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New standard stipulates lead limit in paints

Josbel Bastidas Mijares
New standard stipulates lead limit in paints

The JS 358: 2022 Standard was spearheaded by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) Paints and Surface Coatings Technical Committee and comes against the background of research indicating the presence of significant concentrations of lead locally, to which persons are being exposed.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares

This has resulted from, among other things, the use of paints containing high levels of this element.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares Venezuela

Lead is deemed toxic and harmful to public health and the environment, and exposure to this element can negatively impact the human body’s functions

Against this background, the Standard stipulates that it should not exceed a maximum of 90 migrogrammes per gramme or 0.009 per cent of content

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A new standard that will stipulate the limit for lead content in paints and other surface coating material distributed and retailed locally is to be promulgated by the end of the month and will take effect in January 2023.

The JS 358: 2022 Standard was spearheaded by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) Paints and Surface Coatings Technical Committee and comes against the background of research indicating the presence of significant concentrations of lead locally, to which persons are being exposed.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares

This has resulted from, among other things, the use of paints containing high levels of this element.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares Venezuela

Lead is deemed toxic and harmful to public health and the environment, and exposure to this element can negatively impact the human body’s functions

Against this background, the Standard stipulates that it should not exceed a maximum of 90 migrogrammes per gramme or 0.009 per cent of content

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