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Asbestos in Crayons, Art Supplies and Toys

Category Press Release
Publish Date 7/23/2015
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Are Asbestos Hazards Lurking in Your Children’s Toys and Art Supplies?
Introduction EMSL Analytical offers testing services to identify asbestos in consumer products and from environmental samples to prevent exposure to this known carcinogen.

Cinnaminson, NJ, July 23rd, 2015

In early July, the public learned the results of a study commissioned by the EWG Action Fund which examined materials found in some children’s products.   According to the report, 4 of 28 boxes of imported crayons and 2 of 21 toy crime lab kits were found to contain asbestos.
This is not the first time dangers hidden in children’s products, and especially crayons, have come to light. In 2000, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a report about asbestos fibers in crayons following an article posted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that also found asbestos in some crayons. Asbestos is not the only hazardous material that has been associated with crayons. Back in 1994, the CPSC announced a recall of imported crayons due to the presence of lead and lead poisoning hazards.
The two toy crime lab kits that contained asbestos both were found in the kits’ fingerprint powders.   Since inhalation exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer, its presence in a powder used by children is particularly concerning.
“Although many people realize that asbestos is still a hazard in many older homes and buildings, this most recent news reminds us all that even toys and consumer products we think are safe can have hidden hazards,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “For over three decades, EMSL Analytical has been providing testing services to help identify asbestos in consumer products, building materials and environmental samples. These services are available to the general public, consumer advocates, health professionals, government regulators and environmental professionals.”
To learn more about EMSL’s asbestos or other hazardous material and indoor air quality testing services, please visit or, call (800) 220-3675 or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public.  The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. 

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