The British Coatings Federation (BCF), as a member of the International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC), has issued a statement of support for the WHO International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action (25th to 31st October 2015). We will continue to work with the Lead Paint Alliance (LPA) to increase awareness within government and the industry to the need for effective and enforced restrictions on the use of lead in paint.

Restrictions on the use of lead in paint have arisen following increasing understanding of the potential health, safety and environmental risks associated with the manufacture and use of coatings and printing inks. Whilst lead hasn’t been used in decorative paints in the UK for over 40 years, it is still used in many developing countries around the world though little is known about the extent of its use. As national economies grow, more residential and decorative paints are being used as new structures are built and existing housing is improved. This highlights the need for effective regulatory controls on the use of lead in paints and the need for industry support and action. The LPA is working to introduce new initiatives that will establish effective controls and finalise regulations to support worldwide industry compliance.