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Lead in Paint

Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) collaborated with the Foundation for Consumers to publish information about the Global Study on Lead in New Decorative Paints and the testing results in Smart Buyers magazine. The issue highlights EARTH's opinions, the general situation about lead in paint in Thailand, some updates about the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and an introduction to IPEN.

The Rama Hospital Press release is a document made and distributed by the Children Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Center (CSPIPRC) to the press on February 10, 2010, which was the day Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) held a press conference. The main text of the document briefly reports on the study ‘Risk of Children Exposed to Lead in Paint and the Possible Solutions: A Medical Study of Bangkok Metropolitan’s Pre-School Child Care Centers”. The researchers were Dr. Chantima Jaiphan and Asso. Prof. Dr. Adisak Palittapholkarnphim from CSPIPRC.

A study of new household paints sold in Dar es Salaam and other parts of Tanzania found that many paints contained lead. The study found lead in 26 paint samples out of 26 tested (100%). All enamel paint samples exceeded permitted lead levels for paints in the USA, while all plastic paint samples were found to have lead concentrations less than 90 ppm (USA permitted level). This is believed to be first study of lead in paints conducted in
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.