Screening Children’s Apparel for Lead, Other Restricted Elements

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Screening Children’s Apparel for Lead, Other Restricted

The XRF gun provides quick, easy CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) friendly solutions for your screening requirements. In accordance with CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) or H.R. 4040, any product intended for children needs to comply with strict guidelines where lead (Pb) and other contaminants are concerned.  How can you as a retailer, importer or manufacturer of children’s apparel ensure compliance with these continually evolving laws?  Handheld XRF guns can certainly help with rapid non-destructive tests of the restricted elements. 

The XRF gun provides quick, easy CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) friendly solutions for your screening requirements. In accordance with CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) or H.R. 4040, any product intended for children needs to comply with strict guidelines where lead (Pb) and other contaminants are concerned.  How can you as a retailer, importer or manufacturer of children’s apparel ensure compliance with these continually evolving laws?  Handheld XRF guns can certainly help with rapid non-destructive tests of the restricted elements. 

Materials that are required to be tested

Although the CPSC has determined most textiles are compliant with the lead content limit, below are materials that are required to be tested in children’s clothing and child accessible products:

  • Appliques
  • Crystal beads
  • Glass beads
  • Purses
  • Wallets
  • Jewelry
  • Footwear
  • Zippers
  • Snaps
  • Buttons
  • Hair Accessories
  • Caps, Hats

By implementing a testing program for incoming stock and on the assembly line using the handheld XRF gun in addition to requesting documentation from supply chains, importers, retailers and manufacturers can verify compliance of apparel and accessories instantaneously. A report can be printed out, attached to the shipment and kept on file as well as be used as part of the GCC (General Conformity Certificate).

Whether you are a retailer, importer or manufacturer of children’s apparel, compliance can be made easier with the right tool. The XRF provides swift, accurate, reliable results in real-time so you can determine if any of your products should not be shipped or put on the shelf. In addition to Pb, the following restricted elements can be detected:

  • Antimony (Sb)
  • Barium (Ba)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Selenium (Se)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Arsenic (As)C
  • Chromium (Cr)
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