Children's jewerly safety regulations amended to cover all items sold in RI
STATE HOUSE – The General Assembly passed and the governor has signed into law legislation to tighten regulations on the sale of children’s jewelry in Rhode Island.
Under the “Comprehensive Children’s Jewelry Safety Act,” signed into law in 2012, all jewelry and charms manufactured in Rhode Island for children ages 12 and younger are required to meet the standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). This law was meant to cut down on unsafe levels of poisonous lead and cadmium found in children’s jewelry.
With enactment of the 2014 bill (2014-S 2278 and 2014-H 7157), this safety provision will be expanded to apply to the sale of any items that don’t meet ASTM standards.
“We have to make sure the children’s jewelry being sold in our state doesn’t include toxic elements like lead and cadmium,” said Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown), sponsor of the Senate bill. The companion House bill was introduced by Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown).
The sponsors said that while most parents are watchful when it comes to the items they buy for their children, the state needs to take strong precautions. Completely prohibiting the sale of jewelry with any levels of these potentially toxic substances is the best way to keep children safe, they said.
Cadmium is known to cause cancer, and has also been linked to kidney and skeletal problems. Lead also causes health issues, and is known to adversely affect memory, vision, hearing, and the nervous system.
The prohibition on sales will take effect in November of this year (as specified by the legislation, 180 days after passage of the bill).
For more information, contact:
Randall T. Szyba, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903