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QUESTION: Which paint brands on the market today in Australia are safe and without any lead content? 15/02/09   Any State in Any Country, Any Country in the World


I am considering painting my house and would like to know which paint brands are safe and without any lead content. I am concerned of my kids and do not want them exposed to any lead content.

Look forward to hearing from you soon



EMAIL TWO Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 8:49 PM

Hi Elizabeth

Thanks for your reply.

I look forward for the proof of their zero lead claim in dulux.

with regards


ANSWER: Feb 16 2009

Dear Riya,

all residential paint on the market today is required to contain less than 0.1% lead which is equivalent to 1,000 mg/kg (milligrams per kilogram) lead and if a paint contains less than 90 mg/kg leachable lead then it will be labelled as compliant with the Australian toy standard toxicological requirements. Residential paints sold in the United States must contain less than 0.06% lead, equivalent to 600 mg/kg lead, whereas paints sold in many less well-regulated countries can contain a limitless amount of lead.

To my knowledge there is no paint that contains zero lead - the best you could hope for is a paint which has no detectable lead according to best practice laboratory analysis. Having noticed that Dulux makes the claim that "None of Dulux's architectural paints contain lead" and knowing the ubiquitousness of lead in the environment, including in raw materials for paints, I have filled in the form at requesting documented proof for their claim which has the following context:

"Q. Does my paint have lead?

A. None of Dulux's architectural paints contain lead and have not done so for over 30 years." [Source:'s Accessed 16 Feb 2009]

If they reply as requested, I will forward their response to you if it is useful.

The most important way to protect children from lead in paint when renovating, is to ensure that any paint already on the surfaces is either tested for lead first, or at least dealt with in a lead-safe way. Please refer to for advice.

All the best with your renovations.

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O'Brien

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