Tis the season to be cautious!
During this season of giving it is important for Manufacturers that makes toys, Retailers that sell toys and the consumers that are buying these toys to refresh their memories as to child safety laws. These laws can be broken down into a number of areas that include but certainly are not limited to choking hazards, chemical content and noise restrictions.
There are several sources for this information and most companies that manufacture and sell toys have statements relating to the safety of those toys. A good source to begin your search is the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you visit their website, they have a cool tool that allows you to Find CPSC Product Safety Standards or Guidance relative to a wealth of products. By selecting the drop down for toys/children products all, you can navigate to a number of documents that spell out required safety standards. You can also follow the CPSC on Twitter or receive and rss feeds of their product recalls.
This author is particularly concerned about choking hazards with the number of small give away products that come to the market during the holidays. The standards that these products should adhere to are also listed on this site.
A new tool I was just reading about for the tech savvy is a site called www.toysafety.mobi that is ideally suited to provide up to date inforamtion for consumers with mobile computing technology such as iphones and blackberry devices.
For retailers, your e-procurement solutions provider should also be able to provide you with a lot of this information.
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