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Possible CPSIA Exemptions!

Yes, Christmas came a day early here when I saw this link:

http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/leadlimits.pdf

This is a link to a ballot that is currently before the Commission (due by January 5th) that lists the folling as excluded:

  • Precious Gemstones: Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald
  • Certain semiprecious gemstones, defined as any of many minerals and other materials commonly used to make jewelry and other adornments
    • Provided that the mineral or material is not based on lead or lead compounds and is not associated in nature with any mineral that is based on lead or lead compounds; minerals that contain lead or are associated in nature with minerals that contain lead include, but are not limited to, the following: Aragonite, Bayldonite, Boleite, Cerussite, Crocoite, Linarite, Mimetite, Phosgenite, Vandinite, and Wulfenite
  • Natural or cultured Pearls
  • Wood
  • Natural fibers, including cotton, silk, wool, hemp, flax, and linen
  • Other natural materials including coral, amber, feathers, fur, and untreated leather

Now obviously, I am thrilled over this and plan on having a nice celebration should it actually pass. The problem with it for othersd, however, is that these exemptions are pre-empted with this statement:

[This exemption only applies] to a material that is untreated and unadulterated by the addition of materials or chemicals including pigments, dyes, coatings, finishes or any other substance, and has not undergone any processing that could result in lead content that exceeds CPSIA lead limits.

So while I have always stuck to my guns on keeping my child-oriented toys completely unfinished, there are others who use food grade and child safe finishes. Additionally, while it is great they are considering to exempt those natural fibers, nobody wants to play or use colorless items. There needs to be a way to a way for “the little guy” the use dyes and pigments in their fabric that is both safe and affordable.

And if they determined food grade finishes were safe, too…well, that would be pretty nice of them 🙂

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4 comments on “Possible CPSIA Exemptions!

  1. Pamela Kramer
    December 28, 2008

    Thanks for spreading the word to your readers. You’re right children do like color.

  2. Mommy Bee
    January 5, 2009

    I’m glad to see this list of exemptions…they need to consider more than toys though. I make cloth diapers–obviously I can’t just start catering to people over age 12!! I’d be happy to attach tags to all my products with the disclaimer that I have not tested for lead, but as a small-time WAHM I think they need exceptions based on the size of the producer, not just the products involved.

  3. Azim
    January 9, 2009

    Any word on the result of the January 5 vote?

  4. grecowoodcrafting
    January 9, 2009

    Azim- Actually just today did they finally put something on their site about this. You can read about it here:

    https://grecowoodcrafting.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/change-is-coming/

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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