In recent months it has been reported that the hazardous substance Cadmium has been taking the place of Lead in the manufacturing of some childrens jewelry. Both Cadmium and Lead are proven hazardous materials with many negative health affects associated to each, but as manufacturers attempt to avoid regulations on Lead content they turned to unregulated Cadmium.
After the reports surfaced, in an effort to protect consumers, several states introduced legislation to ban jewelry with high levels of the hazardous metal (essentially regulating Cadmium content). Two states, Connecticut and Minnesota, have recently passed this legislation and will limit the allowable Cadmium levels in a piece of jewelry to 75 ppm (parts-per-million). These regulations will affect importers, wholesalers and retails – we have already seen major retail chains (most notably Wal-Mart) pull a variety of tainted childrens jewelry from shelves.
While CPSC reviews methods of testing for Cadmium and Lead content in jewelry (and other goods) to protect consumers; many affected businesses have already turned to X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) to screen their goods. These organizations choose to have in-house screening to confirm third party test results that goods are within the stated guidelines for both toxic metals.
Quickshot XRF will continue to post updates as information becomes available on XRF’s role in testing, screening and compliance – and any regulatory news that may affect you and your business.
(QSX Instruments LLC is providing information only and makes no warranties or representations about specific dates, coverage, or application. Consult with appropriate legal counsel for the specific application of the law to your business and products.)