I spent over 2 hours surfing on the Internet to find out the latest on the new Federal Law concerning lead in children's products. I saw a post on Rena Klingenberg's Jewelry business blog and it reminded me of the lead in children's jewelry problem. The original post started in December 2007 and follows what has happened since. The latest contribution was by Russ Nobbs of Rings and Things, a very reputable jewelry component supplier. I buy lots of my components from them just because they are forthright about such things as lead in their products and they have good stuff.
The law is supposed to take effect on February 9, 2009. It effects jewelry and anything else, toys, clothing etc whether hand made or made by large manufacturers made for children under 12. This really effects many small crafters as each item must be tested for lead whether the components are even suspicious for containing lead or not. You can just imagine the effect of that on small businesses.
Crafters of children's toys got up in arms and did the petition, contact your lawmaker route and apparently had some effect.
Anyhow, Russ's post on Rena's blog explained that:
"Yesterday, Feb 2, 2009 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a one year stay for the new regulations. The stay does NOT exempt “metal components of children’s metal jewelry (effective for products manufactured after March 23, 2009)” The text of the stay is at http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr09/stayenforce.pdf The CPSC website is http://www.cpsc.gov/
"I’m sure the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America (MJSA) and the other national organizations pressure along with comments from many of us influenced this stay. I’m sure the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America (MJSA) and the other national organizations pressure along with comments from many of us influenced this stay.
"As a result, third-party testing and certification will still be required for children’s jewelry products made after March 23, 2009. Those items must contain no more than 600 ppm (0.06 percent) lead content by weight. That threshold will drop to 300 ppm (0.03 percent) in August. The CPSC has until November to establish compliance protocols and testing for random samplings."
My response to this problem is
2) not market my jewelry to any one under 12.
Now that is not easy to do. What if someone asks me to make a 6 inch bracelet? Should I ask if it is for a child? Assume it is for a child? Ask if they will sue me if it is for a child?
I hope this post was helpful (Thanks to Rena Klinenberg and Russ Nobbs for the information included). Let me know what you think and consider checking out some of the links or doing some surfing yourself.
PS I found this interesting NPR report this morning.