Why coating children’s toys and furniture is no laughing matter

Why coating children’s toys and furniture is no laughing matter

Up until the 1st of January 2010, Australia had lacked any nation-wide enforceable legislation that prohibited or even limited any prohibited materials such as lead and other heavy metals in consumer products, especially heavy metals within children’s toys and paints. It is well established that heavy metals are toxic and can cause a range of adverse health effects ranging from cancer, kidney damage, neurological effects and learning disabilities, particularly during the developmental years of young children’s lives.

These safety hazards are not always obvious to many parents as the heavy metals found in children’s toys and paints generally cause damage when swallowed, inhaled or are absorbed through the skin. Young children are at a greater risk of heavy metal exposure through placing items in their mouths, playing with toys or chewing furniture. Young children can suffer significant illnesses depending on the degree and length of exposure.

Australian Standard AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2003 limits accessible Lead, Mercury, Selenium, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium and Chromium in Children’s toys. This means it is illegal to sell any toys or paints with unsafe levels of heavy metals within Australia.

Whilst all coatings in Mirotone’s range of clear and pigmented coatings for wood all comply with AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2003 (Children’s Toy Safety Requirements) and BS/EN 71-3:1995 (Safety of Toys) Part 3. Specification for migration of certain elements. We have two products that are ideally suited for this application.

MIROLAC NC Nitrocellulose Lacquers are high quality, easy to use, pigmented lacquers that comply with Australian and European Standards. Formaldehyde free (safer for the applicator and zero formaldehyde emissions in rooms in which articles are installed) and Phthalate free, MIROLAC NC coatings are ideal for children’s toys and furniture. MIROLAC NC is fast drying, with excellent flow and levelling which results in a smooth finish. Topcoats are available in a range of gloss levels and colours to suit any nursery furniture and toys.

MIROTEC WB Water Based Coatings are easy to use, single pack, low VOC (solvent content) coatings which are available in a range of gloss levels. MIROTEC WB Water based coatings are formaldehyde free (safer for applicators), Phthalate free (Ideal for children’s toys), Isocyanate free, Alkylphenol Ethoxylate free APE (APEs toxic to aquatic organisms) and NMP free (toxicant).

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Note: Mirotone products developed for coating metal do not all comply with the standards above.

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