Lead Level in Paints a Se­ri­ous Threat

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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-

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