The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has vote, for a sixth time, to extend the stay of enforcement on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The stay will be until December 31st, 2011 and is pertaining to total lead content in children’s products (except for metal components of children’s metal jewelry) and on the certification and independent third-party testing requirements for lead and other heavy metals permitted in children’s products.
This stay does not apply to the federal regulation and limits on lead, however, General Certificates of Conformity (GCC) are not required on children’s products other than painted surfaces and children’s jewelry. This means that businesses are still required to ensure that their children’s products do not contain any levels of lead above the regulated limit of 300 Parts Per Million (PPM) for all children’s products and 90 PPM for painted surfaces.
Children’s metal jewelry and painted surfaces need to be tested by third-party independent laboratories that utilize specific “destructive” testing methodologies such as ASTM-F963. Businesses selling children’s products need to ensure that their products to not contain lead and other metals passed certain limit standards set with the CPSIA, but they do not need to have their children’s products certified and tested by third-party laboratories until December 31st, 2011, except for painted products and children’s jewelry.
Businesses big and small now have an additional ten months to begin certification testing which can be very expensive. Certification testing was set to begin February 11th 2011 and each test can cost potentially hundreds of dollars.
X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) testing is one such way for businesses to test children’s products to determine if those products contain lead or other potentially regulated heavy metals and limit testing expenses. XRF analyzers are a non-destructive, often hand-held device that uses X-rays and spectral analysis for positive identification of elements. Testing costs are typically between $3 and $10 per test.
Essco Safety Check is helping manufactures, importers, retailers, charities and other businesses with helping to identify if lead or other regulated metals are present in consumer products and other items.
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