Toy Safety Testing

Applied Technical Services, LLC recently attended Toy Fair 2010 in NYC. We were among the 1,100 exhibitors and over 25,000 attendees. We were present as an exhibitor, addressing concerns and detailing reasonable testing strategies with regards to Toy Safety Testing and CPSIA regulations for Children’s Toys & Childcare Articles. While attending Toy Fair, we also attended the Safety – TSCP Legislative Update. The informative session addressed the primary concerns in Children’s Toys & Childcare Articles, with the key focus for 2010 being on the following areas:

In our prior newsletter, we touched upon toxic chemicals, highlighting the risks of cadmium. We would like to dedicate this newsletter to the other four items of primary concern as stated in the Legislative Update: Choking Hazards, Magnets, Sharp Points, and Strangulation Hazards.

As a CPSC accredited full service testing lab, we provide our clients with certified compliance in accordance with ASTM and CPSC regulations. We have the capability to assist our customers with testing their items to the applicable toy safety standards. In speaking with our customers, we find that additional assistance with regards to physical and mechanical hazards is needed, and we can provide the necessary guidance to ensure that your products are safe for your customers. The current details and requirements for the CPSC focus area are as follows:

In researching labs to test and certify your items, it is important to work with a lab that is accredited to perform flammability testing to ASTM F963-08. Additionally, you may want to ensure that they have the ability to test to European flammability requirements for toys, which is EN 71 Part 2.

Hopefully this information provides you with clarification concerning testing in these four focus areas with regards to the Mechanical/Physical Hazards of toys. Keep in mind that we offer a variety of testing beyond the areas mentioned above. We are an American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) accredited lab with the capability to test not only the above outlined areas, but a wide range of other children’s consumer goods. For example we have the ability to test bunk beds, full size and non-full size cribs, baby walkers & bouncers, balls & marbles, dive sticks, rattles, pacifiers, sound producing toys, squeeze toys, stuffed toys, pom-poms, projectile toys, and determine proper age grading.

As always, it is best to test your item when you are in the design phase or to test prototypes. This provides assurance that your item is not putting a child at risk and helps avoid recalls. As a CPSC accredited lab partner, we hope to be a part of your “reasonable testing program” to ensure full compliance and safety.

Compliance Commentary

Wisconsin became the third US state, after Minnesota and Connecticut, to introduce legislation restricting the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and “sippy” cups. Senate Bill 271, the BPA-Free Kids Act, bans the manufacture or sale of new baby bottles or cups for children aged three years or younger that contain BPA. Similar legislation is being considered by the state of Pennsylvania, which in January held hearings on House Bill 221. This legislation would prohibit the manufacture, sale or distribution of certain child care articles containing BPA.

ATS Updates