Thursday, August 28, 2008

State Withdraws Lead Jewelry Regulations

The much-disputed regulations that limited lead levels in children's jewelry, 105 CMR 650 amendments, have been withdrawn by the Department of Public Health following enactment of a new federal law, PL 110-314, sec.101, that sets lead limits for children's jewelry. They say, "Under this legislation, children's jewelry must meet a total lead content standard of no more than 600 ppm as of February 14, 2009, with reductions to follow. Massachusetts' long-sought objective of better protecting children from dangerous levels of lead in children's jewelry will thus be achieved nationally. Given the pre-emptive nature of the federal legislation, the Department of Public Health now withdraws its model children's jewelry regulations."

More information on lead paint rules and regulations is available at Mass. Law About Lead Paint.