World Health Organisation response 

WHO has identified lead as 1 of 10 chemicals of major public health concern, needing action by Member States to protect the health of workers, children and women of reproductive age.

WHO has made available through its website a range of information on lead, including information for policy-makers, technical guidance and advocacy materials.

WHO is currently developing guidelines on the prevention and management of lead poisoning, which will provide policy-makers, public health authorities and health professionals with evidence-based guidance on the measures that they can take to protect the health of children and adults from lead exposure.

Since leaded paint is a continuing source of exposure in many countries, WHO has joined with  the United Nations Environment Programme to form the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint. This is a cooperative initiative to focus and catalyse efforts to achieve international goals to prevent children’s exposure to lead from leaded paints and to minimize occupational exposures to such paint. Its broad objective is to promote a phase-out of the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead and eventually eliminate the risks that such paints pose.


Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2018
The international lead poisoning prevention week of action will take place, with a particular focus on eliminating lead paint. This publication touches the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children.


WHO International Programme on Chemical Safety (need url)

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 Guidance on Regulations. This document came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. This publication explains the law that applies to construction process and how to ensure health and safety.

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Lead is highly toxic and widespread in our environment. There is no safe level of lead!