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IPEN Press Release

Study Highlights Need for Comprehensive Lead Paint Regulations to Protect Children’s Health 

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action Observed in 40 Countries 

(Gothenburg, Sweden) Children’s playgrounds in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, and Thailand have been revealed to contain painted equipment with lead levels above 90 ppm, the recommended limit by UN Environment Program. Playgrounds containing dangerously high levels of lead exceeding 10,000 ppm were discovered in four of the countries studied. The concerning data was released during the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week  (October 20-26, 2019) spearheaded by the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint that is observing its 10th anniversary this year. Environmental health experts say the data underscores the ongoing need for strong lead paint bans that is inclusive not just of decorative paints, but all types of paint irrespective of use.

IPEN Participating Organizations (POs) in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines and Thailand visited children’s playgrounds and measured lead content of the paint used on a total of 166 pieces of equipment using a portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer. This screening was conducted to investigate if lead paint was used at these playgrounds and to raise awareness around the prevalence of playgrounds with dangerously high levels of lead. 

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IPEN Press Release

Quezon City, Philippines (October 24, 2019) – IPEN, an international non-profit leader on environmental health and chemical safety, announced today that paint products manufactured by Sycwin Coating & Wires, Inc. (Sycwin), a leading paint manufacturer from the Philippines, have been certified under the Lead Safe Paint® standard. Sycwin is the world’s first company to have its industrial paint brands certified lead-safe in conformity with the approaching phase-out period for industrial paints in the Philippines at the end of the year. The certification encompasses its entire portfolio of architectural paints, including PureCoat Premium, WeatherGard, Sycwin, PureCoat Advance, Minnesota, Delaware, Alabama, and Kansas, as well as industrial paint brands Guilder and Illinois – 10 brands and 590 products in all.

Durante el mes de septiembre del año 2019, se visitaron 8 parques con juegos infantiles en los municipios de Zapopan y Guadalajara en el estado de Jalisco, México.  

En cada parque se examinaron los juegos infantiles encontrados: columpios, casitas, trenes, juegos para trepar, changueros, sube y bajas, resbaladillas etc. Se documentaron sus colores, estado físico de desgaste de las superficies pintadas y su tipo de sustrato.

In August 2019, 10 playgrounds in Penang and Kedah states in Malaysia were visited. In each playground, painted play equipment (e.g., climbing bars and frames, posts, railings, ramps, rockers, see-saws, slides, swings, etc.) were examined and physical details, e.g., colour of painted surface, substrate type (metallic, wooden, plastic, fiberglass, etc.), and the condition of painted surface (new, old, visible chipping off or flaking) were observed and documented.

Between September and October 2019, the Nexus3 team visited 32 playgrounds in Jakarta, Indonesia. In each playground, painted play equipment (e.g., climbing bars and frames, posts, railings, ramps, rockers, see-saws, slides, swings, etc.) were examined and physical details, e.g., colour of painted surface, substrate type (metallic, wooden, plastic, fibreglass, etc.), including the condition of painted surface (new, old, visible chipping off or flaking) were documented.

On 30 September 2019, EARTH visited Benjakitti Park and Lumphini Park located in Bangkok City, Thailand, and screened the playground equipment for lead content. In each playground, painted play equipment (e.g., climbing bars and frames, posts, railings, ramps, rockers, see-saws, slides, swings, etc.) were examined and physical details, e.g., color of painted surface, substrate type (metallic, wooden, plastic, fiberglass, etc.), and the condition of painted surface (new, old, visible chipping off or flaking) were documented.

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