A Guide To Law and the toy industry February 17, 2018 February 13, 2018 Joshua Polanco

Children are the future of the world and it is the responsibility of adults to keep them safe. Many parents and caregivers are unaware that the law takes everything related to children very seriously and hence there are several that govern the toys they play with. It is the duty of the local trading authorities to ensure that all toys meet the safety regulations.

How does law define a toy?

Toys are defined by law as any product or material that has been manufactured for playing by children under the age of 14. This law excludes Christmas decorations and fashion jewelry as toys. The law has certain regulations to govern the safety of toys. These regulations cover the material, the design and any other risk the toys might pose to children.

The common risk areas

The majority of toys are scrutinized based on the following basis:

  • Are they inflammable
  • Do they contain harmful chemicals and toxins like phthalates
  • What are the percentage of lead, cadmium, mercury and even arsenic in these products
  • Is there any radioactivity risk and if so how and what percentage?
  • What are the electrical properties?

What should toy manufacturers do?

The toy law is designed to protect children from harm from their most prized possession namely toys. The law obliges all toys manufacturers to abide these rules and regulations and if found guilty they will be penalized. During the design process, the manufacturer must look at the toy from the viewpoint of the child – what are the various ways the child will use the toys and also how can it be misused to cause harm to the child itself or any other children or even animals.

You can find out more about the various age-appropriate toys and learn more about toys and their safety and utility value from ToyReviewExperts.com.