U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Amends Regulations Re: Exemptions From Lead Limit

Posted: 08/05/2013  browse the blog archive

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has amended existing regulations regarding exclusions from the strict lead limits of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA).

With the amendments, consumer products are now exempt from the CPSIA lead limits if:

  • The product, material, or component part requires lead because it is not practicable or technologically feasible to manufacture it without the use of lead
  • The product, material, or component part is not likely to be placed in the mouth or swallowed
  • The product, material, or component part will have no measurable adverse effect on public health or safety (meaning that it will result in no measurable increase in the blood lead levels of a child)

Companies seeking an exemption from the lead limits must petition the CPSC for one, and bear the burden of proof that their products meet the requirements of the above.

The Chanler Group, on behalf of citizen enforcers and other whistleblower clients, seeks to uncover toxic chemical exposures and government fraud in our everyday lives, to hold the offenders responsible for such violations of state and federal law, such as the CPSIA, accountable to the public, and to effectuate change for a cleaner environment.