LEAD Action News

LEAD Action News Volume 7 No 4, 2000, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
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Review of NSW Lead Issues Paper

REFERENCE 1: "Lead Issues Paper Strategy Framework" in NSW Lead Issues Paper – March 1993, published by NSW EPA and NSW Health Department, Sydney, March 1993.

1 To implement a comprehensive program for the reduction of lead from its many sources focusing on [among others]:

Lead in petrol – primarily through a phased reduction campaign. Comment – the first phase in January 1994 in the campaign, reduced allowable lead content of NSW petrol from 0.8 g/L (rural) and 0.4 g/L (metropolitan) to 0.3 g/L state-wide in NSW. The second phase reduced the level to 0.2 g/L in January 1995.

Lead in paint – through continued reductions in the lead content of paint voluntarily undertaken by the paint industry. Comment – one reduction in domestic paint content took place in Dec 1997, from 0.25% to 0.1%.

Lead in food – through review of legislation and the enforcement of standards for lead content of food and container storage [sic]. Comment – ANZFA (Australian New Zealand Food Authority) reviewed the Australian Food Code standards for heavy metals in foods in 1999. Very little testing of foods is done so enforcement rarely, if ever, arises as an issue.

2 To implement a comprehensive program for the continuing reduction of historical lead contamination by addressing the following issues [among others]:

  • Lead in paint – through public awareness campaigns and technical review programs to allow the community to take actions to individually address this historical problem. Comment – you certainly are on your own when it comes to lead paint problems – there is virtually no protection for either the homebuyer or tenant. "Let the buyer / tenant beware."

IMPORTANT REQUEST TO READERS – I have written italicised comments after each component in the following government plans regarding consumer products – but I would love to hear from you if my comment is wrong or incomplete and will be happy to print a retraction with the good news about what has actually happened, in a later issue of LEAD Action News.

Review of NSW Lead Issues Paper 
Review of NHMRC Strategy
Review of Ros Kelly’s Lead Roundtable
Review of NSW Lead Management Action Plan 
Review of NSW Parliamentary Select Committee 
Review of OECD Declaration

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