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Kemikalier och metaller i leksaker: Medvetenheten hos föräldrar om farliga ämnen i leksaker
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Chemicals and metals in toys – The awareness of parents about dangerous toys 

The purpose of this study is to examine which chemicals and metals that are found in manufactured toys and how these substances affect the environment and human health. Further, the purpose is to investigate whether parents buying toys are aware of substances found in these toys, and what kind of information they would like to receive regarding these substances.


The study has mainly been conducted by reviewing existing literature and information from the Swedish government and the EU. A questionnaire was created to examine parents’ awareness about dangerous substances in toys, and what kind of information they would like about this. The survey was conducted in Örnsköldsvik and a total of 114 parents with children five years or younger responded to the survey.


Toys can contain substances harmful to both human health and the environment, although many of the surveyed parents did not have knowledge about the subject. Most parents wanted access to more information and came with their own ideas on how they wanted to get the information and what they wanted to know.


Many chemicals and metals are currently classified as hazardous and are forbidden to be included in children’s toys. However, the biggest problem is that there is not enough knowledge available for the chemicals that we use today. By the time the effects of these substances are realized they may already be widespread in the environment, and it may be too late to remove them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 26 p.
Keyword [en]
Children, toys, chemicals, metals
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60718OAI: diva2:562224
Subject / course
Examensarbete i miljö och hälsoskydd
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Available from: 2012-10-23 Created: 2012-10-23 Last updated: 2012-10-23Bibliographically approved

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