Global Webinar for Policymakers on Eliminating Lead in Paint through Regulatory Action
15:00-17:00 (GMT +2)
Lead is a cumulative toxicant that poses serious risks to human health and development, with children being especially vulnerable. Lead-containing paint remains one of the major sources of lead exposure for children globally and was identified as one of the international Emerging Policy Issues of focus by Strategic Approach for International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Since then, the international community, governments, industry and nongovernmental organizations have been working together to promote the establishment of lead paint laws in all countries. In 2009, the second SAICM International Conference on Chemicals Management policy framework endorsed the establishment of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (or Lead Paint Alliance). UNEP and WHO serve as the joint Secretariat for this partnership and the US Environmental Protection Agency is the Chair of the Alliance Advisory Council. The goal of the Lead Paint Alliance is to phase out the manufacture, import and sale of paints containing lead and eventually to eliminate the risks from such paint. To achieve this goal globally, the Lead Paint Alliance is encouraging countries to eliminate lead in new paints by establishing and enforcing lead paint laws.
Government policymakers are critical to the development of lead paint laws. Given this, the Alliance is facilitating a global webinar for this key stakeholder group. The webinar will focus on information of interest to government policymakers considering or in the process of developing lead paint laws and to stakeholders engaged in that process.
The webinar aims to provide participants with:
- An understanding of why the elimination of lead paint is important
- An overview of the goal of the Lead Paint Alliance and how the SAICM Lead Paint project supports this goal.
- Guidance on how to draft lead paint regulations.
- Information on lead paint testing.
- Perspectives of industry and ideas on how best to work industry on lead paint regulation and reformulation efforts.
Participants need to register using the following link: https://unep.webex.com/unep/k2/j.php?MTID=td599863ffe231899dcf1bc8162cea6d2
- Angela Bandemehr, U.S. EPA
- Government policymakers;
- Other relevant stakeholders involved in lead paint law development;
- SAICM Lead Paint Project Partners: UNEP Regional Offices, WHO, International Pollutant Elimination Network (IPEN), the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Coatings Council
October 5, 2020
Rationale for stopping the use of lead in paint
World Health Organization
Overview of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint and Global Status of Laws
UN Environment Programme
The Model Law’s Testing Requirements Implications for Industry Compliance and Lab Capacity
US Department of Commerce
Analytical Methods for Measuring Lead in New Paint
World Health Organization
Industry Perspective: Restricting Lead Use in Paint
World Coatings Council