With all of the recalls of various toys and children's products, parents and caregivers are very concerned about the safety of toys. Toy safety is of paramount concern, yet there is no pre-market approval process for toys. Yes, toys have to comply with certain standards, but there is no requirement that a toy be tested to determine whether the standard is met.
It is difficult to get information about toy safety. Certainly, most salespeople don't know much when you are shopping. I found very few sales staff that knew much about the toys, let alone whether the paint used on the toy contained lead.
But wow there is a way to get information based upon independent tests. HealthyToys.org's website is now up and running (and may have been for awhile – I've been on a break from blogging). At the website, you can look up our toys and see how they fared in testing for cadmium, chlorine, lead, arsenic and mercury. HealthyToys.org's database includes test results for more than 1,200 toys and children's product. Granted, not every toy is in the database, but it is a fantastic resource for parents.