Lead, Cadmium, and Other Chemicals

 

 Lead, Cadmium, and Other Chemicals

 

When you purchase a Beadalon product you are buying the confidence of years of product development, compliance and testing expertise. In addition, to our in-house XRF chemical testing equipment, Beadalon sends out hundreds of product samples each year to be subjected to a variety of tests including Lead, Cadmium, Phthatlate, and many other workmanship tests. 

 

Our Beadalon branded glues Beadfix and Designer Bead Stringing glues have all had a Toxicology Risk Assessment and where applicable LHAMA reviews.

 

Beadalon actively works to reduce all potentially hazardous chemicals throughout our product line.  We aim to be lower than the children’s standards set forth in CPSIA rules.  When this is not possible, we meet the Proposition 65 limits.  

Currently, there are two major sets of standards addressing jewelry products. The first is CPSIA and the second is Proposition 65.  

Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
This act pertains to products designed or primarily intended for children 12 years of age or younger. Beadalon does not fall within the legislations guidelines as our products are intended for adults 13 years or older. All current beadalon packaging reflects a statement that our products are intended for adult use only. (13 and over) 
http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.HTML

California Proposition 65  
Since the CPSIA governs Children's Jewelry, most of the beading/jewelry industry provides products that fall under California Prop 65 guidelines. While the Proposition 65 list is extremely long with around 1000 chemicals, there are 3 major chemicals that have been associated with jewelry and jewelry making tools. 

http://www.oehha.org/Prop65/p65faq.html

 

  

The first chemical is lead. Prop 65 reflects 3 classes of components when addressing lead. 

 

 

• CLASS 1 COMPONENTS •   (No Warning Needed)

Stainless and surgical steels
Karat gold
Sterling silver
Platinum, palladium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium ("platinum group metals")
Natural and cultured pearls.
Glass, ceramic, and crystal decorative components (e.g., cat's eye, cubic zirconia somtimes called cubic zirconium, CZ), glass, rhinestones, cloisonne).
Any Gemstone that is cut and polished for ornamental purposes except the following:
aragonite, bayldonite, boleite, cerussite, crocoite, ekanite, linarite, mimetite, phosgenite, samarskite, vanadinite, and wulfenite.
Elastic, fabric, ribbon, rope, and string with no intentional lead and not otherwise listed as a Class 2 component.
Natural decorative materials (e.g., amber, bone, coral, feathers, fur, horn, leather, shell, wood) that are in their natural state or are treated in a way that does not add lead.
Adhesive

 


• CLASS 2 COMPONENTS •  (No Warning needed when within listed content limits)

COMPONENT

LEAD CONTENT LIMITS

Metal substrates that are electroplated

Metal alloys with less than 10 percent lead by weight ("88 metal") that are electroplated with suitable under and finish coats and that are plated utilizing the Best Management Practices described in Exhibit C. For Covered Products shipped by a Settling Defendant t hat is a Supplier after December 31, 2008 to a third party for retail sale in California, and for products sold or offered for retail sale in California by a Settling Defendant after August 31, 2009, this standard shall be a metal alloys with less than 6 percent lead by weight ("92 metal") that are electroplated with suitable under and finish coats and that are plated utilizing the Best Management Practices described in Exhibit C.

Unplated metal not defined as Class 1 Components.

1.5%

Metal (plated and unplated) used in Children's Products

0.06% (600ppm)

Plastic/Rubber (e.g., acrylic, polystyrene, plastic beads/stones, polyvinyl chloride(PVC))

0.06% (600ppm). For Covered Products shipped by a Settling
Defendant that is a Supplier after December 31, 2008 to a third
party for retail sale in California, and for products sold or offered
for retail sale in California by a Settling Defendant after August
31, 2009, this standard shall be no more than 0.02 percent 
(200 ppm) lead by weight

Dyes, and Surface Coatings

0.06% (600ppm)

Glass and crystal decorative components used in Children's Products

No more than 1.0 grams total glass or decorative crystal components

 


• CLASS 3 COMPONENTS •  (No warning needed when within these limits)

Class 3 Components shall contain no more than 0.06% lead.
Class 3 Components used in Children's Products shall contain no more than 0.02% lead.

 

 

The second primary proposition 65 chemical is Cadmium.

 

 

Prop 65 limits for Cadmium (surface and substrate) are 300 ppm.

 

 

Lastly, Prop 65 addresses phthalate usage in the plastic handles of hand tools, vinyl and synthetic leather products. 

 

 

Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) also known as Di-octyl phthalate (DOP)      1000 ppm

Butyl benzyl phthalate (“BBP”)                                                                                1000 ppm

Di-n-butyl phthalate (“DBP”)                                                                                    1000 ppm

 

 

 

Beadalon is already hard at work eliminating and reducing future chemicals that may be addressed by Proposition 65 or other governmental agencies.