Albany, New York County – Executive Daniel McCoy has signed into law the Toxic-Free Toys Act which will take effect in early 2016. Local Law reports that no person shall sell or offer for sale children’s products or children’s apparel (intended for children of twelve and under) that contain benzene, lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, and cobalt within the County of Albany. This shall not apply to used children’s products that are sold or distributed for free at secondhand stores, yard sales, on the internet or donated to charities. This shall also not apply to protective sporting equipment designed to prevent injury, including but not limited to helmets, athletic supporters, knee pads or elbow pads.

The law applies to:

  • Children’s Apparel means any item of clothing that consists of fabric or related material intended or promoted for use in children’s clothing.
  • Children’s Product means any product primarily intended for, made for, or marketed for use by children. Children¹s product does not mean batteries, consumer electronics or electronic components, paper products, or a drug, biologic, medical device, food, or food additive regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

UL offers analytical testing solutions to evaluate the presence of these substances to help verify if your toys or children¹s product are compliant with the new Toxic-Free Toys Act.