ASTM F963-08 PDF

It is continually reviewed by ASTM International members to keep pace with innovation, to incorporate new information, and to ensure consistent application. The global toy industry has worked to make these two standards functionally equivalent on most key attributes. The committee develops standards for a wide variety of consumer goods, including juvenile products, toys, playground equipment, candles, and pool safety. The subcommittee that maintains F is F

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It is used in batteries, bullets and shot, weights, solder, some metal alloys e. Like other heavy metals, lead is a potent neurotoxin that accumulates in soft tissues and bone over time. Lead poisoning was even documented in ancient times in Greece, Rome, and China. Lead poisoning damages the nervous system especially in young children and can cause blood and brain disorders and has even been linked to learning disabilities in children at low levels. Lead poisoning typically results from ingestion of lead contaminated materials or lead based paint.

The concern about lead exposure in children has brought about the passage of stricter legislation to reduce its use the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of This involves implementing and adhering to a reasonable testing program.

Part of that reasonable testing program is to perform compliance testing. Section a of the CPSIA states that, as of August 14, , products designed or intended for children 12 and younger cannot contain more than ppm of lead this applies to substrate materials. The lead limit for paints or surface coatings is 90 ppm. Currently the CPSC exempts the following materials from 3rd party testing and certification: precious gemstones and semiprecious gemstones; natural or cultured pearls; wood; paper and similar materials; traditional CMYK process printing inks; textiles of natural fibers; some manufactured fibers; other plant-derived and animal-derived materials; surgical steel and other stainless steel; and precious metals.

But any textiles that have undergone after-treatment applications, such as screen prints, transfers, decals, or other prints still need to be certified for compliance. Contact our staff here at ATS for further details on those materials requiring compliance testing.

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