Multilac, CEJ to conduct awareness on lead safety | Sunday Observer

Multilac, CEJ to conduct awareness on lead safety

5 November, 2017

The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) which is a social service environmental organization working towards environmental justice for all, through community action in collaboration with Multilac will conduct several activities and events to increase awareness and create a sense of urgency on the importance of lead safety in the country.

The company joined the global community to mark International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2017 recently with a series of outreach efforts to raises awareness on the harmful aspects of lead exposure, especially for children.

This call to action has been initiated by the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, a global partnership led by UN Environment and the World Health Organization, with an aim to eliminate lead in paint globally by 2020. IPEN is a network of public interest non-governmental organizations working in more than 100 countries to reduce and eliminate the harm to human health and the environment from toxic chemicals.

Multilac has received the IPEN America certification and has achieved the required lead safety levels. Globally, only two other companies have received this certification at present, a company spokesman said.

“Lead is a harmful substance for human body and we should prevent the use of lead in human consumption related activities.

There is a sweet taste in lead that the children are attracted to and this is why it is dangerous to have lead mixed products closer to them. We need to educate the public of the danger element of lead and prevent the use of this substance as far as possible,” CEJ Executive Director Hemantha Withanage said.

Macksons Holdings Managing Director Mizver Makeen said, “As a 100% home-grown company we has always been committed to manufacture high quality paint products to meet global standards making a positive impact in the industry, in people’s health and safety, and in environmental protection.

By observing the Lead Safe Week we hope to have contributed towards promoting a more conducive lead safe environment, especially for children.”

Commencing activities for Multilac’s Lead Safe campaign, the company donated lead safe paint to several pre-schools ensuring the children are not exposed to lead from paints while at school.

The company’s extensive export range includes decorative and weather resistant paints, water proofing, wood care products and auto paints. MultilacColourbank, Multilac Platinum, Ital wood, Multilac Auto, Micron and Mitsuko are among its popular brands.