United States Chemical Laws Fail Children

Current chemical laws in the United States are neglecting to adequately protect our country’s children.  The regulation of potentially dangerous chemicals is governed by the the 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act.  This Act provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the ability to set testing requirements, place restrictions on chemical substances/mixtures, and place reporting requirements on business producing certain chemicals.  The Toxic Substance Control Act does not typically cover pesticides, food, and cosmetics.  Recent investigation has revealed an increased need to overhaul this outdated act.

The wide reaching application of chemicals throughout American life makes this an extremely urgent topic.  A recent policy paper by the American Academy of Pediatrics, states that laws put into place in 1976 are failing to provide the necessary research on the future impacts of chemicals in our lives.  The Environmental Health Council’s Dr. Jerome Paulson reports that the special vulnerabilities of children and pregnant women must be protected through additional oversight of hazardous substances.  It is important to remember that children often unknowingly place common items and toys in their mouths, exposing them to a greater risk of harm.

Despite the recurrent debate, chemicals continue to pose a significant risk to our children. Recent studies conducted by the non profit Ecology Center revealed that one in three toys tested in 2009 contained one or more of the following chemicals: arsenic, lead, mercury, or cadmium.  This dismal news highlights the reality that our children continue to be at risk of contact with extremely hazardous substances on a regular basis.

Missouri law provides protections for victims exposed to dangerous chemicals.  These protections start with prevention.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes a list of harmful toy hazard recalls.  This list informs consumers of dangerous toys that have been withdrawn from the market due to hazardous chemicals, risk of choking, strangulation hazard, etc.  Monitoring of hazardous toys greatly reduces the risk of unnecessary child injury.

If you or your child has been injured as the result of a defective toy, it is important to act fast.  It is crucial to prevent further exposure to hazardous substances in order to reduce the likelihood of child illness.  If your child has been exposed to harmful chemicals, you should immediately consult with medical professionals to protect your child from further injury.  If you or your child has suffered an injury as the result of defective toy or harmful chemical, you should consult with child injury lawyers to learn your rights.  Missouri child injury lawyer and products liability lawyer Chris Dixon is available to provide additional information necessary to protect your child’s injury claim.  If you would like additional information on child injuries, please contact Chris Dixon at 314.409.7060, or toll free at 855.402.7274.

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