THE 6TH NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK OF ACTION: 21ST TO 27TH OCTOBER 2018
Lead in paint was identified as one of the major emerging policy issues during the second International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in 2009. The ICCM launched the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint under leadership of the World Health Organization and UN Environment in order to protect human health and the environment. The goal of Lead Paint Alliance is to voluntarily focus and catalyze the efforts of diverse stakeholders to prevent children’s exposure and minimize occupational exposure to lead in paint.
The overall objective is to establish legal limits and phase out lead in paint by the year 2020, and eventually eliminates the associated risks. This undertaking is comparable to previous concerted international commitment to encourage national regulatory actions to eliminate leaded petrol. It is in this context that the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action takes place annually on the third week October from 2013.
- Encouraging governments to enforce national legal limits on lead in paint.
- Encouraging industries to stop the manufacture and sale of lead paint.
- Increasing awareness of the health and environmental risks posed by lead paint, to prompt actions by governments and manufacturers to stop the production and sale of lead paints.
- Increasing and diversifying the number of Lead Paint Alliance partners.