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Lead in Paint still a Major Concern


EMSL continues to provide high quality, expert analysis in numerous products containing lead.

Over the past several months, there has been a significant media attention focused on paints, children’s products, jewelry and other miscellaneous products that contain lead levels that are higher than what is typically considered to be safe. While the current U.S. standard for lead in paint is constantly under review and was recently lowered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on August 9th of this year, many leading authorities like Scott Clark from the University of Cincinnati believe that ‘a global ban on lead-based paint is drastically needed’ in order to prevent the numerous exposures that are knowingly and unknowingly happening each day. Additionally, as more consumer goods sold in the U.S. are being produced overseas, it has become increasingly clear that the threat of exposure to goods containing lead remains at a high level due to varying global regulations.

In recent months, the concerns regarding products containing lead have risen as more companies deal with economic pressures that force them to look at manufacturing alternatives in order to lower expenses as a whole. Retail outlets and other resellers have been forced to purchase product based on price alone, which in many cases means buying from foreign entities with little to no regulation of lead content in their products.

The list of lead containing products is quite extensive and includes very common day-to-day types of goods like: Paint, Jewelry, Cosmetics, Toys, Candy Wrappers to name but a few. While numerous reports regarding lead containing products have made their way through the media recently, it is important to know how to measure exposure levels. “Potential exposure levels can be obtained by having the product tested by a qualified laboratory,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services. “EMSL has consistently maintained a philosophy that qualified, experienced and appropriately credentialed staff would provide the necessary analytical expertise to yield accurate results,” Sublasky continued.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of consumer product, environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies and its network of nearly 40 laboratories in the United States and Canada has been providing quality analytical services since 1981.

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