The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) through the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products.

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 works to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals. Enforcement of the CPS Act has made a significant contribution 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 lead in children’s toys, jewelry and paint, and phthalates in children’s toys and child-care items.

It has been recently reported that the carcinogen benzene is present in as many as one quarter of sunscreen and sunblock products with some products having up to three times the limit of 2 parts per million allowed by the Food and Drug Administration.  If you are concerned about benzene levels in sunscreen or any other consumer products Chemserve has the capability to test for benzene as part of our Volatile Organics Compound screen.

Lead testing services

ChemServe is certified to perform lead paint testing for the CPSC. 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.


XRF analysis

XRF (X-ray fluorescence) is a non-destructive analytical technique used to determine the elemental composition of materials.  XRF analyzers determine the chemistry of a sample by measuring the fluorescent (or secondary) X-ray emitted from a sample when it is excited by a primary X-ray source.


Phthalates in Children’s Toys and Child-Care Items

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products, such as toys, vinyl flooring and wall covering, detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, blood bags and tubing, and personal care products, such as nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions, soaps, shampoos, perfumes and other fragrance preparations.


Consumer packaging – Compliance with 2021 TPCH Model Legislation

Toxic in Packaging Clearing House Model legislation requires heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium and hexa-valent chromium, in food and consumer packaging be below the limit of 100 ppm. In February 2021, new guidelines were formulated by the TPCH that would add certain phthalates and PFAs to the model legislation. Information on the new proposal can be found here.

ChemServe has significant expertise in the packaging testing industry and has conducted TCPH testing for a wide-range of companies in the paper, pet food and film industries.  We can help your company get ahead of the proposed legislation.