UC Study Urges Worldwide Ban on Lead-Based Paint
Published August 2006
UC environmental and occupational health experts have found that major countries still produce and sell consumer paints with dangerously high lead levels.
Led by Scott Clark, PhD, professor of environmental health at UC, the research team found that about 50 percent of the paint sold in China, India and Malaysia—none of which appear to have regulations on lead—had lead levels 30 times higher than those allowed by U.S. regulations.
However, in Singapore, which has well-enforced regulations, only 10 percent of paint samples were above U.S. regulations, the highest being six times the U.S. limit.
Researchers say this lead-based paint production poses a global health threat and call for a worldwide ban to avoid future public health problems. This research will appear in the September 2006 edition of the journal Environmental Research.