Thank you for the info. on Etsy! They have issued an open letter in regards to the CPSIA: Etsy :: The Storque :: Craftivism :: Handmade Children's Items & Unintended Consequences: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
Even they realize that this law applies to ALL products intended for children 12 and under. When I say all products, I'm referring to the actual law. The way a law is written, you are given definitions at the top of the law, in this case the mother law, the CPSA (Consumer Product Safety Act, page 4) which defines Children's Products as:
SEC. 3. [15 U.S.C. § 2052] (a) IN GENERAL.—In this Act:
(1) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES.--The term "appropriate Congressional committees" means the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate.
(2) CHILDREN’S PRODUCT.--The term "children's product" means a consumer product designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger. ********
All later laws, including the CPSIA, are governed by the initial CPSA definitions.
The Wall Street Journal also has an article which summarizes the law well:
"The new rules for the first time impose limits on the amount of total lead that can be used in children's products, and they toughen standards on the amount of lead allowed in paint. The rules apply to any products intended for use by children 12 years old or younger, including toys, electronics, apparel and sporting equipment." Vendors Urge Relaxed Lead-Safety Rule - WSJ.com
Yes, that would be ANY product including apparel, you know, clothes, bows, jewelry, etc. There are NO exceptions for the moment. All children's products are required to be tested for lead beginning in February whether they contain paint or not but the hope is congress will add exemptions. Now we all know how much hope is worth when your livlihood is on the line. Unless something is done by congress, this is already written in stone. You can continue to bury your head in the sand about the law but it's in plain english.
Whether it's a good law or bad law is a moot point. It's the law whether you like it or not. Pleading ignorance or claiming you can't understand the information or can't find the definition of facts is not enough to exempt you from complying.