#AskTamara: “Are the 3M Lead Check swabs sufficient to test the surfaces of toys? Is it better than nothing?”

#AskTamara

M asked: “Are the 3M Lead Check swabs sufficient to test the surfaces of toys? Is it better than nothing?”

My answer to her question (on Facebook)….

My answer on another post here on the blog….

Sarah – another thing I wanted to clarify for you is that the swab kits are very useful for testing for lead in paint, but are not specifically designed to test for lead in toys.  Toys are considered toxic for children at levels as low as 90 parts per million and the detection limit set by the swabs is closer to 600 ppm.  The swabs may also not show a positive reading when used on lead-positive plastics, pottery and crystal (for example)- not because the swabs are faulty – but because they were specifically designed for testing for lead in higher concentrations in surface coatings (like found in house paint)  – something they do very well.

– Len & Tamara

Here’s another post that discusses things you can test with a Swab. And yet another that discusses what is best tested with an XRF instrument.

As always, thank you for reading and for sharing my posts!

Here’s one more you may find of interest: “Can I test my dishes with a LeadCheck swab?

Please let me know if you have any questions! 

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

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