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.

Existing Technology Being Used in New Ways

Our friends at Indoor Environment Connections (IEC) have offered several articles on the current concerns surrounding drywall.  They recently had a Q&A with a company that uses X-Ray Fluorescence as part of their drywall testing procedures. 

The article begins…”Handheld XRF analyzers have been in use for years in many fields for the purpose of scrap sorting, art/archaeometry, research and training, mining and exploration as well as detection of restricted materials.  One of the newest uses is in the detection of marker elements in gypsum wallboard to assist in determining the presence of Chinese reactive drywall that is plaguing many homes throughout the United States…”
         The article continues with Q&A about the technology and application
         The Full Article can be reviewed through this link on Page 25

A few points of interest that were noted in the answers:
     “XRF instrument is only one of several tools used to evaluate…”
     “…XRF is being introduced in conjunction with other testing in legal cases around the country.”

Check out the article for more thoughts on X-ray Fluorescence in drywall testing and contact IEC to receive their magazine.  Feel free to contact Quickshot XRF to speak with an Application Specialist on this.

Youtube Videos Update

Youtube Video

Youtube Video

In reviewing the Quickshot XRF Youtube page (linked here) we see that one video stands as the most viewed.  It is our quick clip of our QSX-79T Gold Tester web-demo and it is the first of our videos to reach 1,000 views.  Congratulations to the video!

Personally, I feel that the short demonstration of our Handheld XRF for RoHS testing is the more interested video but that’s because I developed it.  It is closing in on 400 views and I hope to see it hit 1,000 some day.

Maybe the gold tester video was viewed more because its less than a minute or gold testing is the most popular application or because our distributors show the video on their site?  Let us know what is important to you in a video and what X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) topics you would like reviewed in video – we look forward to getting on camera again.

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…

         Add to the conversation by commenting
          Do you feel having an extra layer of verification is important – or not? 
          Is it part of your procedures or one you are considering – or not?
 
          comment through the XRF-Blog or contact Quickshot XRF directly to discuss (linked here).

Cadmium Regulations Passed by Connecticut and Minnesota

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.)