QC orders construction firms, workers to use lead-safe paints in projects

Heeding the mounting calls for the ban on the sale of toxic products in the market, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista signed an ordinance compelling construction firms and workers to use lead -safe paints in the construction, maintenance, and renovation of the city’s projects and activities.

Authored by Councilor Elizabeth Delarmente, City Ordinance 2739-2018, covers the procurement and use of certified lead-safe paints including enamels, glazes, lacquers, primers, stains, varnishes and other surface coatings for the city government-funded projects.

Toxic watchdog EcoWaste Coalition has been at the forefront of the prohibition in the ban on the use of hazardous chemicals in consumer products citing that lead paint can cause severe and permanent injuries or even death if inhaled and ingested, especially to babies, children, women of child-bearing age and workers.

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