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Moscow Mule Mug Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

#AskTamara: Does my Moscow Mule mug have unsafe levels of lead? (Video)

#AskTamara Question: Does my Moscow Mule mug have unsafe levels of lead? Answer: If it has a yellow brass handle it very well may, and if the handle is soldered on it may have lead at the solder points too. Please watch the video to learn more! As always, thank you for reading, for watching and […]

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#AskTamara: Is there lead paint on the outside of my “Jervis & George” reusable glass baby food container?

#AskTamara Question: Is there lead paint on the outside of my Jervis & George reusable glass baby food container? Answer: Yes, there may be. I have tested four product samples from this brand (with testing done using an XRF instrument) and all four jars had paint that was positive for high levels of lead. To […]

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Vintage Niagara Hand Unit Personal Massager c 1940 Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama Sex Toy 1

#AskTamara: Q. Is there lead in my sex toys? A. Maybe.

#AskTamara Question: Is there lead in my sex toys? [I get this question ALL THE TIME! LOL!] Answer: As with most things (when it comes to lead) the most important factor in determining if your sex-toys might have lead (or other heavy metals or toxicants) is when they were manufactured! [When as in “which century” or […]

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Thara Memory's Mouthpiece Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#AskTamara: Could A Vintage Leaded Brass Mouthpiece Cause Kidney Failure In A Trumpet Player?

#AskTamara Question: Could a vintage leaded brass mouthpiece cause (or contribute to) kidney failure in a professional trumpet player? Answer: Maybe. The vintage (c. 1980s or earlier) trumpet mouthpiece shown here tested positive for a relatively high level of lead for leaded brass (22,200 ppm lead.) It is a bare leaded brass mouthpiece that is […]

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Plastic Dinosaur Toy With High Levels of Lead Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 3

#AskTamara: Should I be worried about the possibility of lead in the sandbox toys at my child’s school?

#AskTamara Question: Should I be worried about the possibility of lead in the sandbox toys (or on the playground) at my child’s school? Answer: Um, yeah. And here’s why… The plastic toy dinosaur pictured here was just one of MANY leaded toys found on a playground at a daycare for young children near Santa Monica, California […]

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Gorilla Halloween Mask Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2018

#AskTamara: Do modern Halloween masks have lead? Does my Halloween gorilla mask have any toxic chemicals?

#AskTamara Question: Do modern Halloween masks have lead? Does my Halloween gorilla mask have any toxic chemicals? Answer: While I have not tested many Halloween masks for lead using an XRF (and I can only speak to the presence of toxic chemicals that are detectible using XRF technology) I have long held the position that the […]

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Stockmar Beeswax Block Crayons Made In Germany Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#AskTamara: Do Stockmar Beeswax Crayons Have Lead (Pb)?

#AskTamara Question: Do Stockmar beeswax crayons have lead (Pb)? Answer: Below is a full summary of the specific XRF Test Results for a newly purchased set of  Stockmar Wachsmalblöcke Wax Block Beeswax Crayons  (purchased in August of 2018 off of Amazon.com) This is new-in-box product. If you are in a rush to see the results, please […]

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Final XRF Test Results Washable Crayola Crayons 2018 Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

#AskTamara: Do Crayola Crayons Have Lead? …in 2018?

#AskTamara: Questions: What did you find when you tested Crayola crayons for lead (Pb)?, 2018 Do Crayola crayons have lead? Answers: This summer (August 2018) I tested newly purchased Crayola crayons for lead (they were also tested for arsenic [As], mercury [Hg] and cadmium [Cd]). All testing I do and report here on my website […]

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#AskTamara: I’m concerned that contractors at my Portland, Oregon elementary school are not using lead safe work practices. What should I do?

#AskTamara Well… tis the season! (August in Portland!) So I have been inundated with this question this week and I thought it best to respond via a blog post that folks can share with others. Question: I’m concerned that contractors at my Portland, Oregon public elementary school (PPS) are not using lead safe work practices. […]

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Maple Landmark Mancala Stones Made In Vermont Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#AskTamara: Do Glass Dragon Tears Have Lead? (Aka: Squashed Marbles, Glass Drops or Mancala Stones?)

#AskTamara Question: Do dragon tears have lead? Answer: Some do and some do not. Given the nature of the way most colored glass is commonly produced, many dragon tears do have at least some lead, and some have quite high amounts of lead — at levels considered dangerous for children by current/modern regulatory standards. [Even […]

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