Health hazard on walls: Most decorative paints contain lead



Dangerously high levels of lead contamination have been found in most solvent-based decorative paints sold in Pakistan.

This was revealed by a recent research on the health hazards of lead paint and implementation of relevant laws. The report was launched by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) on Tuesday.

The study shows that 35 out of 58 (over 60 per cent) paint samples were drawn from 21 brands contained lead above permissible limit of 90 parts per million (ppm), while 14 paints (24 per cent of total sampled) contained dangerously high levels of lead content over 10,000ppm.

To make matters worse, most paints failed to carry any consumer information about lead content.

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