Toy Safety Standard Is Revised
In its continuing efforts to reflect the latest issues in toy safety and to deal with emerging hazards, ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products has approved revisions to ASTM F963, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. Changes made to the standard include revisions to the section on ingestion of magnetic components in toys.
ASTM F963, under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F15.22 on Toy Safety, includes guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries from choking, sharp edges and other potential hazards. The standard is reviewed and updated on a regular basis by Committee F15, which includes technical experts from academia, consumer groups, industry and government.
Revisions now approved for F963 include the following:
Requirements for testing lead in toys have not changed from the F963-07 version of the standard cited in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which went into effect on Feb. 10 of this year. For more information about the CPSIA and compliance with this new law, visit the CPSC Web site, click here.
Technical Information: Joan Lawrence, Toy Industry Association, New York, N.Y.
ASTM Staff: Leonard Morrissey