To understand the lead level in paints on sale in Guangzhou and value the exposure risk of paints lead for children, all kind ofpaints found in Guangzhou markets were examined by FAAS. The dissoluble lead was evaluated with Chinese National Standards and the total lead was evaluated with American Consumer Product Safety Act （CPSA） standards. The results showed that among 50 samples, 30 with dissoluble lead were higher than 90 mg/kg, not up to the standard rate of 60% （the highest 22 700 mg/kg, 252 times higher）, 36 with total lead higher than 600 mg/kg, not up to the standard rate was 72% （the highest 153 000 mg/kg, 255 times higher）. Among 11 manufactures, 5 with 24 breeds examined produced no eligible product, only 2 with 4 breeds examined with all eligible product. No lead level or not up to the standard rate werenot difference between the product of small countlyside factory and big enterprise. Green, yellow and red samples had more lead than other colors. In addition, 23 coloring stuff were examined and 2 contained high lead. It concluded lead contamination in paints on sale in Guangzhou markets was striking and that maybe another important source for children lead poisoning after petrol lead. To prevent children from lead poisoning and promote health, this situation should be taken seriously.
Trace Elements Science
flame atomic absorption spectrurnetry （FAAS）