Ningbo Quality Supervision Bureau spot-checked 15 faucet enterprises, all failed
The Ningbo Quality Inspection Institute recently conducted a special retrospective supervision and spot check on the product quality of faucets (faucets) in Yongkang Hardware City, involving 15 manufacturers. The origins include Shanghai, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Fujian and other 4 places, and the number of unqualified batches is 15 Batch, batch failure rate is 100%.
Among the unqualified indicators, all items of “material hygiene requirements” were unqualified, 14 batches of “corrosion resistance of coating and plating” items were unqualified and 10 batches of “marking” items were unqualified.
Unqualified “material hygiene requirements” means that heavy metals are commonly known as exceeding the standard, which will damage the health of consumers. The inspection found that among the products sampled this time, zinc alloy materials were used as the main product material accounted for 50%.
Although the relevant standards do not specify which materials to use, the use of zinc alloy materials is likely to exceed the standard for heavy metals, and zinc itself is a heavy metal, and excessive amounts will cause zinc fever. At present, the most widely used faucet materials should be copper alloy and stainless steel.
Faucets with unqualified “coating and plating corrosion resistance” are prone to rust after use, which affects the appearance. After corrosion, they may also contain toxic components, such as patina, which is highly toxic.
CCTV has repeatedly reported on heavy metal incidents such as excessive lead in faucets. This is also a catalyst for the introduction of the new version of the “Standard for Ceramic Sealing Sheet Faucets”. On December 1, the faucet standard called “the most stringent in history”-GB18145-2014 “Ceramic Sealing Sheet Faucet Standard” came into effect. The new national standard supplements and modifies existing standards in terms of water-saving performance and quality of faucets. Compared with the original standard, the biggest change is the addition of 17 metal pollution such as lead, chromium, arsenic, manganese, and mercury. The amount of precipitation is a mandatory clause. Among them, the amount of “lead” that has attracted much attention is not more than 5 micrograms/liter, which is consistent with the current US standards and is the world’s highest. The new standard applies to faucets of all materials.
In order to promote the implementation of the new standards, the first new national standard certification for faucets has also been launched. “Certificate of metal pollutant precipitation limit for ceramic sheet sealing faucet” is the first voluntary product certification for the new national standard of faucet. In the future, it may play the role of “3C certification in the bathroom industry” and become the market access for faucet products. certificate. The first batch of certified companies meeting the national standard will be announced at the end of the year.
The Provincial Quality Supervision Bureau stated that when consumers buy faucets, they should buy qualified products sold in regular channels and produced by regular manufacturers. It is best to choose products produced according to the new standard after December 1, 2014, and do not unilaterally pursue low prices. . Try to buy a faucet with copper alloy and stainless steel as the main material and excellent appearance quality.