Expert Answers: Government regulations for painting wooden toys

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Government regulations for painting wooden toys

Q. Our woodworking club makes wooden toy cars and other items to be given away to underprivileged children at Christmas. Are there any government regulations concerning the painting of these items before they are given away?

—David M. Reid, Woodworkers of Whittier


A. Great question, David. I posed it to Patty Davis, Acting Communications Director at the Consumer Products Safety Commission, who had the following to say on the matter.

—Paul Anthony, senior editor


“Children’s products must not contain a concentration of lead greater than 0.009 percent (90 parts per million) in paint or any similar surface coatings. Producers of painted toys for children are required to have a detailed Children’s Product Certificate showing when and where the paint was tested for compliance with the federal lead in paint requirement, although there’s no need to file a copy with the government. You should be able to obtain such a certificate from the paint manufacturer. For further information, visit cpsc.gov/Business--Manufacturing/Business-Education/Lead/Lead-in-Paint.”  

—Patty Davis, Communications Director at the Consumer Products Safety Commission


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