Consumer Product Safety
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. Chemserve can help you stay in compliance for the following programs:
Lead in Children's Toys, Jewelry, and Paint
ChemServe is certified to perform lead paint testing for the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. It employs state of the art sample preparation techniques and analysis instrumentation. Lead can be a concern in any type of children’s toy that has a painted coating, whether it’s one color or several colors in several different areas on the toy.
Section 101. Children’s Products Containing Lead; Lead Paint Rule
The CPSIA lowers the amount of lead that can be in children’s products. Section 101 sets new limits for the lead content in children’s products and the amount of lead in the paint used on those products.
Lead Content Limits (current limit 100 ppm)
Lead in Children’s Non-Metal Products (toys & consumer products) - Chemserve will perform ICP lead in non-metal products analysis with microwave assisted digestion preparation. Our laboratory follows the procedure developed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission: CPSC-CH-E1002-08
Lead in Children’s Metal Products (jewelry) - Chemserve will perform ICP lead in metal products analysis with microwave assisted digestion preparation. Our laboratory follows the procedure developed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission: CPSC-CH-E1001-08
The amount of lead allowable in any children's product is 100 ppm or mg/kg. This includes metal jewelry, plastic parts, metal hardware, essentially any accessible part and a product that has an intended use for children 12 years old and younger.
Lead in Paint Limit (current limit 90 ppm)
Lead in Paint- Chemserve will perform ICP lead in paint analysis with microwave assisted digestion preparation. Our laboratory follows the procedure developed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission: CPSC-CH-E1003-09 for compliance with 16 CFR 1303
All surface coatings used on Children's Products and ALL furniture must be at or below 90 ppm for lead. There is NO stay of enforcement for lead in paint or other surface coatings
For more information on the lead regulations go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/sect101.html#requirements
This document is an unofficial description of one of the sections of the CPSIA and does not replace or supersede the statutory requirements of the new legislation. The dates used follow the legislation. Some may be subject to change based on final Commission action. These summaries are those of the CPSC staff and have not been reviewed or approved by, and may not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission.
Phthalates in Children’s Toys and Child Care Items
ChemServe is certified to perform Phthalate testing for the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. It employs microwave preparation sample preparation techniques followed by GC/MS analysis. The analysis includes the six phthalates that must currently be below the level of 0.1%. They are:
Dibutyl Phthalate Di-(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate
Benzyl Butly Phthalate Di-n-octyl Phthalate
Diisononyl Phthalate Diidodecyl Phthalate
Phthalates - Chemserve will perform GC/MS analysis with microwave assisted extraction preparation. Our laboratory follows the procedure developed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission: CPSC-CH-E1001-09.3
Section 108: Products Containing Certain Phthalates
What kind of products does the phthalates prohibition apply to?
Three phthalates, DEHP, DBP, and BBP, have been permanently prohibited by Congress in concentration of more than 0.1% in “children’s toys” or “child care articles.” A “children’s toy” means a product intended for a child 12 years of age or younger for use when playing, and a “child care article” means a product that a child 3 and younger would use for sleeping, feeding, sucking or teething.
Three additional phthalates, DINP, DIDP, and DnOP, have been prohibited pending further study and review by a group of outside experts and the Commission. This interim prohibition applies to child care articles or toys that can be placed in a child’s mouth or brought to the mouth and kept in the mouth so that it can be sucked or chewed that contains a concentration of more than 0.1% of the above phthalates.
Chemserve will also provide compliance analysis in meeting the ASTM F963 Toy Standard:
ASTM F963 Toy Safety Dissolved Metals – Chemserve will extract samples based on section 8.3 of the ASTM F963 Toy Standard for dissolved metals, and analyze by ICP with microwave assisted digestion for Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, Antimony, and Selenium.