Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of consumer goods are challenged to meet stringent regulations on permissible levels of lead and other toxic metals in their products. Keeping these hazardous materials out of the supply chains, and out of the hands of consumers, is a mounting concern as safety audits uncover a growing number of violations. The list of affected products is long and includes toys, jewelry, clothing, furniture, and cosmetics. In the wake of numerous product recalls, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) was passed to regulate lead levels in children’s toys and other products.
Portable Thermo Scientific Niton XRF analyzers are trusted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the European Union's Product Safety Enforcement Forum (PROSAFE), and other regulatory agencies to screen consumer products for lead and other regulated elements including barium, antimony, selenium, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and hexavalent chromium. They are the only XRF analyzers that are capable of differentiating between lead on the surface of an object such as clothing and lead that exists in all other substrates.
By enabling rapid screening of metals, plastic, wood, fabrics, and paints at the receiving dock, in the warehouse, during product assembly, and in finished goods, Niton XRF analyzers greatly reduce the chance that hazardous materials will enter the manufacturing process or accidentally end up on store shelves.
Niton analyzers are a key component of a reasonable testing program to demonstrate due diligence and satisfy General Conformity Certification (GCC) requirements. With XRF testing, you can be sure your manufacturing program is fully compliant while realizing significant improvements in the production process.
Toys: The paint on toys may contain lead, cadmium, and barium.
Apparel: Clothing may contain lead in the fabric, buttons, and zippers.
Furniture: The paint and wood finishes used in children's furniture, as well as the plastic, metal and other components used to build these furnishings, can contain hazardous levels of lead.
Jewelry: Children's metal jewelry may contain lead and cadmium.
Cosmetics: Lipsticks and other cosmetics have been found to contain lead.
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"The XRF analyzer allows us to do a quick, on-the-spot check for lead. It's portable, and we can use this technology and get immediate results." — Dr. Joel Recht, Director Chemistry Division, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission