Christmas just around the corner, a watchdog group for children’s health and
safety wasted no time in reminding consumers to pick the right toys that will
pose no harm to kids.
consumers to always remember and apply the motto “Safety First” before making
any toy purchase.
attractiveness, color, packaging and price of a toy, without paying attention
to safety details,” said Thony Dizon, Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition’s Project
offering toys that could put children’s health in danger instead of providing
them with playthings to support their mental, physical, and social
development,” he said.
up with an eight-point quick “Santa’s Guide for Safe Toys” such as: 1. age-appropriate; 2. well-made; 3. no small parts; 4. string shorter than 12”; 5. injury-free; 6. not coated with lead paint; 7. non-polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic; and 8. labeled and registered.
that consumers would take note of them. We encourage consumers to add more to the
list based on their personal experiences with common toy hazards,” Dizon said.
and bring about breathing difficulties or choking; pointed or sharp edges that may injure
the eyes or cause cuts and grazes; cords or string longer than 12 inches that may
pose strangulation risk; and hazardous chemicals such as lead in paint and phthalates
in PVC plastic that may result in health and developmental problems, the
EcoWaste Coalition said.
to 29 bought 50 samples of toys costing P10 to P150 each from various toy
stores in Divisoria, Manila and had them screened for lead, a toxic metal,
using a handheld X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device.
contain lead above 90 parts per million (ppm), the threshold limit for lead in
paint under the DENR Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds, which
also explicitly bans the use of lead in the production of toys.
Play Set” with 4,846 ppm, a small “Kid’s World” stuffed clown with 4,300 ppm, a
“Baby & Music” xylophone with 4,253 ppm, a Ninja turtle with 4,205 ppm and a soft
ball with 2,182 ppm.
cans with matching “Hello Kitty” pencil holders at 15,300 ppm and 16,300 ppm.
Coalition, explained that young children are more vulnerable to lead exposure
because they often put their hands or other objects that may contain lead paint
or dust in their mouths.
chronic, low-level exposure to lead is sadly permanent. The brains and central nervous systems of young
children are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead exposure,” she
exposure include decreased intelligence as measured by IQ tests, reduced school
performance and behavioral problems, including aggression and violence.
According to the World Health Organization, “ there is no known level of lead
exposure that is considered safe.”