A recent sampling of spray paints conducted by environmental health groups IDIS and the EcoWaste Coalition has revealed that some spray paints sold Illegally in Davao City contain high levels of lead, a toxic chemical banned in the manufacture of paints.
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Of the 15 spray paint samples purchased from general merchandise and hardware stores, five were found to contain lead exceeding the 90 parts per million (ppm) limit set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The products with violative lead levels include Parlux Spray Paint, Yestar Spray Paint, Chappie Spray Paint, Nikko Spray Paint, and Bad Axe Spray Paint.
This finding is alarming, as lead exposure can have serious health consequences for children, including damage to the brain and nervous system, developmental delays, hearing and speech problems, and lower IQ. Lead poisoning can also lead to attention deficits, underperformance in school, and behavioral issues.
It is particularly concerning that these lead-laden paints are often marketed as “all-purpose” paints and can be used on a variety of surfaces, including bicycles, toys, and household furniture and appliances. This means that children are at risk of exposure to lead from a variety of sources in their daily lives.
The sale of lead-containing paints is illegal in Davao City under Ordinance No. 0461-18. However, as evidenced by this recent sampling, the ordinance is not being effectively enforced.
IDIS and the EcoWaste Coalition have urged the city authorities to take immediate action to halt the illegal sale of lead paints and protect the public health. They have also called on regulatory bodies to actively enforce the country’s ban on lead-containing paints.