If you ask someone with kids if they want them to play with toys that are safe, the obvious answer is yes. However, if you ask them how they know the toys are safe, the answer probably doesn’t come as quick. This article is intended to bring to light the US Toy safety requirements and refer you to additional resources to learn more.
Laws to ensure toys safety
Over the past 10 years, there have been multiple laws that have taken effect in the United States to protect the children from dangerous manufacturing practices.
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act: This act was enacted in August of 2008, and mandated that toys that contained even more than 600 million parts per million total amount of lead was not to be sold. Those products that were manufactured before or on 10 February 2009, will not be allowed to sell if they possess, more than 0.1% of specific phthalates and if they are unable to meet the standards of the manufacturing process of toys. This limit of 600 parts per million in substrates was later reduced in 2009 to 300 parts per million in substrates and 90 parts per million in surface coatings. This law act is applicable to the United States of America. The act mandates that all the manufacturers producing the products domestically, certify the children’s products be made according to the standards of safety prescribed by the government and the lead ban. The act strictly prohibits the sellers of the used children’s toys like thrift shops and second hand stores to certifying the toys that are sold according to the new standards. Exposure to lead is obviously very bad, especially in young children and this law was passed to help protect kids.
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act: This act is a landmark in the child’s safety laws passed by the US congress. The acts necessitates that the children’s products, comply with the safety rules and regulations set by the act. It requires the child’s product to be tested, in a authority tested laboratory unless and until it is subject to exception. It requires that the product possess a written product certificate that can provide the evidence of the compliance of the product. It requires the product to have permanent tracking information that is attached to the product that allows it to be tracked wherever it goes. The act states that every company responsible for selling children’s products is requires adhering to a set of rules and standards set. These standards include an acceptable amount of lead, acceptable surface coating materials, toy safety tenets, durable toddler products, thirdly party certification and testing and phthalates. Phthalates is a group of chemicals that are used to make the plastic much more flexible and much harder to break. These are often called plasticizers. Some of the phthalates are used in form of solvents and dissolving agents in the production of other materials. It also looks into tracking labels and managing imports. There is a simple way to be sure of the fact that the toy meets the safety norms of the guidelines. On the packaging of the toy .One can look for the sign that says that the toy conforms to the ASTM F963 and the Phthalate standards .In addition one can always contact the manufacturer of the toy and find out the Safety product certificate that the toys are being certified with.
Marble Run Safety
It is essential to monitor young children at all times when they play with marbles. Children age 3 and below are especially prone to put things in their mouth, which is why their is a choking hazard warning on anything with marbles. Storing marbles safely away from young children is very important.
In addition to the choking hazards that come from marbles that are in Marble Run Sets, there are other safety considerations. Some Marble Run Sets have lots of small parts that can easily break off and become a choking hazard. This is something to watch out for!
At Marble Genius, we take child safety very seriously and make sure our Marble Run products fully comply with the current laws. We leverage certified testing laboratories that do this for us. Before you buy any toy, make sure to look for the label that states that the toy complies with ASTM 963 standards. Also, if you have any concerns that they comply, ask them for their Child Product Safety Certificate that demonstrates the appropriate testing has bee completed by certified laboratories. Here is a link to our Children's Product Certificate.