PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ralph K. Durstein, Deputy Attorney General
Consumer Protection Unit
Phone: (302) 577-8510
Cell: (302) 750-7498
Date: May 12, 2003
GENERAL BRADY ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM LEAD PAINT POISONING
Education, Warning Labels Aimed at Reducing Cases of Lead Paint Poisoning
(Wilmington, DE): Attorney General Jane Brady announced today that she, and
Attorneys General from 50 states and jurisdictions, have finalized an agreement aimed at educating and warning consumers and families about the risk of lead paint exposure during repainting and other home renovation work.
The agreement, reached between the state Attorneys General and the National Paint and Coating Association (NPCA), requires paint manufacturers to affix warning labels on paint cans and provide consumer education and training, alerting consumers to the hazards of lead paint exposure and how to avoid it.
believe that meaningful warning labels will substantially reduce the number of
lead poisoning cases, especially relating to children,” Attorney General Brady
said. “This agreement will help educate families and consumers about the
potential dangers associated with a home improvement project.”
While lead paint has not been manufactured or sold since 1978, it still presents a serious health risk to adults and, especially, young children who are exposed to dust or occupy homes during renovations.
The agreement requires both a lead exposure warning on the side of the paint can, as part of the manufacturer’s surface preparation instructions, as well as an abbreviated warning either on the top of the can or on a separate “sticker” where the warning is less likely to be obscured after the paint is used. The National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA) has also agreed to fund and provide consumer education and training courses on lead-safe renovation and repainting to homeowners, contractors, landlords and housing workers. Also under the terms of the agreement, NPCA will develop discount programs for safety equipment
Officials from the jurisdictions participating in the initiative met in October with representatives from 10 major paint manufacturers to begin negotiations.
stemming from inadequate surface preparation prior to repainting affects
children from all social and economic backgrounds. Whether repainting a rented
apartment or installing a brand new kitchen, it is imperative that families take
the proper precautions.
To learn more about working safely with lead paint, consumers should call the Environmental Protection Authority’s Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) or log on to .
In total, Attorneys General from 50 states and jurisdictions signed on to the agreement, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.