International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action is an annual event held each year to raise awareness of the hazards of lead and lead paint, in particular. In October 2016, events to mark the week were held in at least 42 countries. Thirty-three of these events were organized by IPEN NGOs. Read IPEN's newsletter about the 2016 Week to see what took place around the world.
East Africa is racing against time to phase out paints with high content of lead additives.
The East African Community (EAC) requirement provides for 100 parts per million (ppm) of lead content for paints used in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan, to be complied with within three years.
Quezon City. Twenty paint companies are now producing architectural, decorative and household (ADH) paints free of health-damaging lead-based-pigments, driers and anti-corrosion agents.
The EcoWaste Coalition, a chemical safety and zero waste watch group, revealed the good news after receiving written responses from paint manufacturers confirming their compliance with the three-year phase-out period for lead-containing ADH paints that ended last December 31, 2016.
IPEN, in coordination with the Centre de Recherche et d’Education pour le Développement (CREPD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, hosted a Central and West Africa Workshop on the Development of National and Regional Regulations and Standards on Lead in Paints in Yaoundé, Cameroon.