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16 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Experts for regulation to ban lead in paint

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Experts for regulation to ban lead in paint

Experts at a workshop yesterday (Monday) called for forming rules and regulation on an urgent basis to ban lead content in household paint. It was organised by the Environment and Social Development Organisation (ESDO) at its headquarters in Mohammadpur. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sultan Ahmed, director general of the Department of Environment (DoE), said: “To protect the environment and public health in Bangladesh, it is an urgent need to ban lead paint.”

He said although the Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution (BSTI) has already published a Statutory Regulation Order (SRO) on the acceptable standard of lead content in paint which is below 90 ppm, “we are still struggling for a regulation in this regard.”

Dr Ahmed said of particular concern is the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children.

“Even though there is wide recognition of the harmful effects of lead and many countries have taken action, exposure to lead, particularly in childhood, remains of key concern to health care providers and public health officials worldwide.”

He said an important source of domestic lead exposure, particularly in children, is paint containing high levels of lead. These paints are still widely available and used in many countries for decorative purposes, though good substitutes without lead are available.”

ESDO chairperson and former secretary, Syed Marghub Murshed, said: “The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint was formed in 2011 to promote the phase-out of the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead and eventually to eliminate the risks that such paints pose.

He said in Bangladesh ESDO has been working since 2008 on awareness raising activities and policy advocacy on the issue of "Ban Lead Paint". It has been leading the country to have a standard and move towards a regulation.

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