Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has signed the Toxic Free Toys Act, to protect children from new toys containing toxins that are harmful to their health.
Introduced by Legislator Kara Hahn, the rule has been in response to a report by the New York League of Conservation Voters and Clean & Healthy New York concluding that several products contains carcinogenic components on the shelves of Long Island stores, and assigning the following limits:
- Antimony: 40 PPM
- Arsenic: 40 PPM
- Cadmium: 75 PPM
- Cobalt: 40 PPM
- Lead: 100 PPM total in accessible parts or 90PPM in paint
- Mercury: 40 PPM
The Suffolk County Department of Health will begin notifying retailers in January, 2016 of random inspections to be conducted later in the year.
Suffolk County will also be required to fund inspections of toys at 40 local stores per year. Monetary fines of up to $1,000 will be given to retailers who were informed that their products exceed set levels but fail to remove them from their shelves.
Similar rules have been enacted in New York’s Albany and Westchester counties.