Lead chromates in childcare articles and residential furniture | ECHA recommends a restriction and calls for evidences
Lead chromate has been produced and used as a pigment for
hundreds of years, despite its toxicity. Since the development of yellow azo pigments (in 1909), lead chromate has no longer been used in
household and artist’s paints, but may still be used in marine and industrial paints and for adding
colour to plastics (such as PVC, polyethylene, and polyesters) outside of Europe.
In greater quantities than as pure lead chromate it is used as a mixed crystal in combination
with lead sulfochromate yellow or lead chromate molybdate sulfate red.
ECHA’s screening report identified a risk for children from exposure to lead chromates in children playgrounds article, ceramics and imported plastics, as well as a risk to humans indirectly via the environment during the end-of-life disposal of articles. Therefore, ECHA recommends a restriction proposal is prepared. The scope of a proposal may also be broader than childcare articles and residential furniture.
A call for evidence aiming at collecting further information in support of a possible restriction proposal, as well as comments on the draft screening report and its conclusions, is open until the 9th of April 2018. Are plastics currently discarded for recycling due to their lead chromate context? Is there any other use which might lead to exposure via leaching? More information on echa.europa.eu
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