Lead based paints have since long been associated with elevated blood lead levels in children and a cause of serious health concern. Scientific evidences have established that children are the most vulnerable population and can be seriously impacted even at very low levels of lead in blood. The adverse effects of lead exposure in children include intellectual and behavioral deficits making lead exposure an important public health concern with huge social and economic cost to nations.
A recent report released in November 2013 by Toxics Link “National Report - Lead in India’s Household Enamel Paints” found the average lead content in paints to be 22,800 ppm. None of these paints would qualify for sale on the international market. Only 26 paints had low (below 90 ppm) lead concentrations, which are as per the international standard.
Many countries across the world have either phased out lead from paints or have restricted its use. In December 2013 Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) revised the standards for lead in decorative paints to 90 ppm, in line with the international standards.
Toxics Link has been working on the issue of Lead in Paints since 2006 and campaigning for lead safe paints in India as well as in South Asian region. As part of this campaign, Toxics Link is organizing a half-day roundtable meet with various stakeholders on 4th June 2014 (Wednesday) at Seminar Hall – 2, India International Centre, New Delhi.
Venue: Seminar Hall – 2, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi - 110003
Date: 4th June, 2014
Contact: Shivani Bhakhry
Sr. Program Officer (email@example.com)