Lead Testing

Lead's toxicity has been known since the turn of the 20th century, after it was proven to be harmful to those working on/in and living in facilities painted with lead paint.  Lead exposure comes in numerous forms including as dust, water, contaminated soil, flaking and peeling paint and more.

IMR Test Labs is an accredited third party testing laboratory offering lead testing to meet regulations including RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, the Consumer Product Safety Act of 2008 (CPSIA) and California's Prop 65.  

We have a long history of providing the highest quality chemical analysis services for the evaluation of materials and products for the presence of hazardous substances. Whether you need compliance to a certain specification, or need the information to satisfy retailer requirements, IMR can provide you a professional report with clear pass/fail results.

Learn more about our capabilities below, or request a quote today.

CPSIA Lead Testing

In 2007, children’s toys and products were found to have high levels of lead – even though there were rules in place intended to prevent that from happening. Some 45 million toys and other children’s products were recalled – reminding Americans that no government agency tests toys before they are put on the shelves.

Congress heard a lot of complaints about it and created a bill in 2007 (actually 2 bills – one in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate), and on August 14, 2008, President Bush signed the House bill “H.R. 4040” into law.  The law, now known as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 [CPSIA], mandates that children’s products be tested by third party laboratories for the presence of hazardous substances.

Many major US retailers now require testing for lead and additional hazardous substances before accepting shipments of products into their warehouses.

Some manufacturers have been known to substitute other equally hazardous materials such as cadmium (Cd) and antimony (Sb) when lead was rejected in products such as jewelry and other children's goods.  IMR also offers testing for these hazardous materials to ensure your peace of mind and to avoid costly recalls, and most importantly, detrimental effects on the health of those utilizing your products.

The CPSIA testing protocol starts initially with lead, adding phthalates and then other substances over a period of time.  

Lead Testing Services Offered

  • Sample preparation by cutting, grinding, ashing, combustion, digestion, extraction, and other methods as required by sample type
  • ICP Analysis (Inductively Coupled Plasma–Atomic Emission Spectroscopy)
  • XRF Screening (X-ray Fluorescence)

 

SOME OF THE PRODUCTS IMR HAS TESTED For CPSIA compliance

  • Toys
  • Apparel embellishments such as zippers, zipper pulls, buttons, rhinestones, snaps.  (Fabric does not need to be tested as the lead washes out of the fabric)
  • Shoes
  • Books
  • Children's Jewelry
  • Baby Items
  • Furniture
  • Accessories

 

RoHS Testing

European Directive 2002/95/EC, also known as the Restriction of (certain) Hazardous Substances or the RoHS Directive, was published in February of 2003. This directive states that electrical and electronic products put on the market within the EU cannot contain lead and other hazardous substances including cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) after July 1, 2006.

RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) was made into law as of January 2, 2013. This document expanded the categories of devices that must be compliant. 

IMR Test Labs' chemists have put a great deal of emphasis on staying current with RoHS and other hazardous substance testing regulations so that you can ensure you're providing safe products into the market.

We look forward to working with you.  Request a quote today.