Toxic paint used in Dutch trains

15th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

A newspaper reports that lead is added to the dye used to repair the worn out leatherette seats on NS trains.

The Netherlands – Dutch railways (NS) has been using toxic paint to repair the leatherette seats on the Dutch trains, reports De Telegraaf.

As the colour on the leatherette seats wears off, the only way to solve this problem is to add lead to the dye used to repair the seating. However, exposure to lead can cause birth defects and cause permanent learning disabilities and behavioural disorders in children.

The paper reports that internal regulations dating from 2002 banned the use of lead-based dyes.

In response, a NS spokesperson said: "The use of lead-based dyes is not prohibited, but it's not recommended. We continue to look for an alternative."

NS who places high priority on environmental friendliness has yet to inform the public about the health risks.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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