Updated: Sunday – January 17, 2021
Tamara, can I send you one of my dishes to test for lead? [Or – if not a dish – some other toy, jewelry, trinket, heirloom, whatever!]
Yes you may send me a small simple item (if it is from a set of dishes please send a whole saucer, not a broken piece of something) to test – along with a $25.00 contribution to help cover the cost of the testing. If it s a complex item (like a multi-component toy, I may require a larger contribution amount to cover the cost.)
Please read the entire post below before sending any item in for testing.
CoViD-19 / Pandemic UPDATE:
- While I try to get to things as quickly as possible (sometimes within a week or two) I need folks to expect that TEST RESULTS may not be available for at least 10 weeks (and possibly longer) from the date your package is received.
- The date that your payment (to help cover testing costs) is received will dictate the order in which I process items (testing and reporting), so please make your payment at the time of sending the package. Digital forms of payment is preferred (over paper checks) thank you.
- As soon as your testing is completed and a blog post with the test results is published on the blog, I will send you the link to the blog post so you have the results at the same time as everyone else.
This is a collaboration, not a service.
Participating in supporting the independent testing of consumer goods reported here on the Lead Safe Mama blog should not be seen a “service” that I regularly offer, but more of a collaborative effort where my readers help cover the cost of testing and help direct what products I report about on my blog. (Please note, the blog post is the “report”, I don’t create any other report other than the blog post with the test results.)
For context: cost to hire someone to do this as a service.
If you want to hire someone to do this for you as a service, rates normally range from $49 to $99 per test done and many items (specifically items with multiple components or multiple colors of paint or glaze) may require multiple tests – one for each component or color. As a result (for example) testing for a toy with three different color components could cost as much as $300 for the one toy.
Some additional details:
If you want me to test your dishes (or other item)…
- Search for your item here on the blog first. Use keywords including the brand name / manufacturer and pattern name or pattern details (like “Lenox” or “Crate & Barrel” or “roses” or “rose pattern” or “purple violets”).
- If you have not yet watched this video on how to use the blog, please watch it to aid in your search (it will save you tons of time in the future.)
- If you don’t find your item – double check in the “Made In” category (like “Made in England” or “Made in Japan” – whatever the country of manufacture is stated on the bottom of the dish or other product.)
- If you still don’t find it on the blog send me an e-mail request to test your item. The email must include a picture of the item you would like to send. If the item is a dish, you must include a picture of the back and front of the dish and the approximate year purchased / year manufactured. Please put “Can you test my dishes?” [or “Can you test my ____” with the item name in the blank if it is not a dish!] in the subject line of your email – along with the pattern and manufacturer – like “Wedgwood – Beatrix Potter” or “Pottery Barn – Emma”
- PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME A REQUEST WITHOUT IMAGES.
- Send this email to TamaraRubin@mac.com
- I will e-mail you back (usually the same day) and either let you know if I have already tested it OR (if I have not tested that pattern yet) I will invite you to send in a dish. If I have tested the item (or one similar) I will send you a link to that blog post so you can see the test results.
- At this point (once I have confirmed with you that I would like to test your item), you can make your payment using the link above.
- NOTE: When you send in an item for testing it may take 6 to 8 weeks for me to test and report on that item (sometimes it takes longer and sometimes it can be done more quickly – depending on whether or not I have access to an XRF instrument at that time.)
- Please include a PAPER note with your contact information (name, address, phone, email) in with the dish when you ship it.
- Please make sure to pack the dish (or other item) very well so it does not break in shipping!
As always, please let me know if you have any additional questions!
Thank you for reading my blog!