In May 2022, the G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers recognized lead pollution as a burden on human health and the environment globally and expressed their strong commitment to reduce lead in the environment and to reduce the disproportionate lead exposure in vulnerable communities.
Now IPEN experts will present our work to document and eliminate lead threats and vision for solutions to lead poisoning at a G7 workshop in Berlin from 9-10 November 2022. IPEN Science Advisor Dr. Sara Brosché will speak on a plenary session on “Approaches to Address Lead,” and IPEN’s Lead Paint Elimination Campaigner from the Philippines Jeiel Guarino will speak on a breakout panel on lead in paint, to examine the existing challenge of lead paint around the world and discuss how G7 (and G20) can contribute to addressing this situation.
Efforts by the G7 countries can support and promote lead poisoning prevention in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), including preventing childhood lead exposure. The organizations listed below call on all G7 member countries to strengthen domestic regulatory frameworks and support lead poisoning prevention efforts through the following actions:
It is generally believed that the most common, intentional use of lead compounds is in solvent-based paint because of its chemical properties. IPEN has therefore conducted studies focused on lead in solvent-based paint sold for home use together with NGO partners in almost 60 countries since 2009. However, very little research is done in relation to lead content of water-based paint.
EcoWaste Coalition, IPEN seek stringent enforcement of lead paint law
Thursday, 20 October 2022
Quezon City, Philippines - Paints containing lead above the legal limit continue to be exported from China and Thailand to the Philippines despite a national ban on such paints to protect children, women and workers from the harmful effects of lead exposure.
From September 2020 to September 2022, the EcoWaste Coalition collected 100 samples of aerosol paints (also called spray paints) that are marketed for general use in the Philippines, particularly as touch-up paint for bicycles, cars, household appliances, ornaments, and toys, as well as a material for school projects.
50 IPEN Member Groups from 40 Countries Join International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week’s Call to “Say No to Lead Poisoning”
Thursday, 20 October 2022
IPEN and 50 of its member groups from 40 countries will join the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, a joint program of WHO and UNEP, for International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) this October 23-29, emphasizing the urgent need to protect children’s health through global action to eliminate the use of lead paint. IPEN is a founding member of the Alliance and a member of its Advisory Board.
More than 50 participating organizations of the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) from over 40 countries are taking part in the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) on October 23-29, 2022.
In an article for Asia Pacific Coatings Journal (APCJ), the leading trade magazine for the coatings industry in Asia, IPEN Senior Adviser Jack Weinberg and Jeiel Guarino, IPEN Lead Paint Elimination Campaigner describe the need for and effects of stricter global rules to end the trade in lead chromates, the pigments used in lead paint.
Lead paints were banned in many wealthy countries decades ago, but they are still widely used in many countries. The WHO says that lead paint continues to be one of the largest sources of domestic exposure to lead in children, and doctors and scientists agree that there is no safe level of lead exposure.