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
- 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)
- Children's Jewelry
- Baby Items