I’m not sure how relevant this is, but I know I’ve had orders for
jewelry for children under 12 on more than a few occasions. I don’t
make jewelry for children as a matter of course, but I think there
are a few out there who do.
The below came to me in an email from craftlisters.com
What is happening?
HR 4040 - This will mandate expensive lead testing on all
individual products for children, including handmade crafts.
What you can do:
Write to CPSC by Jan 30th 2009:
Vote on Jan 5th 2009:
Recent messages to CraftLister:
I received your posting about the CPSC regs on lead and children's items. The scope of this situation is missing from your email. It is not just toys that are affected. ANY item that a child to 12 years of age might come in contact with must be tested. Saying that an item is for children over 12 is not sufficient. If they decide that an item can be used by a child under 12 it must have been tested. This includes not only toys but clothes, diapers, car seats (and covers), furniture, jewelry (even if not children's if usable by same), etc. The testing is estimated to cost thousands of dollars. Each lot, size, color must be tested individually (if one uses lumber, each board is a separate lot, fabric from different bolts is different lots). Even if one can afford to pay for the testing, the labs are not interested in working with small companies the size of most craftspeople. The item is destroy ed in testing, so one of a kind items can no longer be made. Items in stock on the date this goes into affect, February 12, 2009 must meet the requirements or be destroyed. Under this law not only will most of us who make items remotely usable by children be out of business, the price of items sold same will skyrocket in price. It is urgent that implementation of this law be stopped. A good idea has gone ridiculous. I spoke directly with the CPSC at length on 12/31. It is not just importers, it is everyone who deals in ANY children's products. Crafters/artisans ARE considered manufacturers. There is a ballot vote being held on 1/5 to discuss natural materials such a wood, cotton, etc. for exemption. But only items that contain NO other materials would be exempt. So if you attach anything, paint the item, etc. it must be tested.