LEAD Action News
LEAD Action News Vol 1 no 2 Winter 1993   ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
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Objectives of The LEAD Group - An UPDATE

The following objectives have been wholly or partially achieved since they were formulated in July 1992 (for a full listing see LEAD Action News Vol 1 No 1):

1.0 to convince the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) to change, at the June 1993 meeting, from recommending a blood lead "level of concern" of 25 µg/dL to recommending blood lead standards in line with the US Centers for Disease Control's intervention levels - 10 µg/dL to spark community prevention activities, and 15 µg/dL as the intervention level for individual children.
[Achieved June 1993.]

5.0 to convince environment protection agencies:-

5.11 to fund a Community Lead Information Centre (CLIC) and service for parents in the Central and Southern Sydney Area Health Service, operated by The LEAD Group.
[CLIC is up and running and servicing parents across Australia, by phone and letter, but is not yet government funded.]

7.0 to convince health and environment protection agencies to cooperate:-

7.1 to set up lead task-forces which steer lead poisoning prevention activities and further research, with the involvement of community groups [Both a National Lead Taskforce and a NSW Lead Taskforce have been set up though neither has community representatives on it. Community representatives have begun to participate in the eight NSW Lead Working Groups which advise the Lead Taskforce. Whether we will be adequately resourced to enable us to contribute to the Working Groups with the same efficacy as industry, remains to be seen.] and;

7.2 to set up and operate community lead centres to carry out the relevant above objectives. [Australia's second government run Environmental Health Centre, set up specifically to deal with lead problems in a smelter community, has been opened near the Pasminco Smelter in Boolaroo, outside Newcastle in NSW. The first such centre in Port Pirie SA was opened nearly a decade ago.] and;

7.3 to form a strategy to achieve the elimination of childhood and foetal lead poisoning in Australia by the year 2002. [The NHMRC decided at its June 1993 meeting to decide at the November 1993 meeting as to what should comprise a strategy to achieve the new goal for all Australians of 10 micrograms of lead per decilitre of blood by either the year 1996 or 1998. The NSW Lead Task­force must present a total lead strategy to the NSW Cabinet by April 1994, though the petrol component and Broken Hill component of the strategy as well as action on lead in children’s blood will be fast tracked through to Cabinet well before then. A National round table meeting on the 29th July 1993, organised by Ros Kelly, is expected to focus on a lead in petrol strategy.]

We failed to achieve the following objective:

5.0 to convince environment protection agencies:-

5.1 to lower the maximum allowable lead content of leaded petrol to 0.3 g/L immediately, in line with the 1983 Victorian standard, and to 0.15 g/L in line with European standards, by June 1993.

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