CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY BANS & CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR LEAD CONTENT

Lead paint ban for children’s products

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued the third-party testing requirements for children’s products subject to the general lead paint ban under 16 CFR 1303 of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). Children’s products subject to this ban manufactured after December 21, 2008 will require third-party testing and certification that they meet this requirement. Examples of products include children’s textile and apparel products with painted buttons, buckles, zippers, and ornaments.

Progressive ban on lead content in children’s products

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) also requires a progressive ban on children’s products containing a certain amount of lead, with the first phase beginning February 10, 2009. On this date, children’s products in inventory as well as new production containing more than 600 parts per million total lead content by weight for any part of the product will be considered banned hazardous substances. Examples include children’s apparel snaps, rivets, buttons, zippers, and eyelets.

Information on this and other recent developments can be obtained from our technical consulting group.