With the recent uproar over lead in toys and the ensuing passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, retailers should be paying more attention than ever to safety test reports on toys and other children’s products. In 2009, it’s not enough just to check that the samples tested comply with current safety standards. As with anything else, the devil is in the details—in this case, the detailed section that should be included in each testing report.
As many of you already know, the CPSIA mandated third-party lead testing on a phased-in schedule that began on 22nd December, 2008, as part of new limits imposed on lead content in toys and other products.
Those regulations will reduce the permissible lead content in paint and surface coatings from the current 600 parts per million (ppm) to 90 ppm on 14th August, 2009. They also cap lead content in the product itself at 600 ppm—effective this month— with lower 300 and 100 ppm limits taking effect on 14th August, 2009, and 14th August, 2011, respectively.
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