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Paint on playground equipment has been found to contain high amounts of the toxin lead – up to 40 times recommended levels, research suggests. The study – published in the journal Science of the Total Environment – said the levels may pose a significant risk to young children. Scientists from Plymouth University tested the content of paints on play equipment at 50 parks in England.Expert Dr Andrew Turner said the levels were “completely avoidable”. Lead is listed among the top 10 “chemicals of major public health concern”, by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Source: Toxic paint levels at playgrounds, research suggests – BBC News