By Analou De Vera
A cause-oriented group has reminded school officials to make sure that medals and trophies that will be given to graduating students should be lead-free.
The Ecowaste Coalition urged school authorities to ensure that the medals are safe from harmful components, this after the group found “cheap and unlabeled medals” tainted with lead and are being sold for as low as P25 in Quiapo and Sta. Cruz, Manila.
“Despite the regulatory ban, we still find school achievement medals decorated with lead paint,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition.
“Children’s products must be safe from lead, a hazardous substance that is known to harm the brain, decrease intelligence, stunt development and growth, and cause behavioral disorders,” he added.
The group advised schools to go for plain, unpainted medals “unless the paint used is guaranteed compliant with government’s regulations.”
“As added precaution, schools should caution student recipients against playing with or biting painted medals to avoid potential exposure to lead through ingestion,” said Dizon.