Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled several Boy Scouts of America (BSA) brass neckerchief slides due to lead content that exceeded the allowed amount. Lead is a pollutant and heavy metal, and it is regulated by many EPA laws, including the Toxic Substances Act of 1976, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. Despite these regulations, lead still finds its way into many products, and ultimately, our bodies.
The BSA Neckerchief Recall was prompted by unsafe amounts of lead found in the enamel emblems on Cub Scout neckerchiefs, worn by users under age 12. With a few limited exceptions, all children’s products manufactured must not contain a concentration of lead greater than 0.009 percent (90 ppm) of the total lead content in accessible parts, paint, or any similar surface coatings. Products designed for users under age 12 must comply with these limits.
This recall is an example of how an organization has acted to address and correct a safety issue, once found. Boy Scouts of America is offering a refund for these items (around $6 each), and until a replacement is available, they have a general scout slide available.