PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free Marine Industry Coating Systems eResource Book

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


EU Backs Philippines’ Anti-Lead Push

Thursday, June 26, 2014

More items for Coating Materials

More items from Asia Pacific

Comment | More

The European Union is throwing its support behind an effort to eliminate lead and mercury exposures among millions of Filipino schoolchildren.

The EU and three government agencies of the Philippines announced a "solidarity statement" Tuesday (June 24) to commit to taking steps to protect schoolchildren from the hazards of lead and mercury exposures. The plans include reducing the use of lead paint and products with mercury.

With the EU's support, the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Education. and Department of Health are launching a nationwide campaign that aims to "promote greater inter-agency and multi-stakeholder support towards lead and mercury-free school environments for Filipino children," said DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje.

ecowastecoalition.blogspot.com

EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux (left) and DENR Secretary Ramon Paje (right) signed a "solidarity statement" to protect school children from the hazards of lead and mercury exposures.

"Chemical safety and security must be a priority of the schools," Paje said. "Administrators, supervisors, teachers and students alike must work together to ensure that these chemicals are handled with precaution and care."

The European Union is a sponsor of several major initiatives to eradicate lead paint in Asia.

Managing Lead in Schools

The signing ceremony for the campaign, called "Lead- and Mercury-Safe Schools for Bright and Healthy Kids," was held at Commonwealth Elementary School in Quezon City, the Philippines.

The school was the regional champion in the elementary-school category of the DENR's National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools in 2011 and 2013 and national champion in the same category for the Meralco Energy Leadership Awards.

Also taking part in the event were EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux and representatives of the Eco-Waste Coalition and the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network of over 700 non-government organizations whose objective is to eliminate persistent organic pollutants (or POPs).

Paje said he hoped other schools would be inspired to commit to a healthy and safe environment and added, "The true wealth of a nation can only be truly realized through a healthy and educated generation and citizenry."

SWITCH-Asia

Paje said that with the help of the SWITCH-Asia Programme, the Eco-Waste Coalition and IPEN, the government can strengthen the ability of schools to manage lead, mercury and other hazardous chemicals.

The SWITCH-Asia Programme, developed by the EU, aims to promote sustainable products, processes, services and consumption patterns in Asia by improving cooperation with European retailers, producer and consumer organizations and the public sector.

SWITCH-Asia includes a Lead Paint Elimination Project to contribute to global efforts to eliminate decorative lead paint. The project targets consumers and manufacturers of paint in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

Asia Regional Paint Report March 2014, IPEN

A 2013 order will prohibit the use of lead and its compounds in consumer products and set a standard content of lead in locally produced paint in the Philippines.

Architectural paint with lead is still widely available in Asia, according to a report that found 803 paint cans from 404 brands across seven Asian countries had "extreme levels" of lead in paints sold for household use in developing countries.

Focus on Government Policies

The program also aims to bring attention to government policies on these chemicals, such as the DENR Administrative Order No. 2013-24, "Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds," which Paje issued last year.

The order prohibits the use of lead and its compounds in locally produced consumer products, from manufacture to packaging, importation, sale, distribution and disposal. It also sets a standard content of lead in locally produced paint and reinforces the ban on the use of lead as a fuel additive.

By 2016, paints for architectural, decorative and household applications will have to comply with a lead content of 90 parts per million; industrial applications have until 2019 to comply.

Ledoux applauded the government's action on the problem and said the "dangers of lead exposure in the Philippines are real."

"The situation is well-known and I would like to congratulate Secretary Paje for his rapid and effective intervention to address the issue. The recent chemical control order (issued) by the DENR to limit the use of lead in consumer products is a breakthrough."

   

Tagged categories: Architectural coatings; Health and safety; Lead; Lead; Lead paint abatement; Raw materials; Regulations; Schools

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Polyval Coatings
Polyflex® Polyurea Linings

Polyflex ™ new Polyurea Geotextile Membrane System has been specifically engineered to protect the environment in containment applications.
www.polyflexlinings.com


Sherwin-Williams
Heat-FLex® Hi-Temp 1200

Improved Corrosion
Resistance
Enhanced Durability
Faster Shop Throughput


Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
Performance Amine 1,3-BAC

A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.


Carboline Company
Hyrdrocarbon Fire & Jet Fire Protection

Pyroclad X1 is the latest breakthrough in epoxy based intumescent fireproofing technology


Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


HoldTight Solutions Inc.
NO FLASH RUST -
NO CONTAMINANTS

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rush inhibitor prevents flash rust by removing surface contaminants.
Contact us for your nearest distributor. (800) 319.8802 sales@holdtight.com


Novatek Corporation
Dustless Coatings Removal

Strip it, clean it, and profile it,
all dust free! High production
rates and Blast like finishes.
Comply with new lead
standards.


PreTox Products - NexTec, Inc.
GOT LEAD? Specify Pretox System products

The ONLY Lead Stabilizer Compatible with All Paint Removal Methods. Works with all Blast Media: Grits | Recyclable Abrasives | CO2 | Water | Power Tools | Etc. Call Dave Steffen at 800.338.8296.


BASF
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films basf.us/industrialcoatings
polyorders@basf.com
800-231-7868

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com