28th March 2020

IPPIC CALLS FOR MORE EFFORTS ON LEAD ELIMINATION

This is the World Health Organization’s International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action. The International Paint and Printing Ink Council, Inc. (IPPIC) supports the event, and is calling on fellow associations around the globe to rededicate their collective support of WHO and United Nations’ Environmental Program’s (UNEP) Lead Prevention Alliance (LPA).

In 2009, IPPIC established a policy statement regarding the use of lead compounds in paint and coatings products that stated:

“IPPIC supports the long-standing effectiveness of lead-use restrictions that are already in place in certain jurisdictions and recommends their widespread adoption by authorities not currently regulating the use of lead in paint and printing ink. Such restrictions may be accomplished through specific legislation or regulation, formal voluntary agreements, or by other means that ensure widespread and verifiable compliance.”

The LPA emerged near the end of a successful effort by WHO and UNEP to advance a UN Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, which is widely credited for engaging a host of governments, industries and NGO’s in the orderly phase-out of the production and use of fuels containing lead additives. IPPIC continues to affirm that the only way to establish reliable and enforceable restrictions on lead use in paint is through government action, though IPPIC does not believe the path for governments to establish legally enforceable restrictions should be long and contentious. Many specific and successful examples for the control of lead use in paint have been established around the world and can serve as a model for governments seeking effective solutions.

IPPIC earned official consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2004, in recognition of its stated interest in supporting the mission of the UN and its affiliated agencies. Since that time, IPPIC representatives have worked to advance UN efforts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals, on occupational cancer risks with WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and on marine environmental pollution and technical standards for antifouling and other protective coatings before the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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