The US state of New York has amended its Lead-Containing Jewelry Law (A6041/S4046), which covers jewelry for children aged under twelve years.
Originally enacted in December 2019, the Lead-Containing Jewelry Law was amended in April 2020 following the signing of A8978 by the state’s governor. The changes include:
- The revision of the threshold of ‘less than 600 ppm lead content’ to ‘less than 100 ppm lead content’ as part of the criteria for a warning statement
- Revising the language for the warning statement
- Deleting requirements for assessment of penalties by the Commissioner
The requirements for the law, following the amendment are:
- Paints or similar surface coatings: no greater than 40 ppm otherwise warning statement if exceeds 40 ppm but less than or equal to 90 ppm
- Substrates: no greater than 40 ppm otherwise warning statement if exceeds 40 ppm but less than 100 ppm
The warning statement must include at least:
‘WARNING: CONTAINS LEAD. MAY BE HARMFUL IF EATEN OR CHEWED’
Jewelry is defined as an ornament worn by a person and includes:
- Ankle bracelet, arm cuff, bracelet, brooch, chain, crown, cuff link, hair accessory, earring, necklace, decorative pin, ring, body piercing jewelry, jewelry placed in the mouth for display or ornament
- Any charm, bead, chain, link, pendant, or other component in point 1 above
- A charm, bead, chain, link, pendant, or other attachment to shoes or clothing that can be removed and may be used as a component of an ornament in point 1 above
- A watch in which a timepiece is a component of an ornament in point 1 above, excluding the timepiece itself if the timepiece can be removed from the ornament
Despite the changes, the effective date for the introduction of the warning statement remains unchanged – January 1, 2021.
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