ASTM International has announced its formal partnership with the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (also known as the Lead Paint Alliance), jointly led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Alliance seeks to promote a phase-out of the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead, and eventually eliminate the risk that such paints pose.
This partnership announcement comes after years of cooperation between ASTM International and the Lead Paint Alliance. This collaborative work has included a wide variety of engagement, from broad circulation of knowledge on paint testing and analysis, to technical standard development by ASTM’s paint and related coatings, materials, and applications committee (D01), its sampling and analysis of lead for exposure and risk assessment subcommittee (D22.12), and others.
“Too many people across the globe still face significant health risks from lead exposure, especially children who are the most vulnerable among us,” notes Jane Nishida, Assistant Administrator, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “That’s why the EPA, as Chair of the Lead Paint Alliance, is proud to work with ASTM International to reduce these exposures.”
Nishida notes that ASTM International’s position as a standards development organization will make for a valuable partnership.
“As the first standards body to join the Alliance, ASTM International brings important expertise and information on standards and testing for detecting lead in paint,” said Nishida. This expertise will help support Alliance collaboration with developing countries to establish and implement legal limits on lead in paint that are protective of human health and the environment.”
For more on the work of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, please visit the UNEP website.
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