Most mattress components exempted from lead rules

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has exempted internal mattress components from new limits on lead, determining that those materials are physically inaccessible to children. The CPSC also has announced other exemptions from the lead limits that apply to virtually all outer mattress fabrics, as well as wood, paper and similar materials made from wood or other cellulosic fibers, and certain types of printing inks.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act requires that manufacturers of children’s products, which include mattresses intended for children 12 and younger, test and certify that their products and components do not contain lead in excess of 300 parts per million. The law says that this threshold may be reduced to 100 ppm in August 2011, if meeting such a lower limit is technologically feasible.

The International Sleep Products Association had argued to the CPSC that most mattress components should be exempt from the law’s lead restrictions because they are inaccessible to children.

For details about the CPSC’s lead regulations, check the CPSC website or the Advocacy section of the International Sleep Products Association’s website.

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