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PRESS CONFERENCE :Dangerous Lead at Our Home,19th November, 2013, at 3.00 pm

Lead (Pb) is a metallic element and is highly toxic in all its form. The health effects of lead exposure can include neurological damage, reduced IQ, anemia, nerve disorders, and a number of other health problems. The effects of lead are most severe in children, and at high concentrations, lead poisoning can cause death. It is dangerous to such an extent that exposure to even small amounts of lead can reduce a child’s intelligence and studies have shown that lead poisoning can cause increased violent behavior.

According to WHO, it is estimated that 143 000 deaths per year result from lead poisoning and lead paint is a major contributor to this. Dangerous levels of lead have been found in samples of household decorative paints.

Most paint companies in India sell household paint which contains unsafe levels of lead according to a new study by Toxics Link titled, “Lead in India's Enamel Household Paints”. This report presents new data on the lead content of household paints for sale on the Indian market. This is the fourth time that the paints have been analyzed to determine their lead content in India. Previous studies were conducted in 2007, 2009 and 2011. This report will present detail findings from this most recent round of analyzing household paints for lead content and compare these results with results from previous studies.

The report also presents background information on why the use of household paints with high lead content is a source of serious concern, especially to children’s health. And it proposes recommendations for taking action to protect children and others from lead in paint.

We cordially invite you to join an in-dept deliberation on the above findings and much more on the issue.

Date: 19th November, 2013 Time: 3:00 p.m. Venue: Women’s Press Club, 5, Windsor Place, Ashoka Road, New Delhi - 110001

Organised by: Toxics Link

Regards,

Rambha Tripathy

Mobile No :+91-9811175042 Phone No:+91-11-24328006

Email Id :rambha@toxicslink.org

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