Presentation on theme: "Consumer Products and Lead Exposures: Vision for a Lead-Safe World Incorporating the presentation given by Michelle Calvert at “Eliminating Childhood Lead."— Presentation transcript:
Consumer Products and Lead Exposures: Vision for a Lead-Safe World Incorporating the presentation given by Michelle Calvert at “Eliminating Childhood Lead Toxicity in Australia – A Little is Still Too Much” Forum at Macquarie University on 5th June 2012. Presentation by Elizabeth O’Brien, President, The LEAD Group,
Lead levels and cause of death “A study published in the American Heart Association Journal “Circulation” tracked 13,946 adults for 12 years, comparing lead levels and cause of death. It found that those with a level between 3.6 µg/dL and 10 µg/dL were two and a half times more likely to die of a heart attack than those with very low levels [under 1.9 µg/dL], 89% more likely to die of stroke, and 55% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease.” Lead levels and cause of death
Standards for lead in consumer products, in food and drinking water and ‘environmental media’, will also need to be made more stringent.
All these lead sources need more stringent legislation Lead levels permitted in all products and the action levels for lead abatement have to become more stringent.
Consumer products containing lead generally affect people of all ages
Goya: Saturn devouring one of his Children In 1828, Goya also likely died of lead poisoning
[Scene from the 2011 movie L'Appollonide (Souvenirs de la Maison Close), known in English as House of Tolerance, directed by France's Bertrand Bonello. [ http://eyeswiredopen.blogspot.com.au/ ]http://eyeswiredopen.blogspot.com.au/ Men and their white-skinned prostitutes in a late 19th century French brothel.
Standard Oil Refinery, ‘House of Butterflies’ in Bayway, New Jersey, 1924. Petrol “ With Ethyl”; TEL, anti-knock compound Poster advertising “Ethyl”: i.e. Tetra Ethyl Lead (TEL) containing gasoline
Leaded petrol phase out saves over US$2.4 trillion “A comprehensive study has confirmed that the phase out of leaded petrol contributes US$2.4 trillion (4% global GDP) to the global economy; this monetary saving is calculated by measuring social benefits such as heightened IQ levels and reduced criminality, as well as health savings from afflictions such as cardiovascular disease. This global effort to end the use of leaded petrol also translates to 1.2 million fewer deaths per year.” [Reference: http://www.unep.org/transport/PCFV/n ews/hatfield.asp ] ] http://www.unep.org/transport/PCFV/n ews/hatfield.asp
Perth Declaration for the Global Reduction of Childhood Lead Exposure
NEWS headlines! Lead laced Marijuana producing sociopaths? Leaded turmeric Leaded kohl eye make-up Lead as a colorant or to add weight to food
Hazardous battery recycling on the streets of New Delhi. A child disassembles a spent truck battery on the sidewalk to sell lead to unregistered recycling units. [ www.okinternational.org/ ]www.okinternational.org/ A child disassembles a spent truck battery on the sidewalk
Leaded house paint – still available for purchase today by 2.5 billion earthlings Lead in paint
Watch this site: www.leadsafeworld.com www.leadsafeworld.com Lead-Safe World Project
The National Painting and Decorating Institute (NPDI)
is the peak educational body for the painting industry in Australia and the Pacific. It is supported by Registered Training Organisations, and has introduced lead paint abatement training to the NT, NSW, QLD and WA; and soon on-line for painters anywhere in the world.
is the first national ceiling dust removalists’ association in the world. ADRA
Four videos showing how to use The LEAD Group’s DIY-sampling lab-test kits are available on YouTube: 1.IntroductionIntroduction 2.Test Kit Instruction - Part 1Test Kit Instruction - Part 1 3.Test Kit Instruction - Part 2Test Kit Instruction - Part 2 4.Test Kit Result DiscussionTest Kit Result Discussion The LEAD Group’s DIY-sampling lab-test kits
Acknowledgements Thanks to the following for their information, advice and support in writing this presentation: Anne Roberts, Zac Gethin- Damon, Hims Patel, Ardhika Wira, Chris Winder, Paul Kesby (DSEWPaC), Daniel Wurm (NPDI), Gavin Clarke (ADRA), Ian Smith and Michelle Calvert.
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