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Study finds unsafe lead concentration in paint on playground equipment

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 28, 2019   /  12:30 pm
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Children play at the integrated child-friendly space near Kampung Rambutan bus terminal in East Jakarta on May 28, 2019. A study conducted by Bali Fokus/Nexus3 Foundation found that at least 69 percent of playground equipment had a lead concentration over 90 parts per million, which is the national standard deemed safe for children.(The Jakarta Post/P.J. Leo)

The bright and colorful playground equipment and toys in Jakarta’s parks and green spaces may pose a danger in the long term, as a study has revealed that most of the paint used on the equipment contains a high level of lead that can be dangerous if it accumulates in the human body. A study conducted by Bali Fokus/Nexus3 Foundation, an environmental health NGO, found that at least 69 percent of playground equipment had a lead concentration over 90 parts per million (ppm), which is the national standard deemed safe for children. The 90 ppm lead limit is based on Indonesian National Standard (SNI) ISO 8124-1 enforced since 2014, which stipulates that the concentration of lead in paint must be less than 90 ppm. The study surveyed 32 parks in Jakarta that have playground equipment such as swings, seesaws and jungle gyms using an X-ray fluorescence portable analyzer in Septembe...