Baguio’s Burnham Park contains ‘Dangerous level’ of lead: EcoWaste

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Seventeen equipment at Baguio’s tourist spot, Burnham Park, found to be positive at dangerously high levels of lead, environmental group claimed, EcoWaste, claimed on Monday.

The group said a screening was done on October 18 that reveals all 17 painted equipment like monkey bars, seesaws, and swings exceeded the 90 parts per million (ppm) regulatory limit set by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Administrative Order 2013-24, or the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds.

Moreover, EcoWaste claimed that they discovered paint chips all over the ground near the playing equipment supposedly coated with lead-contained paint.

“The paint will deteriorate with repeated use and exposure to sun and rain. This will cause the paint to peel and get into the dust and soil, which can be ingested by children through common hand-to-mouth behavior,” said Thony Dizon, chemical safety campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition.

In line with this, the group sent a letter to Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Monday to notify him regards the findings at Burnham Park.

This initiative is part of the UN International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, in which it will be done to 14 other playgrounds across the 10 cities in the Philippines.

Lastly, the group stated in their letter to replace the lead-coated play equipment with lead-safe paints.