August 8, 2022

Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition has warned the public of the perils of purchasing and using five more spray paints with “excessive lead content.”

Lead is a hazardous chemical banned in paints and similar surface coatings.

In a statement, the group’s adviser Manny Calonzo said non-compliant lead-containing spray paints continue to be imported and sold in clear defiance of the country’s ban on such paints.  

“Consumers should steer clear of these leaded products and the erring importers, distributors, and retailers, including online dealers, should stop this illegal trade,” he said.

According to EcoWaste, it bought the multi-color “made in China” Automatic Spray Paint products from an online seller for P68 each and screened them for total lead content using an Olympus Vanta M Series X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer.

The group found out that, of the eight variants purchased, five were found to contain lead above the maximum limit of 90 parts per million (ppm) as stipulated under Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order 2013-24, or the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds.

“The orange-yellow Automatic Spray Paint was found to contain a whopping lead content exceeding 100,000 ppm.  The lemon yellow, grass green, Jialing red, and grain yellow variants were also found contaminated with 71,110 ppm, 15,130 ppm, 7,483 ppm and 967 ppm lead, respectively,” the non-profit environmental group reported.

Meanwhile, the group noted that lead was not detected on the anti-rust brown, orange-red and signal red variants of the said paint brand.

The EcoWaste Coalition has urged paint manufacturers, including those that export to the Philippines, to obtain third-party Lead Safe Paint® certification to assist consumers in making an informed choice when buying paints. 

“We appeal to all stakeholders to join forces and support efforts that will result in decreased children’s, women’s and workers’ exposure to lead from lead-containing paint, dust and soil,” it said.

The government was asked by the environmental group to take concrete steps to improve the enforcement of the regulation banning lead in all paints. 

Per the World Health Organization (WHO), the toxic effects of lead include brain and nerve damage, decreased mental ability and learning difficulties, speech, language, hearing and behavior problems, anemia, high blood pressure, kidney damage, digestive problems, and reproductive problems for adults.

It has warned that “there is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe.”

Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition has warned the public of the perils of purchasing and using five more spray paints with “excessive lead content.”

Lead is a hazardous chemical banned in paints and similar surface coatings.

In a statement, the group’s adviser Manny Calonzo said non-compliant lead-containing spray paints continue to be imported and sold in clear defiance of the country’s ban on such paints.  

“Consumers should steer clear of these leaded products and the erring importers, distributors, and retailers, including online dealers, should stop this illegal trade,” he said.

According to EcoWaste, it bought the multi-color “made in China” Automatic Spray Paint products from an online seller for P68 each and screened them for total lead content using an Olympus Vanta M Series X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer.

The group found out that, of the eight variants purchased, five were found to contain lead above the maximum limit of 90 parts per million (ppm) as stipulated under Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order 2013-24, or the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds.

“The orange-yellow Automatic Spray Paint was found to contain a whopping lead content exceeding 100,000 ppm.  The lemon yellow, grass green, Jialing red, and grain yellow variants were also found contaminated with 71,110 ppm, 15,130 ppm, 7,483 ppm and 967 ppm lead, respectively,” the non-profit environmental group reported.

Meanwhile, the group noted that lead was not detected on the anti-rust brown, orange-red and signal red variants of the said paint brand.

The EcoWaste Coalition has urged paint manufacturers, including those that export to the Philippines, to obtain third-party Lead Safe Paint® certification to assist consumers in making an informed choice when buying paints. 

“We appeal to all stakeholders to join forces and support efforts that will result in decreased children’s, women’s and workers’ exposure to lead from lead-containing paint, dust and soil,” it said.

The government was asked by the environmental group to take concrete steps to improve the enforcement of the regulation banning lead in all paints. 

Per the World Health Organization (WHO), the toxic effects of lead include brain and nerve damage, decreased mental ability and learning difficulties, speech, language, hearing and behavior problems, anemia, high blood pressure, kidney damage, digestive problems, and reproductive problems for adults.

It has warned that “there is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe.”

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