Toys coming into the child’s life already from the first infancy. Children explore their surroundings through nibbling and sucking on things. Because children’s bodies are not fully developed, they are more sensitive to chemicals than adults. When exposed to the same amount of a substance as an adult, they may in themselves more in proportion to its weight. The immune system and the brain are particularly vulnerable because they continue to develop after birth. Children breathe faster and eat and drink more in relation to their weight compared to adults. And because children cannot differentiate between hazardous and non-hazardous, it is important to protect children better.
Dangerous chemicals banned in toys
The requirement that the toys should be safe is extra tall and there are common rules applicable across the EU. Many hazardous chemical substances are prohibited in toys and childcare articles manufactured in the EU or imported into the EU from other parts of the world. Chemical substances that we know can cause cancer, damage the genetic material or affect the ability to have children is banned or may only occur in low or very low levels. Examples of substances that are prohibited in this kind of goods are particularly dangerous phthalates. Many fragrances are also prohibited because they are hypoallergenic.
Because the rules are constantly developing according to foodezine.com, old toys contain substances that we now know are dangerous. Submit the toys that are more than 10 years old and made up of soft plastics to a recycling center. For example, they can contain phthalates which are now banned. Avoid kids chewing and sucking on things not intended for it.
Crayons, pencils, paints, adhesives
Most paints and adhesives intended for children are water-based and does not contain harmful solvents. Oil paints of the kind which adults use should not be used by children. Acrylic paints can be an alternative for older children who want to paint “for real”.
Such as blinks and sounds
Many toys contain batteries which means they can blink, honk, or play melodies. Leave exhausted batteries in battery collection. Please return all goods to the store if it is not possible to remove the battery. The seller is obliged to take care of goods with built-in batteries.
Fluid-filled ornaments with different colored liquids can contain mineral oil. Mineral oil is very dangerous if these objects break down and children get the contents.
Toys that smells or is on
Toys that are scented can be allergenic. If there is such a topic in a toy, there should be information about it many such fragrances is banned in the EU.
Plastic necklace with glow in the dark fluid
Glow in the dark necklace consists of thin plastic tube containing a glow in the dark liquid. Plastic pipes may contain harmful substances, such as phthalates. Therefore, you should not bite or chew on such items.
Model and lekmassa
Model and play loads often consists of plastic with varying amounts of additives. Some of them are made of PVC and can contain harmful phthalates. Clays and similar should not be used by small children.
Kits for cars, planes and boats are not designed for the youngest children. Paints and glues in packages with kits containing almost always solvent.
Links to related information
Your right as a consumer to get information
With the help of Rapex information system warns EU member countries when they find products with serious risks. See the Consumer Agency’s website.
If the CE-marking of Hello consumer (consumer)
Frequently asked questions about chemicals in toys
CAN YOU TRUST THAT TOYS ARE SAFE FOR CHILDREN?
Toys are regulated by one of Europe’s strictest chemical legislations for goods. Therefore, goods produced for children today among the safest available. We are constantly working to influence and develop chemical policies for toys, so it should be even safer. New toys can be safer from the chemical point of view than older toys because many new chemicals rules for toys came into effect in 2013. A good rule is to always choose toys that are adapted to their age.
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