Lead Level in Paints a Serious Threat
One of the reasons for your child having learning or attention disorder could be the colourful walls of your house. According to the study the level of lead in the paints sold here is dangerously high and this is a serious threat to young children and pregnant women. It should be noted that while lead exposure is otherwise also harmful to adults, the same harms children at much lower levels, and the health effects are generally irreversible and can have a lifelong impact.
Lead in Enamel Household Paints in India,
Conducted by Toxics Link, the tests found that 32 of 101 enamel paints (from 64 brands) analysed had lead concentration above 10,000 parts per million (ppm), which is way above the prescribed BIS standard of 90 ppm. All these 32 paints are manufactured by small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Toxics Link began studying the lead content of paints sold in India in 2007 and since then most paint brands with the largest market share reduced lead content (less than 90 ppm) in most of their paints. Brands representing 60–70 per cent of total market share now sell paint that would meet the most stringent regulations anywhere in the world. This demonstrates that paint with low lead content can be produced cost-