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CEPHED celebrating ILPPW 2022 in Nepal,

October 28, 2022

Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED ) successfully organizing series of events in line with the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (referred here to as the Alliance), a joint program of WHO and UNEP, that calls for International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) this October 23-29, emphasizing the urgent need to protect children’s health through taking effective actions to eliminate the use of lead paint. During the week of action, CEPHED with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Health Education, Information and Communication Center (NHEICC), Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), Government of Nepal are organizing:

  1. Stakeholder Workshop on Effective Implementation of Lead Paint Standard in Nepal (Madhesh Pradesh) at Birgunj on 23rd October 2022.
  2. Broadcasting RADIO PSA in Maithili and Bhojpuri languages from the most popular FM Radio stations based in Janakpur and Birgunj.

Radio Jingle in Maithily can be listened from here 

Radio Jingle in Bhojpuri Language can be listened from here 

3. Customization and Distribution of GAELP ILPPW 2022 Materials.

Furthermore, with the support of the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) , CEPHED recently completed a study of “DOUBLE STANDARD” and will be sharing the results throughout the week through different means including a press meet and release in Kathmandu.

 

Phthalates in erasers,

June 22, 2022

High level of phthalates found in erasers samples imported ,sell distribution and use in Nepal

 

Science Dialogue on Reduction of Mercury Release and Exposure,

June 2, 2022

Science Dialogue

GOLD PLATING AND PREVENTION OF MERCURY EXPOSURE,

April 11, 2022

Heavy mercury exposure among metal plating workers in Nepal needs global attention.

Gold plating (gold-mercury amalgam) is one of the most hazardous works primarily practiced by an ethnic community in Nepal and has a history of many centuries. Metal plating is a process in which gold coating/painting will be done on the metal statue (sculptures) by mixing mercury and gold together though hand held mortar and piston for an extended hours thus prepared paste/amalgam of gold and mercury applied over the metal statue and then heated the statue to evaporate mercury resulting gold coating remains on the statue.

In all these process from making mercury and gold paste, applying this on the statues and heating to evaporate the mercury without using any protective gears, workers get direct and very high level of mercury exposure as well as also resulting very high level of environmental (air, water, soil ) burden of mercury (https://youtu.be/Tk9HZUYQc6s). The workers were not informed at all and found to be totally unaware about ill effect of mercury.

The exposure to workers is metallic vapor inhalation and dermal absorption as they directly handle mercury in the workplace, often without necessary Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs). The bio monitoring of mercury among 20 metal plating female workers revealed very high level of mercury exposure. The average level of exposure is 3.62 ppm and exposure among workers ranging from 0.35 to 28.46 ppm[1]. 75% (15 of 20) workers` samples exceeds mercury exposure level over 1 ppm. This finding revealed that populations involved in gold plating business are at high risks of mercury needs national and global attention for immediate preventive measure and medical assistance.

Government of Nepal signed the UN Minamata Convention on Mercury on 10th of October 2013. The Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) 2019 report of Nepal were submitted to the secretariat in early 2019[2]. According to MIA report, total annual release of mercury in Nepal for the base year 2016/17 were estimated to 19615 Kg Hg/y, which includes less than 35% (6,790 Kg Hg/y) from different source categories identified in UNEP Toolkit and over 65% of total (12825 Kg Hg/y) from gold plating business alone, has been identified as the largest source of mercury release in Nepal.

Another CEPHED s 2020 study of mercury contamination in the waste water discharge from metal plating workshops revealed that 00 % (5 of 5) waste samples released from workshops has very high mercury contamination ranges from 0.627 mg/L to 11478 mg/L which is 62.7 to 1147800 times more than the Nepal Generic Standard of Waste Water effluent for Water ways as well as standard for in land (0.01mg/L) discharge[3]. These untreated wastewater has been discharged on inland surface or small drainage leading to river pollution.

In Nepal, more than 400 families (with avg.10 workers in each family) are involved in this business and thus around 4000 people are directly exposed heavily to mercury during gold plating process along with the nearby communities. Such populations need urgent attention and their workplace needs immediate improvement to make it safe and free from risks associated with the use of mercury though introduction of sound mercury recovery technology and/or alternative metal plating such as electroplating to minimize or eliminate the adverse effects of mercury.

[1] http://ipen.org/Mercury-Monitoring-in-Women

[2] http://mercuryconvention.org/Portals/11/documents/MIAs/Nepal_MIA_2019.pdf, MIA 2019 Report, Nepal, Pxi,

[3] http://www.anroev.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/OSH-RIGHT-NEWSLETTER-ISSSUE-51-April-to-June-2021-Final.pdf, P 7 (Table)

Briefing Paper on Gold Plating and Prevention of Mercury Exposure briefing paper. 

Down load Gold Plating Briefing Paper

Related ILO Publication can be seen: Exposure to Mercury in the world of work: A review of the evidence and key priority actions – ILO report, January 2022.

ILPPW 2021 Celebration in Nepal,

October 30, 2021

Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) with the support World Health Organization (WHO), Country Office for Nepal and International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) successfully organized International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) 2021 from October 24 to 30 by organizing series of activities Physically and Virtually in Nepal. 

ILPPW 2021 Celebration successfully in Nepal,

October 30, 2021

Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) with the support World Health Organization (WHO), Country Office for Nepal and International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) successfully organized International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) 2021 from October 24 to 30 by organizing series of activities Physically and Virtually in Nepal. 

  1. October 24: ILPPW 2021 Kickoff & Stakeholder Workshop on Effective implementation of Lead Paint Standard in Nepal
  2. October 25- 30 Radio from NRN 99.1 MHz and Thaha Sanchar Network 99.4 MHz and TV programs from Kantipur Television and many print and online media. 
  3. October 27: Co=Organized  Catalyzing the Global Phase-out of Lead Paints- CEPHED,     ECOWASTE, CASACEM & IPEN (online)
  4. October 30:, Organize “Awareness Raising and Capacity Building Program” Celebration ILPPW 2021 in Nepal jointly with  provincial Government MOITFE  and many other organizations (online).
  5. October 30: Closing PRESS RELASE

During the week long program , three important new publications on lead in paints has been released and massively disseminated through all forum and media. There were wide media coverage on these events. 

 

 

 

Released  and massively disseminated the Study Reports during the week are:

(a). National report, Compliance Monitoring of Lead Paint Standard in Nepal, 2021

(b) Study of Lead in Spray Paints 2021

(c) Brief on Lead in Paints and its compliance status

Download all the reports from link below.

Compliance Monitoring of Lead Paint Standard in Nepal Print FIle-NEW FILE

Study of Lead in Spray Paints-Nepal- PRINT File-NEW file

Leaflet-Lead in Paints PRINT file-NEW