Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care: Lead in Consumer Products
Certain children’s products made in other countries and imported to the U.S. are known to have a higher risk of containing lead, including metal toy jewelry and children’s tea sets made from pottery. Some plastic toys made with vinyl/PVC may also contain lead. Food and liquids stored in lead-glazed pottery or porcelain can become contaminated, too. Lead may be present in certain herbal remedies, folk medicines, and imported spices and foods. Children can ingest or inhale lead-contaminated particles from these materials. There is NO safe level of lead in a child’s blood! Even very low levels can cause brain damage, lowered IQ, and behavior problems.
Below is a lead-in-consumer-products policy you can adopt for your business, along with a worksheet to help you, step by step, as you set this policy into action. Scroll through the images below to view and download each lead-in-consumer-products resource from the Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care.
About the Project
With funding from the JPB Foundation, Eco-Healthy Child Care® (a national program of the Children’s Environmental Health Network), the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), and the National Center for Healthy Housing have partnered to help family child care providers eliminate lead in their home environments by developing the Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care.
The Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care is a work in progress, so additional resources will be added periodically. We’ll also conduct webinars to acquaint providers with the toolkit, provide technical assistance to answer provider questions about how best to adopt lead prevention policies, and post testimonies from home-based child care providers, sharing their experiences as they work to protect the children in their care and their own families from lead hazards.
You may also want to visit these directories within the Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care: