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Paint is a common home improvement item on the market today which is a potentially hazardous household product. Some paint and paint related products may be in this category. Source reduction is a priority in prevention waste.
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. Mercury vapors are released from paint containing mercury compounds used to prolong the shelf-life of interior latex paint. To determine whether homes recently painted with paint containing mercury had elevated indoor-air mercury concentrations, we studied 37 Ohio homes.
Construction laborers and their families are often exposed to latex water-based paints containing unsafe levels of mercury-on the job and at home. In Julya four-year old boy in Michigan suffered severe mercury poisoning after the inside of his family home was painted with latex paint. The paint contained three times the recommended level of mercury. Mercury is very toxic if inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that it was banning the use of mercury in interior latex paint, saying the toxic chemical posed an unacceptable health risk. The agency also said latex paints for exterior use would soon carry warning labels if they contained mercury. Paint companies are not now required to list mercury among ingredients for interior and exterior paints.
Mercury poisoning manifested as acrodynia, reported in a four year old boy in Michigan ten day after the inside of his home was painted with 64 liters of interior latex paint containing phenylmercuric acetate, prompted an investigation by the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA. Nineteen families were recruited from a list of more than persons who called the Michigan Department of Public Health after a press release announced that some interior latex paint contained more than the recommended limit of mercury of 1. The median mercury content of the paint in 29 cans sampled from the exposed households was 3.
Paint companies scrambled to alleviate consumer fears Friday over reports that mercury in interior latex paint can be harmful. Several of the companies said they have not used mercury for years. The Environmental Protection Agency barred manufacturers from adding mercury to paint after Aug.
The compromise was hailed by some consumer groups as an important but belated step to reduce the public health threat posed by mercury, particularly to children and fetuses. Others said that the voluntary phase-out, to be completed by Aug. Under the agreement, such paints must bear warning labels beginning Aug. It is not used in oil-based paints.
Environmental Protection Agency officials said paint manufacturers voluntarily agreed to stop putting mercury in indoor latex paint by Aug. They also will place labels on most existing mercury-containing paint by July 23, warning that it is only for outdoor use. The agency said paints with relatively low levels of mercury -- below parts per million -- may still be used indoors without 'unreasonable risk' as long as rooms are thoroughly ventiliated and exposure to children minimized.
The Environmental Protection Agency, citing the risk of mercury poisoning, said Friday it plans to eliminate the use of mercury compounds in indoor latex paints. The agency said that from Aug. EPA officials said they took the actions because of possible health risks. Mercury compounds are used in about 30 percent of all interior latex paints and in up to 35 percent of outdoor latex paints to prevent bacterial and fungal growth and control mildew on exterior surfaces.