Earlier this year, the ministerial segment, "Healthy Environment and Healthy People", was held as part of the second United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi.
Why Environment ministers talk about Environment and Health? Because globally 12.6 million people die prematurely due to environmental causes, like chemicals contamination, water-borne diseases, and air pollution.
Tanzania Bureau of Standards’ Acting Director General, Engineer Edna Ndumbaro, has announced that Tanzania plans, over the next four years, to remove all paints with lead substances from the market.
In addition, government representatives from Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to work to revise the lead limit of the current East African Community (EAC) standards on various types of paint to 90 ppm total lead.
EcoWaste Coalition Press Release: Watchdog Pushes Paint Companies to Speed Up Phase-Out of Leaded Decorative Paints (“The clock is ticking for the phase-out of leaded decorative paints”)
Quezon City. “The clock is ticking.”
As the phase-out of lead-containing paints used for architectural, decorative and household (ADH) applications looms, the EcoWaste Coalition, a watch group on chemicals and wastes, reminded concerned manufacturers to hasten their shift to non-lead paint production.