Since 1996, CEH has found high levels of lead in dozens of common household products, including many products for children. Our work has eliminated lead threats from many products, including:
Garden Hoses: CEH found high levels of lead from vinyl garden hoses and from brass fasteners on some hoses. Drinking water from these hoses could pose a health threat, especially to children. Our work resulted in legally binding rules limiting lead and/or requiring warning labels on certain garden hoses.
Children’s Raingear: High levels of lead in vinyl raincoats and ponchos pose a health threat to children. CEH won legal agreements with leading makers and retailers to eliminate the lead threat from these products.
Poker Chips: Lead in poker chips used at major casinos and card rooms pose health threats, especially to pregnant women or women of child-bearing age who are dealers or players. CEH found high levels of lead in chips produced by the world’s leading maker of gaming chips for casinos, and reached a legal agreement with the company to eliminate the lead threat. See the July 2008 CEH Report, Getting Lead Out of Gaming Chips in California.
Pet Products: CEH found high levels of lead in certain dog toys and in some whistles used by dog trainers. Pets can be exposed to lead from the toys, and people, especially children, can be at risk from lead exposures when they put leady dog whistles in their mouths. See the June 2008 CEH Report, Not for Our Best Friends! Lead in Dog Accessories.