New Laws 4 Kids Apparel
Apparel Mag hipped us to the new the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act means to us as both manufacturers and consumers. CPSIA signed into law in August 2008, amended the Consumer Product Safety Act and related laws, and is having a dramatic impact on a wide swath of industry involved in making, importing and selling consumer products (namely toys and apparel) in the United States. Some of the most far-reaching aspects of CPSIA include its new lead limits and ban on phthalates (a plasticizer used in silk screening ink), as well as its testing and certification requirements.The commission has affirmed that apparel intended for children 12 and younger must comply with the lead limits. In an effort to further provide clear and reasonable guidance, the commission recently issued a statement of its enforcement policy with respect to the lead limits. In its statement, the commission clarified certain exemptions and exclusions, including those for product classes whose lead content is consistently below the lead limits. Included in the exclusions are dyed or undyed textiles (not including leather, vinyl or PVC), and non metallic thread and trim used in children’s apparel and other children’s fabric products.
Although this would appear to provide substantial relief for the children’s apparel industry, this exclusion explicitly does not include any such products if they have undergone further treatment that may impart lead, if they are ornamented with metal, rhinestones or other objects, or if they have plastic or metal fasteners with possible lead content (such as snaps, grommets, zippers or buttons).
Which means if you are making stuff for the childrenz, make sure it fits the bill or you in big big trouble!
Via: Apparel Mag