Environmental Protection

AIHA Will Ensure Its Labs Can Register as CPSC Third-Party Labs

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is working on an action plan to address Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements that were issued Sept. 22 for the accreditation of third-party conformity assessment bodies (laboratories) to test children's products for lead content, according to a Sept. 26 press release.

The CPSC will require laboratories wanting to test children's products to demonstrate that they can follow recently issued CPSC test methods for analyzing lead paint in children's products and to become registered third-party laboratories through the CPSC. For a laboratory to be eligible, they must be accredited by organizations that are part of an ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

AIHA has demonstrated compliance with all applicable international standards and will be part of an ILAC MRA in the coming months. While pursuing ILAC MRA status, AIHA is committed to doing everything possible to protect the business interests of its laboratory customers and to create opportunities for laboratories accredited by AIHA to immediately become registered third-party laboratories accredited for testing to CPSC methods.

Under the association's Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELLAP), AIHA has a formal agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to accredit laboratories performing analysis of lead in environmental samples including paint, soil, dust wipes, and air.

AIHA is one of the largest international associations serving the needs of occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals in industry, government, labor, academic institutions, and independent organizations.

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