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Businesses Pained By Lead Tests

Monday, March 2, 2009 by Slaughter Development

Everybody knows lead is dangerous. A heightened awareness and avoidance of products like lead paint is vital to public safety. Unfortunately for smaller companies, expensive new regulations for independent testing may force many to go out of business.

There is no dispute that the safety of children must be the priority in regards to the production of goods; particularly those highest to their exposure such as toys, supplies and utensils. In the last decade, lead paint recalls have impacted many retail toy companies. The effects from the new regulations, as seen in one article, weigh heavily when attempting to keep a business thriving:

Small batch toy makers, many of whom make old-fashioned wood and sustainable products, say the testing requirements—which can cost thousands of dollars—are unaffordable. At, a Website where entrepreneurs can sell their handmade items, many expect the new law to put them out of business. Also ensnared are companies that make products like bikes or children’s books. Because they aren’t toy companies, many were caught by surprise when it became clear the law would apply to them. The only lead that can be found on children’s bikes is on the tire, where it poses no risk to a child not in the daily habit of licking the wheels. And while children’s books may contain no more noxious materials than paper and ink, under the new rules they would still need a test to prove it.

This unfortunate situation is perhaps an example of the law of unintended consequences; whereas important regulations imposed to benefit one such area, unknowingly bring negative effects in another. In business, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with a proposal, dramatic change in one area is likely to have wide-reaching impacts. The fact is, change is not only hard because it requires work to start the process, but control to guide the outcome to the benefit of all stakeholders.

Before you begin to comply with new regulations or pursue a major initiative at your company, consider a smaller investment in Workplace Diagnostics from Slaughter Development. We can help your organization make improvements to process workflow that may help reduce the need for sweeping changes or even mitigate the effect of market and government forces. Efficient, satisfied workers have more time and energy to face larger challenges and think strategically. Reach out to Slaughter Development today.

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