Since 2000 the lead industry has invested around €3 million in independent research into the health and environmental impacts of lead. Projects are commissioned and managed by the International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO) on behalf of the ILA.
ILZRO and ILA keep abreast of evolving scientific issues to ensure that any responses are based on up-to-date scientific knowledge. With specialist contacts and support in the academic, scientific and consulting communities worldwide, evidence-based scientific expertise is made freely available on matters relating to the health and environmental impacts of lead and on their optimum management and remediation.
One of the principles of the ILA Lead Action 21 programme and the association’s vision and commitment for a sustainable future, is the active support of scientific research, the application of its findings to the continual drive for improvement in health, safety and environmental performance and the implementation of risk management strategies.
Publication of research in peer reviewed scientific journals is seen as the most transparent and credible process to ensure that findings are shared with all stakeholders (including the scientific and regulatory communities) and a list of publications and reports of ILA environmental research programme between 2006-2015 have been produced.
Industry sponsored scientific research has been fundamental in enhancing the understanding of the risks to human health and the environment presented by exposure to lead and has been used extensively in documents, such as the EU Voluntary Risk Assessment and REACH Chemical Safety Reports, that have been seen as “state of the art” reviews. This research has also been extremely important in providing the industry with credibility in advocating for science-based decision making in Regulation.
In 2015 ILA environmental research programme reached a significant milestone with the development of the lead Biotic Ligand Model. This will be used for many years as the gold standard tool for assessing the risks of lead to freshwater systems and another significant milestone has also been reached with the development of a soil metal PNEC calculator for undertaking risk assessment of lead and other metals to soil organisms.
If you would like access to any of the publications or reports please contact ILA’s science manager Jasim Chowdhury.