IPPIC Supports WHO International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action

The International Paint and Painting Ink Council, Inc. (IPPIC) supports the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, Oct. 21-27, 2018. During the campaign week, the United Nations’ Lead Paint Alliance (LPA) aims to: raise awareness about health effects of lead poisoning; highlight countries and partners’ efforts to prevent particularly childhood lead poisoning; and urge further action to eliminate lead paint through regulatory action at country level. The LPA (formerly the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint), is an organization established under WHO and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). IPPIC acknowledges all of the activities being advanced by other interested parties during WHO’s planned week of action.

IPPIC member associations have long had an interest in addressing the health, safety and environmental impacts associated with the manufacture and use of paints and printing inks, including the recognition, evaluation and control of hazards arising from the use of lead in paint.

IPPIC actively support the efforts of the UN’s LPA to engage governments and implement effective and enforceable legislation and regulation. This work is centered in countries not currently restricting lead use in paint, and IPPIC has committed to support industry outreach and education efforts in key regions.

In 2017, IPPIC revised its longstanding policy statement (first published in 2009) to reflect enhanced commitment and support by the global industry for restriction on the use of lead compounds in paint:

IPPIC notes the long-standing effectiveness of lead-use restrictions that are already in place in many jurisdictions around the world and recommends their widespread adoption by authorities not currently regulating the use of lead in paint and printing ink. To this end, IPPIC supports the UN’s Lead Paint Alliance ‘Model Law,’ as a useful starting point for both government and industry to collaborate on developing restrictions that ensure widespread and verifiable compliance.

Building on IPPIC’s experience with industry workshops in South America in 2016, a new effort is underway to build a curriculum and protocol for more expanded industry outreach. IPPIC has established “regional champion” organizations to take the lead in industry outreach and education efforts, specifically in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Europe-Middle East. These organizations will engage company-level support to achieve LPA goals established for 2020, to:

  • prevent children’s exposure to paints containing lead and to minimize occupational exposure to lead paint;
  • secure the participation of representatives and interested experts from Governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) including civil society, regional bodies, philanthropic organizations, academia, the media and the private sector; and
  • promote the establishment of appropriate national regulatory frameworks to stop the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of lead paints and products coated with lead paints.

Working with fellow LPA partners, IPPIC expects to advance new initiatives that will establish effective controls and formalize the necessary technical aspects of regulations to support reliable industry compliance. Notably, IPPIC is a recognized Non-governmental Organization (NGO) that has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

IPPIC is comprised of members representing associations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. The Secretariat position is currently served by the American Coatings Association.

IPPIC provides a forum for information exchange and cooperation on the major issues and priorities facing the paint and printing ink industries worldwide. For information about IPPIC and the activities it is involved in on behalf of the global paint and coatings industry, go to www.ippic.org.

Contact IPPIC’s Steve Sides for more information.

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