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Asian Lead paint Eliminaton project partners gathers in Kandy
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Permissible maximum lead content

(Effective date January 2013)

  • Paints for Toys and Accessories for Children (soluble in HCI acid) 90 mg/kg Enamel Paints 600 mg/kg
  • Emulsion Paints for Exterior use 90 mg/kg
  • Emulsion Paints for Interior use 90 mg/kg
  • Floor Paints 600 mg/kg

Gazette Extra Ordinary No 1725/30 on 30 th of September 2011-

 
 
 
15th May 2013, IPEN initiated Asian Lead paint Elimination Project partners gathers in the hotel Tree of Life in Kandy, Sri Lanka, from 15-19th to share the project experience. They come from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Sweden, the United States and Sri Lanka. The goal of the project is to eliminate lead in paint by year 2020.
 
Switching to un-leaded paint workshop
14th May 2013, CEJ organised workshop for the small and medium paint manufacturers today to assit them switching to un-leaded paint. reperesentatiives from IPEN, and partner organisations of EU funded Asian lead Elimination Project also participated this event.
 
Awarness for the SMEs held
30th Oct 2012, CEJ organised a workshop to educate Small and medium Manufacturers(SMEs) engage in paint manufacturing on the new regulations on the 30th October 2012. SMEs are having difficulties since they were not aware the new law to ban lead paint by January 2012. 
However they all feel that lead paint eradication is necessary considering its health impacts to the children.
 
Switch Asia- Lead paint Elimination project launched
02nd October 2012, (Sri Lanka) the European Union (EU) funded IPEN Asian Lead Paint Elimination Project, launched a special event Yesterday, October 2nd  2012 (Tuesday), at Gall Face Hotel in Colombo 03. The Project aims at eliminating lead in paint and raising widespread 
awareness among business entrepreneurs and consumers about the adverse human health impacts of lead-based decorative paints, particularly on the health of children under six years old.
 
Centre for Environmental Justice was instrumental in bringing new lead paint standards. The new regulations required all emulsion and child paint(toy paint) to limit the lead(Pb) level to 90 ppm and the enamel and floor paint to limit to 600ppm.
 
Mandatory Lead in paint standards gazetted
olombo , Sri Lanka . 12 th October 2011. The Consumer Affairs Authority has been published the standards for lead in Paints as a responding to the Fundamental Rights application filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) in the Supreme Court , Sri Lanka, on 14 th February 2011 seeking 
the Consumer Affairs Authority and others to formulate suitable regulations to compel the manufacturers and distributors to comply with the international standards relating to the presence of Lead in paints considering the serious health impacts caused by adding lead to decorative paints.
 
Double standard of the paint Industry
Toxicks Link once again found high levels of lead(Pb) in some of the biggest paint brands. According to the report over 63 percent of the paint samples studied in India, Nepal and Bangladesh had lead content above 90 parts per million (ppm) permissible in the US. Alarmingly, 
in 44 percent of the samples, the content exceeded 1,000 ppm limit in India. According to Ravi Agarwal the tests revealed that some companies are following the standards of lead concentration in India but the same companies are manufacturing paints with high lead concentration and sending to Nepal and Bangladesh. Overall, all shades of yellow and orange have been found to contain the maximum lead concentration with a cumulative average of 48,500ppm across brands.
 
Press Release - Paint manufacturers must protect children’s health- Appeal to recall all leaded paints in the market
“Instead of pin pointing faults of the research, paint industries have a moral responsibility to test their products themselves and bring down the levels of heavy metals including lead, to the acceptable standards for protecting the health of children in Sri Lanka” says Hemantha Withanage of the Centre for Environmental Justice.
 
Press Release- Mandatory Standards necessary for decorative paints in Sri Lanka
Mr. Hemantha Withanage, Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Justice said that “current SLS voluntary standards are not sufficient for curbing lead in Paint. We are very concern about the silence of the Government agencies. It is our understanding that the Consumer Affairs Authority, Ministry of Health and Nutrition, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and Sri Lanka Standards Institution should take actions to provide MANDATORY STANDARDS and to ENACT REGULATIONS for manufacturers to comply with.” 
 
Lead in Decorative Paints - By Chamali Liyanage 25/02/2010 The Island
Lead is a metal with no known biological benefit to humans (WHO). It is also common knowledge that lead is added to paints to speed drying, increase durability, retain a fresh appearance, and resist moisture that causes corrosion.
 
Too much lead in paint
A recent research conducted by the Toxics Link, in Collboration with the Centre for Environmnetal Justice found very high levels of Lead in decorative paints available in Sri Lanka. The level is as high as 137,000 ppm. According to Sri Lanka Standard Institution permissble level is 600 ppm for Enamel paint and Zero in Emulsion paint.
 
Why Lead is bad?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognized lead as prime toxic. It impacts over 40 million children worldwide, over 97 percent of whom live in developing countries. Lead poisoning statistics show there are still a high number of people adversely affected by the metal’s harmful effects, but these lead poisoning statistics may not even be a real indicator of how serious the problem is (Online lawyer source). The primary source of lead exposure among children is from lead-based paints and lead-contaminated dust and soil that are found in and around old, deteriorating buildings.
 
What you need to know about lead poisoning?
LEAD is recognized as a prime toxic and Lead poisoning is the most common among all the heavy metal pollutions. One of the major sources of exposure to Lead is Lead-based paints. Lead is added to paints (decorative and industrial paints) to speed up drying, increase durability, retain a fresh appearance,and resist moisture that causes corrosion.
 
                   
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