SAICM GEF Project - Lead in Paint component

Promoting regulatory and voluntary action by government and industry to phase out lead in paint

The lead in paint component is part of the SAICM Global Environment Facility (GEF) project “Global best practices on emerging chemical policy issues of concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management". The two other components are chemicals in products and knowledge management.

The project outcome is for 40 countries to legislate and implement legislation to restrict the use of lead paint; and for at least 50 small and medium enterprises (SME) paint manufacturers in eight countries to phase out lead from their production processes.

The project component on lead in paint involves working with governments to support the development of lead paint laws, and working with SMEs to promote the phase-out of the use of lead additives.

Through nationally focused interventions, project activities will work with SMEs to demonstrate the replacement of lead paint to non-lead alternatives using Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practice (BEP).

Through a globally coordinated approach with governments and regional standard setting organizations the project will accelerate the adoption of legal limits to lead in paint.

The project started in January 2019 at its inception workshop and is scheduled to to end in 2021.


Regional Workshop for Central and Eastern Europe, 19-20 March 2019, Almaty, Kazakhstan

This workshop represents the initiation of project activities in the region. The participants will be the nominated national focal points for environment and health, together with project executing partners, and industry and civil society representatives.

Session 1: Opening of the workshop and magnitude of the problem

  • Health, economic and environmental impacts of lead English / Russian (Joanna Helena Tempowski, World Health Organisation)
  • A national campaign to ban the use of lead in household soluble paints English / Russian (Denis Pavlowsky, Mama-86)
  • Lead in paint for domestic use English / Russian (Lydia Astanina, Greenwomen Agency)

Session 2: How to Eliminate Lead Paint – regulatory actions

  • Promoting regulatory and voluntary action by government and industry to phase out lead in paint - Overview of the Project English / Russian (Desiree Narvaez, UN Environment)
  • EU Restrictions – Lead in paints English / Russian (Kirsi Sihvonen, ECHA)
  • A Model Law and Guidance for Regulating Lead Paint English / Russian (Jay Monteverde, ABA ROLI)
  • Overview of Approaches to Regulating Lead in Paint English / Russian (Ellie McCann, US Environmental Protection Agency)

Session 3: Successful elements of a lead paint elimination strategy

  • Guidance for a Country Approach Toward Development of Lead Paint Laws and Discussion Question English / Russian (Desiree Narvaez, UN Environment)
  • Communication Strategy towards adopting Lead paint laws English / Russian (Joanna Helena Tempowski, World Health Organisation)

Session 4: Presentation of country approaches to eliminate lead paint and closing

SAICM GEF Project second meeting, Geneva, 12-13 November 2018

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