Lab study finds paints in India have unacceptable levels of toxic lead
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has prepared a draft notification on lead standards for all the categories of paints used for the household and decorative purposes. For most of the paints the maximum lead limit has been proposed at 90ppm, which is the current global best practice. A few of the industrial paints are to have 300ppm lead limit for technical reasons. The final notifications are yet to come.
Sri Lanka has becomes the latest country to introduce lead in paints standards. The Consumer Affairs Authority published a Gazette order on September 30, 2011 regulating permissible maximum lead content on paints and accessories. It shall come into force from January 1, 2013.