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Lead Paint Alliance - Focal Areas of Work

Health Aspect

Health AspectsThe adverse health effects of lead are well understood. Lead is associated with negative outcomes in children, including impaired cognitive, motor, behavioural, and physical abilities. Providing tailored information to various stakeholders on the health effects of lead paint is a critical element in building advocacy, political will and acceptance of the importance to eliminating lead in paint and addressing legacy issues.


Environmental Aspects

Environment AspectsThe objective is to establish global common guidelines regarding the best environmental practices using best available technologies that are applicable to all countries regarding lead content in paint and how to minimize or eliminate exposures from lead in paint.

 Normal weathering as well as repair, renovation, and painting activities that disturb lead paint can contribute to lead loadings in soil and dust. Such increased lead concentrations in soil or nearby water sources can affect the health of aquatic and terrestrial animal life.


Outreach to Industry

outreach to industryThe paint and coatings industry, on a global basis, has annual sales of approximately 85 billion (USD).  Although the top multinational companies account for a large percentage of the total market, there are thousands of small and medium-sized paint producers that operate locally.
The paint industry is expected to grow in the coming years, with the greatest increases in paint production expected in Asia.  Markets in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Latin America have projected a growth in paint production from 2 to 6 percent per year in the near term.
While most major markets around the world have greatly limited or even eliminated the use of lead and/or lead compounds in paint, these compounds continue to be found in paint and coatings products in developing markets.


Legislation & Regulation

Legislation & Regulation Despite overwhelming evidence that lead paint can be a major source of lead poisoning, it continues to be sold in many countries. Effective legislation and regulations are needed to protect children and other vulnerable populations from exposure to lead in housing and to protect workers involved in activities associated with remediation of lead-based paint hazards and in other construction-related activities and paint manufacturing.


Workers' Health

Workers HealthJust as lead can cause profound and permanent adverse health effects of adults and children, it has even more impact on worker’s who handle the paints. Those working with lead-based paints are chronically exposed and can accumulate larger doses of lead in their bloodstream, leading to anemia and neurological disturbances. There is also evidence that chronic occupational exposure to lead may also contribute to the development of cancer.