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Lead Paints and Leaded GasLead is a serious health hazard. It can cause a myriad of health problems, (kidney failure, pulmonary, cardiac disease, brain atrophy/damage, and so on. It is still a problem for many people especially children, living in low-income substandard housing.

The switch from leaded petrol to unleaded petrol was due to the introduction of catalytic converters in the exhaust systems in the early 1970s. Lead based anti-knock compounds would contaminate the catalyst in the catalytic converter by leaving a thin coating of lead on or reacting with catalyst rendering it ineffective and ultimately causing the converter to clog. Older vehicles without converters were allowed to continue using leaded fuel until it was phased out in the mid 1980s.

The thought that this lead was also getting into our air and contributing to the build-up in our bodies was not considered until later.

In the mid 1990s, imported vinyl mini-blinds were found to be another source of lead in the home. Lead is added to stabilize the plastic used in the mini-blinds. Over time this plastic deteriorates from sunlight and heat exposure to form lead dust on the surface of the blind.

Lead-based paint application was outlawed in the USA in 1978. Many European countries outlawed it decades before that.

That said, old homes build and painted before 1978 in the US are likely to have lead paint. The older the building, the higher the incidence. Lead-based paint IS NOT JUST A PROBLEM in LOW INCOME HOUSING!! Historically, lead poisoning has been highest and most damaging to kids in buildings which are not well maintained and in which the paint is deteriorating and chipping off. Since many young couples are buying older homes or other folks have bought them to restore, lead paint poisoning has shifted to be more prevalent in other economic categories.

Lead paint causes serious learning disabilities and other irreversible neurological damage in children. Schools noticed an increase in learning disabilities in young kids and anger and violence in teens. Blood testing revealed lead poisoning as often present. Many public health programs focus specifically on testing kids, replacing old windows and doors, and public education for all socio-economic classes. In adults, it can cause permanent damage to organs and even sexual dysfunctions.

In 2010 the EPA enacted the Repair, Renovation, and Painting (RRP) law requiring contractors disturbing more than 6 sq. ft of lead paint to use rigid lead dust and fume containment procedures. Home and building remodeling is the largest cause of lead poisoning in America. In addition, anywhere in a building where friction is created between surfaces painted with lead paint (such as doors and windows) invisible lead dust is created. It is NOT that kids chew on window sills! The dust created drops to the floor and kids ingest in from hand contact on the floor. Lead paint poisoning is totally preventable. America needs to wake up and demand that contractors use lead-safe work practices on old homes and public buildings. See and

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Are all paints lead free?

No, all paints are not lead free. In fact, there are only a few companies who manufacture lead free paints. Majority of the companies have some if not excessive amount of lead in their paints.

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All house paints sold in the United States and Canada are lead free. The only paints that contain lead are used in industrial applications and are should not be available for purchase to the general public. Lead is used in some artist oil whites, however, this is rare and the artist who uses them has to pay a premium to acquire them . Lead is not used in water based paints.

Which companies use lead free paints?

There is no lead in any paint in the U.S. it's been illegal since 1978

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The material used in all three -is lead. However many paints and batteries are now lead-free due to the health risks prolonged exposure to lead poses.

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Lead content in petrol?

can content in petrol if not unleaded

Which colour paint contains the maximum amount of lead?

No modern paints contain lead. A number of colours of paint contained lead compounds, including red yellow and white paints. The compositions of the paints varied from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Why we have to use lead free solder?

ANSWER:The use of lead has been reduced over the years because exposure to lead can cause health and reproductive problems. The reason is lead is a heavy metal and once introduced into your body, it is almost impossible to remove it again. Lead has been removed from most paints produced in the US, although some foreign countries do not feel this is in their best interests to use lead free paints and products to the detriment of their citizens. The US has also removed lead from the gasoline we use. See the related link for more information on lead poisioning.

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in petrol we have 2 types.they are 1.leaded petrol 2.unleaded petrol in leaded petrol we have lead compounds so we call it as leaded petrol. in unleaded petrol we do not have lead compounds. the use or advantage of unleaded petrol is it does not emit harmful gases in to the environment. but leaded petrol emits harmful gases. cracking process takes place in unleaded petrol. cracking means it is a process of converting harmful gases into harmless gases. but this cracking process cannot be done in leaded petrol bcoz lead compounds decomposes the catylsts used in cracking process

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The beneifits of petrol is that it fuels your car and it lets it go many kilometres. Petrol is also a fossil fuel and will be around for the next hundred of years. Also petrol doesn't contain lead, unlike the earlier types of petrol which contained lead and can damage your heath. the benefit of petrol is that it gives fuel to your car so it can work and drive kilometers and more.

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In older houses gas pipes and "lead flashing" around chimneys was made of lead. Car batteries and many household batteries also contain Lead.