Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Oct 22nd - 28th 2017
by Green Demo ∙ Sep 20th, 2017
Lead Poisoning Prevention Week raises awareness and promotes actions to address the human health effects of lead exposure, especially for children.
While many countries have long established bans on lead paint, it is still legal to sell lead paint for use in homes, schools and other buildings in more than one third of the world's countries.
Lead is added to paints to enhance colour, speed drying or reduce corrosion on metal surfaces. However as it ages it flakes creating lead-contaminated dust. So when used in homes, schools and playgrounds it puts children at high risk due to them regularly having their hands in their mouth.
The goals of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week:
- Raise awareness about lead poisoning
- Stress the importance of screening high risk children (younger than 6 years of age)
- Highlight efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning
- Urge people to take steps to reduce lead exposure
"Lead paint is a serious threat to the long-term health of our children. Yet lead paint is still on sale in many countries and is used to decorate homes and schools. WHO calls on all countries to phase out lead paint by 2020 to protect the health of this and future generations."
Dr Maria Neira
Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation.