CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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