Friday, March 6, 2009

Lead Law under Scrutiny

With the ever-growing complaints and incidents of lead poisoning and lead related cases, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a federal law regulating lead use, was enacted.

The law would require all products sold for children 12 years old and below be tested for lead and phthalates. It aimed at protecting consumers especially children from lead poisoning and other related risks.

Consequently, dirt bikes and other recreational vehicles tailored for kids were pulled from the market fearing that they may be a violation.

According to the lead law’s advocate, this law is what we need. On the other hand, critics said the law is too broad.

The recent lead law has made many sellers fearing for their businesses. It is because products not tested for lead would be considered hazardous. Consequently, a hazardous product would not be on the buyer’s list. It would mean fewer earnings on their part. In today’s financial set up, lesser buyers means suicide.

Rep. Michael Burgess, D-Texas, wrote Consumer Product Safety Commission to provide exemptions. Unfailingly, the commission exempted product made from natural materials, electronics or those, which are by nature inaccessible to children.

With the public clamor for regulation on lead use, it was a relief to know that the government is listening and is taking steps.

The law may have some flaws or loopholes which may be cured in time but for starter its best to have it than none at all.