ESDO has been working for a specific regulation of lead free paint. In line with this, ESDO has been continuing policy advocacy since 2010. ESDO had prepared a draft regulatory frame work and guide line; that had submitted to the concern authority [Department of Environment (DOE)]. As a result, In 2018, Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI) has finalized a standard for the paint manufacturing industry setting the limit of harmful lead content for household paint at maximum 90 ppm (parts per million).
Updated status: at a glance
Every year since 2012, from 20th-26th October ESDO has been observing International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPPW) by conducting human chain and round table meeting with Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint – GAELP. In International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, ESDO tries to arise awareness and promotes action to address the human health effect of lead exposure, specially for children. During the week, government, academicians, industry and civil society advance efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning, and specially laws to eliminate lead in paint.