Toy Safety

Common sense is the rule, however it is in the interests of all hobby toy makers to ensure that they are complying with toy safety regulations and standards.

Although this list is not extensive, here are some basic common sense things to bear in mind.

  • Make sure you are using only child safe paints.
  • Watch out for small parts, including those that may break off or come unglued.
  • Make sure cords are not longer than 6 inches (300mm), for example pull along toys. I prefer not to put a dongle or knob on the end of cords, for the reasons stated below.
  • Watch out for long handled toys for children up to 4 years of age due to a tendency of such children to place these toys in their mouths and choke.
  • Be sure to round off all sharp edges.

Without trying to compromise the good work these people have done, and continue to do, one must bear in mind that none of the sites are comprehensive in their approach. It is too much to expect for any one organisation to cover every possibility. 

More on Toy Safety

An article from Wikipedia.

Industry Guide to Health Canada's Safety Requirements for Children's Toys and Related Products, 2012

New safety law no fun for artisan toymakers. An article about how new safety laws in the USA and the effect on toy makers.

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