The hazardous waste control laws require the Department of Toxic Substances Control to regulate the handling and management of hazardous waste and hazardous materials. A violation of the hazardous waste control laws is a crime.
Existing law, as part of the hazardous waste control laws, prohibits a person from manufacturing, shipping, selling, or offering for sale or promotional purposes jewelry, as defined, for retail sale in the state, unless the jewelry is made entirely from specified materials that do not exceed specified lead and cadmium content limits. Existing law provides that, for jewelry that is not children’s jewelry or body piercing jewelry, the content limits for electroplated metal, unplated metal, plastic or rubber, and dye or surface coating are 6%, 1.5%, 0.02%, and 0.06% of lead by weight, respectively. Existing law imposes separate content requirements for children’s jewelry, as provided. Existing law defines “children” for purposes of these provisions to mean children 6 years of age and younger. Existing law requires a manufacturer or supplier of jewelry that is sold, offered for sale, or offered for promotional purposes to prepare a certification that attests that the jewelry does not contain a level of lead or cadmium in excess of the provided limits. Existing law provides test methods and procedures for testing jewelry for purposes of these provisions.