There are many tests used to determine the safety and performance of coatings, in addition to a multitude of third party and industry certifications.
All of these have limitations either in scope (an incomplete search for all chemicals present) or by allowances (certification achievable with a regulated level of harmful chemicals present).
As a company we have undertaken many tests (some of which are referenced here) and will continue to do so. However, our emphasis has always been on excluding harmful chemicals from our products, in the expectation that this philosophy truly leads to a safer product.
Declare labels are issued to products disclosing ingredient inventory, sourcing and end of life options. Declare labels are based on the Manufacturers Guide to Declare, administered by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).
The Health Product Declaration
The HPD Open Standard provides a consistent, and transparent format to accurately disclose the material contents, and associated health information of a building product.
SM Material Health Overview™
Presents material health information in a standardized format, designed to allow users to easily find the information they need. For example: What is the product made of? Are there any hazardous ingredients? If yes, how bad are they? Are there any exposure concerns?
EPA Method 24
This method is applicable for the determination of volatile matter content, water content, density, volume solids, and weight solids of paint, varnish, lacquer, or other related surface coatings.
EPA Method 8260B
This method determines most volatile organic compounds with boiling points below 200 C by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS).
This test applies to many children's toy products such as crayons, chalk, paint sets, modeling clay, coloring books, pencils, and any other product used by children to produce a work of visual or graphic art. The test is to determine the absence of substances which have the potential of causing a chronic hazard.
The standard test method for determination of the weight percent individual volatile organic compounds in waterborne air-dry coatings by gas chromatography.
California Department of Public Health Test 01350. The standard method for the testing and evaluation of volatile organic chemical emissions from indoor sources using environmental chambers.
British Allergy Foundation
The British Allergy Foundation evaluates products through testing carried out by independent laboratories to protocols which have been created for the Seal of Approval by leading allergy specialists, specifically to benefit the sufferers of allergy, asthma, sensitivity, and intolerance.
European standard EN 71 specifies safety requirements for toys. Compliance with the standard is legally required for all toys sold in the European Union. The standard has been published in 13 parts, with EN 71-3 relating to the specification for migration of certain elements.
The Juvenile Product Manufacturer’s Association (“JPMA”) is an organization dedicated to promoting the industry and the safe use of juvenile products. It has developed a stringent certification and approval process, for determining the suitability of products for use by and around juveniles.
Healthy Child Healthy World
HCHW is an organization committed to providing information on consumer products that parents can rely on to materially reduce children’s exposures to potentially hazardous environmental chemicals and pollutants. HCHW approved products must comply with the following criteria: (i) products should not contain chemicals or ingredients that are identified in the Chemicals Watch List, including the Substitute It Now list and the Endocrine Disruption Exchange List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors; (ii) products should not contain any artificial fragrance; and (iii) products should not contain or be packaged in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) materials.
Air Purifying Paint Test
Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS) test to evaluate the effectiveness of molecular sieve paint at removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde from the air.