The toy industry is just one affected by various hazardous substance regulations; but it is frequently discussed because of how directly children are associated with it. Skyray XRF offers testing solutions to organizations that want to prove a product line is safe and avoid potential recalls.
In recent years one of the most well publicized uses of x-ray fluorescence technology is testing toys for lead and other hazardous metals (cadmium, mercury, etc). Lead is a toxic metal that can cause children to have irreversible developmental and nervous system problems. So, testing toys for hazardous levels of lead and the other regulated metals is important to increasing childrens safety. Product recalls have taken place, primarily because of lead content in paint that is on toys, that affect the entire supply chain.
In a recent study that tested 1,200 random toys with x-ray fluorescence technology it was determined that 17% of the products contained levels of lead over the federal recall standard (which at the time of the study was 600 parts-per-million or ppm). Some toys had levels as high as 6,500 ppm! In the same study cadmium was discovered to exceed the regulated 100 ppm 2.9% of the time. Similar studies have been made and are critical in drawing attention to the problem of lead in toys and highlighting the need for state and federal regulations as well as accurate detection of the materials levels.
Every aspect of an industry is affected by regulations; from manufacturer, to the importer, the distributor and the retailer. By taking control of testing through a non-destructive screening method (XRF) an organization can assure customers that the product meets regulation standards and avoid costly recalls or lost profits.
In an effort to comply with various regulations and avoid costly product recalls, many organizations are taking in-house control of their hazardous substance program. XRF provides a non-destructive method that is relatively inexpensive for an organization and allows them to screen product below the required ppm levels. X-Ray Fluorescence has been proven to be an accurate testing method and is accepted as a screening tool.
If an organization chooses to outsource the testing to a laboratory, instruments will be used that are destructive and more expensive than Energy Dispersive XRF testing. By taking control and testing in-house an organization avoids the negatives of sending products to an outside laboratory, including:
Long-Term laboratory and shipping costs
Hassle of shipping components/products out
Turn-around time / waiting for results
Lack of control over the testing
Portable XRF vs. Desktop XRF?
Many organizations are testing for compliance using x-ray fluorescence technology and Skyray XRF offers both portable and desktop options. Both styles have advantages and disadvantages but each Skyray XRF instrument offers software that is easy to use and the sensitivity required in lead screening. The final decision on what XRF method is best for an organization is based on what testing needs are most important to that product line.
Portable XRF: if a an organization requires mobile analysis or is testing samples that are too large for a benchtop chamber, then portable XRF is the best hazardous substance detection option for them. These units cost slightly less then benchtop models but because of spot sizes, no camera system and other factors they can't achieve the ppm levels or accuracy that benchtop can.
Desktop XRF: As long as a sample product fits into the testing chamber and analysis will be made in a set area (not requiring mobile testing) then benchtop XRF instruments provide the best accuracy and precision in hazardous substance detection.