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Toy Industry Statement on XRF Technology for CPSIA Screening

I recently found some information while reviewing the Toy Industry Association Inc (TIA) website about CPSIA Screening and the potential role of x-ray fluorescence.  Below is the opening paragraph of a statement from the website.  Below that I have also included a link to the full statement and a CPSIA Resource page from the TIA website.

From the Toy Industry Association statement:
Based upon information provided by experienced engineers, safety authorities, and manufacturers of the instruments involved, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) believes that X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) technology may be reliably used as a screening mechanism for detecting the presence of  heavy metal elements in toys when  prescribed test methods are followed and the appropriate standard reference materials are used. 

As noted in previous posts, CPSIA Screening is one of the most popular uses of the Quickshot XRF Handheld Analyzer.  The above information provides some useful information for toy importers, manufacturers, retailers, etc as all aspects may be affected by CPSIA regulations.

CPSIA Screening vs CPSIA Testing

Is your organization and its product line affected by CPSIA regulations?

If so, you may already be utilizing an outside organization to provide you with critical information that can affect your company.  That is CPSIA testing and is a requirement under the current regulation (third party testing).

CPSIA Screening Equipment

CPSIA Screening Equipment

However, one of the most popular uses of the Handheld XRF analyzer from QSX Instruments continues to be in-house screening of consumer products.  This secondary screening for lead, cadmium and other hazardous metals relating to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is popular as a safeguard for companies that also have third party testing completed and/or receive compliance information from their suppliers.

The companies that use our analyzer want the extra layer of protection – they may have a portion of their product tested by an outside source or they may receive assurance by a supplier…but as one Handheld XRF user told me “at the end of the day, its my butt on the line”.  Having the ability to verify with in-house screening procedures (utilizing a Quickshot XRF Handheld Analyzer) adds that extra layer of assurance that products meet the standards and the outside testing information is correct.

Current users of the Quickshot XRF for CPSIA Screening include:
-  Sporting Good Manufacturers and Distributors
-  Cosmetics/Beauty Product Importers
-  Clothing and Accessory Manufacturers
-  Jewelry Importers and Retailers
-  Arts and Crafts Supply Manufacturers
Many more could be listed since so many industries are affected…

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New (shorter) Handheld XRF Video Demo

A new video demonstration has been posted to the Quickshot XRF Youtube Channelthanks to toy cheese.

Toy Cheese Lead Test
Yes, cheese.  I had the chance to visit the main QSX facility recently and also visit with family that lives near by.  One night my nephew was chewing on a piece of toy cheese from a kids kitchen set and I thought “I hope that doesn’t contain lead”.  So, I took it into the office and tested the toy on the Quickshot XRF Handheld Analyzer using the CPSIA Screening software.  Luckily; it showed lead content as a non-detect…so he can chew away (?).

After running that test I wanted to tape a shorter video than our previous one on the Handheld XRF Analyzer.  The video runs through the initialization and measurement procedures related to hazardous substance testing.

You can probably tell from looking around our website but detection of lead, cadmium and other heavy metals is a major application for XRF technology.  The QSX handheld system performs very well on the application and has been chosen by a variety of companies looking to screen per the CPSIA regulations – sporting good manufacturers, childrens jewelry importers, textile and clothing manufacturers and more.

At Quickshot XRF the moddo is “consider us for the price…choose us for the performance” and that is what people have been doing.  Enjoy the video; more will be posted soon and feel free to make any suggestions…


CPSC Approved Final Rule Relating to CPSIA

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has drafted and approved its final rule on the factors that will be considered when seeking civil penalties relating to three consumer goods related acts; including the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).  

Section 217 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) (often referred to in this XRF-Blog) amended the criteria the CPSC must consider when determining the penalty amount for violations of CPSA and other acts.  The maximum penalty for violations was also increased to $100,000.

The release from the CPSC can be read in full here.  One of the factors that, in our opinion, is an important one to note is “the appropriateness of the penalty in relation to the size of the business or of the person charged, including how to mitigate undue adverse economic impacts on small businesses“.  While it is not stated what factors are considered when considering a businesses size (annual sales, net work, number of employees, etc?), this is good news for a number of businesses that have major concerns on how CPSIA will affect them…although a penalty for violation is still a penalty.

The increased penalties, however, are another reason that organizations (especially larger product importers, manufacturers and distributors) should consider adding in-house screening of products for CPSIA compliance.  While third party testing is required and will often provide reliable results; there is no substitute for the protection that in-house testing for hazardous substances provides.   XRF Analyzers from QSX Instruments can provide assurance that third party testing is correct and help minimize your risk for violations (and the penalties that come with).

CPSIA Stay of Enforcement

Based on a news release from the CPSC (which can be viewed in full here) the CPSC has extended the date for third party testing of childrens products.

The release reads “…the Commission voted 4-1 to extend the stay on certification and third party testing for children’s products subject to lead content limits until February 10, 2011. Under this decision, products must still meet the 300 ppm lead limit now, but certification and third party testing to show compliance will be required for all children’s products manufactured after February 10, 2011. A children’s product is one that is primarily intended for children 12 and younger…”

XRF testing toy package

XRF testing toy package

Also noted, is that “…Domestic manufacturers and importers are not required to test nonchildren’s products using an independent third party lab. However, they must certify that nonchildren’s products comply with applicable CPSC regulations by issuing a general certificate of conformity (GCC) based on a reasonable testing program…”

XRF Analyzers can assist in providing a testing solution for your compliance needs.  Through our versatile XRF rental programs a company can prove compliance to regulations that affect a product line or by adding a low-cost Handheld XRF analyzer an organization can have a permanent method of in-house compliance testing.

Contact Quickshot XRF to discuss your product line and the testing solutions that we can offer for your CPSIA screening and other lead testing needs.