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Stories from the Clean Room

19th December, 2018

We, Prithvi Innovations, as member of IPEN, (International POPs Elimination Network), in collaboration with Amity University, Lucknow wish to invite one amd all for our global program, "Stories from the Clean Room", movie screening cum Open House session.

This program is a part of international campaign by IPEN ( International POPS Elimination Network) that works for toxics free future.

The note below  describes about the movie and the message it hopes to spread.
We would be extremely grateful to have you on 19th Dec, 2018, from 10.30 am to 12.00 pm at Clock tower Auditorium, Amity University Campus, Gomtinagar Extension.

Program Schedule:

10.00 am: Registration

10.30 am : Samaagam-Welcome & Inauguration

10.45 am : Sanchaar-Movie Screening

11.30 am : Samvaad- Panel Discussion cum open House

12.00 pm : Sambhav - Taking action.

12.15- Tea & Activity time

  1. a) Poster Making or
  2. b)  Sanchaar - Social media Page designing and sharing contest.

We request you to kindly confirm your gracious presence by 18th Dec, 2018 by mail or phone.


Program Glimpse:

Global showings of Stories from the Clean Room are an important way to raise awareness about a chemically intensive industry and advance key chemical safety and human rights issues.
Here are a few reasons why this is important:

Large amounts of toxic chemicals are used to make consumer electronics products we all use, but the links are hidden and need to be exposed to effect change.
Occupational exposure forms the basis of knowledge about harms to human health from chemicals but is largely neglected as a campaign and policy topic.
Even though more than 100 countries agreed in the SAICM process to make hazardous chemicals in electronics a global priority issue, it has largely been ignored.
In many countries, women represent the majority of the electronics production workforce, making it a case study for the relationship between women and chemical safety.
Electronics production showcases the importance of precaution, prevention, right to know, right to a safe and healthy working environment, and compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights among others.

Finally, even though Stories from the Clean Room is about one country, its lessons are important for all countries. This is especially important as the electronics production rapidly expands as a "development opportunity" in developing and transition countries.

Background:
Mobile phones,area computers and TVs are blockbuster consumer products but their manufacture relies on and uses more than a thousand chemicals and other materials. This causes harm in production, exposes consumers to toxic chemicals during use, and releases toxic chemicals when products become electronic waste. That is why hazardous chemicals in electronics became a SAICM Global Emerging Policy Issue in 2009.

A key chemical safety issue in electronics production (like all production) is workplace right to know. Companies routinely claim "trade secrets" to conceal links between worker diseases and the company’s working environment and to prevent its sick workers from receiving compensation. As the global hub for electronics production shifted from the US to Asia, the industry also outsourced toxic chemical use as production soared. By the mid-1970s, there were about one million workers in electronics production in Asia and 90% of them were women.

SHARPS
Supporters for the Health and Rights of People in the Semiconductor Industry (SHARPS) is an IPEN Participating Organization in South Korea. Since 2007, SHARPS has collected more than 300 cases of occupational diseases in workers and achieved more than ten cases of legal recognition linking diseases to work in the electronics industry, mostly as precedent-setting decisions.

SHARPS decided to develop a visual record of the electronics industry victims by making a film featuring voices of former workers and their families. The 45-minute film "Stories from the Clean Room" weaves together the testimonies of 23 people whose lives have been impacted by the electronics industry.

In June 2017, the film stunned lawmakers as it premiered at South Korea’s national parliament.

Additionally, the three minute trailer It was created not only to promote the film, but to raise awareness of the issues.

You can see the global screenings list and the trailer for the film here on the movie page of the IPEN website(www.ipen.org) and Prithvi Innovations website.

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(from International Pops Elimination Network IPEN)

International Lead Prevention Week (ILPPWA) 2018 by the Global members of IPEN (International Pops Elimination Network)

Prithvi Innovations as a member of IPEN ,and as member of South Asia Hub participated in ILPPWA by raising awareness about the toxic effect of lead on living beings and contributed it's bit in collection of samples of local paints from UP for the purpose of the study conducted by Toxicslink,New Delhi,as given below:

Here is an update from Toxics Link on ILPPWA, 2018.

We observed ILPPWA, 2018 and apart from the radio show (shared with you earlier) we released the Lead in Paints, 2018 report on Friday.

A brief summary of the findings of the report:

To check the level of lead content in paints, locally manufactured paint samples were collected with the help of our NGO partners from nine states in the country (Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur and Rajasthan) and were analyzed using CPSC-CH-E1003-09 (Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) spectroscopy method in a NABL accredited laboratory (SPECTRO analytical lab. Ltd., Okhla, New Delhi). The study targeted the samples in two categories- manufactured pre-regulations and manufactured post regulations. The results found very high concentration of lead even in the samples manufactured after the regulations. A highest concentration of lead viz. 1, 99,345 ppm and 172921 ppm of lead was found in Addison(manufactures September 2017) and Flora (manufactured June, 2018) respectively. Few brands also had low lead content viz. 15 ppm in Indigo (manufactured August 2017) and 28 ppm in Home case glossy (manufactured September 2018).

In order to check the awareness levels, the study conducted two surveys- Consumer and Retailers. The surveys were conducted in eight states across the country (Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Rajasthan) with the help of our partner NGOs.

To understand the consumers' perspectives towards Lead in paints, 160 consumers were interviewed and the findings clearly pointed to critically low awareness amongst them with only 16% of the respondents being aware on the issue of lead in paints. The lack of awareness can be attributed to many reasons with the most prominent being negligible percolation of information from the retailers with only 1% respondents mentioning to be informed by the retailers about lead containing/lead free paints.

 For the retailer study, 20 retailers were interviewed. The study found low level of awareness about the issues associated with Lead in paints as well the regulation on Lead in paints. Only 32% retailers were aware about the presence of lead in paints and only 13% being aware about the national regulation on lead content in household paints. One of the major reasons of lack of awareness was minimal initiatives from the manufacturers end as only 17% respondents mentioned that the manufactures took any initiative to guide them on the issue. Since, the awareness is low; there is very little (7%) demand from the consumer end for the lead free paints. 

Media coverage:

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/health/household-paints-have-dangerous-amounts-of-lead-study-61954

https://www.devdiscourse.com/Article/health/232902-ngo-toxics-link-finds-varied-amount-of-lead-in-enamel-paints

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/study-finds-lead-in-enamel-paints/1410815

We are expecting some more press coverage in the coming days.

Also, Guide Foundation for Development (GFFD, India) with support from Toxics Link conducted a school programme on 27th October to observe ILPPWA, 2018.

Here is the media coverage:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/vijayawada/2018/oct/28/15-per-cent-respondents-aware-of-lead-poisoning-in-andhra-survey-1891082.html

Coordination Desk,