Understanding the Use of Lead in Consumer Products
CPSC Staff Roundtable: Understanding the Pending Lead Legislation and the Use of Lead in Consumer Products, May 13, 2008
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC staff held a one-day roundtable, “Understanding the Pending Lead Legislation and the Use of Lead in Consumer Products” on May 13, 2008. This roundtable was intended to provide stakeholders with an understanding of the pending Congressional action on lead and the use of lead in consumer products, especially children’s products.
CPSC staff discussed pending lead legislation and enforcement issues, current events abroad, and laboratory testing procedures for lead. Industry representatives discussed the use of lead in consumer products for example, paints and coatings, toys, plastics, jewelry, electronics, batteries and textiles, potential substitutes for lead in their products, best practices that can be implemented to eliminate or reduce the use of lead, and differences between domestic manufacturing plants and their practices and those outside the U.S. The roundtable included question and answer sessions and discussions led by the CPSC staff. A wrap-up session for final comments and questions and answers concluded the day.