted by
lead from paints 
 
About Toxics Link (www.toxicslink.org)
Toxics Link is an environmental research and advocacy organization set up in 1996 by The Just Environment Charitable Trust. It lays a special emphasis on reaching out to numerous grassroots groups; community based organizations and the public at large through its empirical study-based information on environmental issues. Toxics Link works closely with all other stakeholders who are working on similar issues and has played a seminal role in facilitating the development of several common platforms for them at the national, regional as well as international levels. 
 
 
For interviews and further information, please contact: 
 Piyush Mohapatra, Sr. Programme Coordinator
piyush@toxicslink.org : 9873453242 
 
 Ipsita Baishya, Communication Coordinator
 
 Dr. Prashant Rajankar, Program Coordinator
 
Toxics Link, H2 (Ground Floor), Jungpura Extension, New Delhi 110014
T:+91-11-24320711, 243280006 F:+91-11-24321747 

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