Oh the irony! Vintage metal Band-Aid tin, painted in Lead Paint! 2,193 +/- 147 ppm Lead! [90 ppm is unsafe for kids.]

Oh the irony! Vintage metal Band-Aid tin, painted in Lead Paint! 2,193 +/- 147 ppm Lead!

When tested with an XRF instrument this vintage Band-Aid box had the following readings:

  • Lead (Pb): 2,193 +/- 147 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 1,022 +/- 126 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 2,897 +/- 267 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 433 +/- 172 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 851,800 +/- 1,800 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 128,600 +/- 1,200 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 8,264 +/- 1,305 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 3,916 +/- 559 ppm

Tests were done multiple time for a minimum of 60 seconds. Metals not detected by the XRF in consumer goods mode are not listed. All test results reported on this blog are replicable.

For Context: The amount of Lead that is considered toxic in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher in the paint or coating.

Takeaway: Don’t let children play with vintage tins. If you have a vintage tin collection, please consider putting it behind glass in a locked display case.

To see more vintage tins that I have tested, click here.

As always, thank you for reading and for sharing my posts. When you share my posts I earn advertising income that helps support the cost of my childhood Lead-poisoning prevention advocacy work and independent consumer goods testing and reporting.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I try to answer all questions personally, although with recent increased readership on my blog it may take me a while to respond!

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

Oh the irony! Vintage metal Band-Aid tin, painted in Lead Paint! 2,193 +/- 147 ppm Lead! Oh the irony! Vintage metal Band-Aid tin, painted in Lead Paint! 2,193 +/- 147 ppm Lead! Oh the irony! Vintage metal Band-Aid tin, painted in Lead Paint! 2,193 +/- 147 ppm Lead!

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