Participants at a policy dialogue conducted by the Eco-Social Development Organisation (ESDO) in the city on Thursday called for enactment of a regulation on ban of lead paint in Bangladesh.
They also called for mandatory limits on lead in paint of 90 parts per million (ppm).
They expressed the necessity for immediate publication of a gazette for the standard of 90 ppm lead content in paint.
Officials of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Department of Environment (DoE), the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) took part at the dialogue held at the ESDO head office in Lalmatia.
The dialogue was conducted as part of observing the “International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Bangladesh,” ESDO sources said.
ESDO chairperson Syed Marghub Murshed presided over the dialogue.
In a bid to eliminate lead in paints globally, Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint (GAELP) observes “the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week” every year, ESDO sources said.
The International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, co-led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Environment, was established to raise awareness of the widespread availability of lead paint. IPEN and partners have taken part in awareness-raising activities and other activities during the Week of Action since 2013.
Jahora Sikder deputy director (Chemical Division) of Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution (BSTI) said, “We have come closer to a gazette to limit lead content to 90 ppm in paint of Bangladesh. Now it is a matter of time to reach our common goal”.
Mahmood Hasan Khan former director (AQM) of the Department of Environment (DoE) said, “The standard parameters should be based on country perspective instead of being biased by other factors. So, in Bangladesh, paint should be completely lead-free”.
Md Saidur Rahman Khan senior assistant secretary and deputy programme manager, Health Economics Unit, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said, “Bangladesh government welcomes ESDO’s multi-dimensional activities towards creating Bangladesh lead free.” He focused on continuous policy lobbying to enact a regulation on ban of lead paint in Bangladesh.
The objective of this meeting was to hasten the process of publishing a gazette with standardization of lead content in paint and to enact the regulation to ban lead paint in Bangladesh.