Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA) Evaluation

Intertek provides LHAMA evaluations in compliance with ASTM D-4236 for a wide range of art materials marketed in the United States.

The Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA) requires a Board Certified Toxicologist to evaluate art materials for their potential to cause chronic hazards to the consumer and recommend suitable warning statements to conform to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) designated D-4236.  The reviewed materials can be labeled with “Conforms to ASTM D-4236”.   

If desired, Intertek can also suggest labeling phrases, warnings and warning symbols that may be necessary on the package of the product other than LHAMA requirements (e.g. California Proposition 65).

Our LHAMA services include:

  • Evaluation of the chronic toxicity of the individual chemical ingredients of the formulation used to manufacture the product:
    • each ingredient in the formulation is assessed for its chronic hazard potential including carcinogenicity, neurotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, sensitization, and general organ and tissue toxicities in relation to the potential for consumer exposure to the chemical
    • potential for synergistic or unpredictable adverse effects from the combination of ingredients in the formulation
  • Exposure considerations:
    • characteristics of the product such as physical form and size/volume
    • accessibility (e.g. liquid components)
    • intended use
    • exposure routes including ingestion, skin and eye contact and inhalation under normal use or reasonably foreseeable misuse
  • All art material formulations are reviewed by an expert Board Certified Toxicologist
  • CPSC labeling requirements (16 CFR §1500.14; 57 FR 46626)
  • ASTM D-4236 (LHAMA certification)

 

Products requiring LHAMA certification:

  • Art materials including but not limited to: crayons, paint, inks (marker, pen, highlighter), chalk, watercolor disks, colored pencils, clays, ceramics, adhesives and glue.

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