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!
Linda Jackson says
I have a vintage Fisher Price Happy Apple from 1973. I thought I saw where you tested them as lead free. Might you share that again so I can show my son it is safe for our new baby to play with and chew on if she desires?
Thank you so much for what you do!
I see an inquiry about the Fisher Price “People” set. I can’t seem to see an answer and am also curious as I have a set that my grandkids play with.
I have only ever seen the vintage toys test as high for lead! Did you search here and find your answer in the search bar of this blog? I typed little people into the search bar and this is what she wrote about it. High lead!
Carol F Elk says
I have Fisher Price People, the Farm, Medical Kit, Music Box Record Player, Drum and Kitchen that were my sons in 1982-4. I also have the Little Tykes Play Transporter and the Mattel Digger.
I am having a grandchild and would like the child to eventually play with these that his Daddy played with. Since they are more appropriate for age 2 and up would they be considered safe? I don not anticipate them going in the mouth and being chewed on. Are they safe? Your information is very informative and greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your help,
I have a vintage Fisher Price Hickory dikory dock radio. Does this have any toxic chemicals?
Carolyn Gomez says
Has anyone ever tested the Fisher Price 1993-1997 dream house and it’s My loving Family accessories? Thank you!
Antonia Orr says
Has anyone tested the Fisher Price Happy Apple? My son adores it and we also found this via his physical therapist who would unknowingly shows this toy to infants in her care. Thank you!!!
Antonia Orr says
Never mind!! I saw your post about the Happy Apple:-)