Toy Police Recall Charm Bracelets Due to High Levels of a Substance Not Proven to Cause Harm

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of the “Best Friends” Charm Bracelet Sets because the heart lock charms attached to the bracelets contain high levels of cadmium.  Without any scientific proof, the CPSC claims that cadmium is toxic if ingested by children and can cause adverse health effects.  The bracelets were imported by Claire’s Boutiques Inc., of Hoffman Estates, Ill. Description:  The “Best Friends” three bracelet sets are silver-colored chains with metal pendants containing one of the words “Best,” “Friends” or “Forever” and heart lock and key charms with different colored stones.  Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Most Home Remodeling After April 21st Will Require EPA-certified Workers & Cost More

Contractors beware!  The federal lead police get more power beginning April 22, 2010.  If you thought remodeling a home is expensive now, wait until your contractors must hire EPA-certified workers.  “On April 22, the Environmental Protection Agency is slated to enact rules requiring EPA certification for contractors working 0n homes built before lead paint was banned in 1978. The rule, aimed at limiting exposure to lead, applies to carpenters, plumbers, heating and air conditioning workers, window installers and others.”  See the EPA’s announcement that states:

Beginning next month, federal law will require that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified in the new EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) and follow specific work practices to reduce human exposures to lead.

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning.  All contractors must be trained and certified by April 22, 2010.

Landlords, property managers, and their employees are responsible for ensuring compliance with the rule and play an important role in protecting public health by helping prevent lead exposure from their housing units. Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.

Lead exposure can cause reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays and behavioral problems in young children.

To locate an EPA-accredited training provider or to learn more about protecting your family from lead-based paint, visit EPA’s Get Lead Safe Web site or contact the National Lead Information Center, 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).

Lead Police Recall Dangerous Bicycle Bells that Have Injured Nobody

Warning:  Do not let your kids eat any bicycle bells because the bells may contain lead.  If your child must eat bicycle bells, try to educate the kid to never eat the entire bell.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of children’s red, black and white bicycle bells bells that have “I ♥ My Bike” printed on the top.  Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.  Hazard:  The red paint on the bicycle bells contains excessive lead levels, violating the federal lead paint standard.  Incidents/Injuries:  None reported.

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