Resolution 2003.06: Health Danger from Exposure to Lead in Consumer Products

Submitted by: New Brunswick Provincial Council

Whereas, Lead is hazardous to human health and even small amounts can have harmful effects on the intellectual and behavioural development of infants and young children; and

Whereas, Current lead content regulations under the federal Hazardous Products Act are considered inadequate to protect consumers, especially children, against lead exposure; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 83rd annual national convention assembled,

  • commend Health Canada for continued diligence in monitoring the lead content in consumer products through its Consumer Products Safety Bureau, and
  • urge the federal minister of health to give a high priority to the adoption and subsequent implementation of its Lead Risk Reduction Strategy, which proposes lead content regulations, and
  • urge the federal minister of health to enforce the proposed regulations with clearly defined penalties for non-compliance.

Requested Members’ Action:

  1. Write letters to the federal minister of health urging that high priority be given to implementing the government’s Lead Risk Reduction Strategy, while commending Health Canada for its diligence in monitoring the lead content in consumer products through the Consumer Products Safety Bureau.
  2. Become aware of the lead content in household and other products such as jewellery and children’s toys.