CPSC Rule Slashes Acceptable Lead Paint Content

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an amendment to 16 CFR part 1303.1 that will lower the allowed amount of lead in paint and other coatings applied to consumer products, toys, some furniture, and other articles intended for use by children. The rule bans products where the lead content exceeds 0.06 percent of the weight of the total nonvolatile content of the paint or the weight of the dried paint film; on Aug. 14, 2009, that will drop to 0.009 percent.

Congress directed this reduction when it passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). That law mandated the cut to 0.009 percent, effective Aug. 14, 2009.

The agency's contact for more information is Hyun Sun Kim in the Office of the General Counsel, CPSC, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, email hkim@cpsc.gov.

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