Carcinogens: A substance or exposure that can cause cancer. Carcinogens can cause cancer by either directly or indirectly changing the DNA of a cell. In addition to a direct effect, carcinogens can indirectly cause cells to mutate in a number of ways, such as making them divide faster than normal, thereby increasing the likelihood of DNA changes. Carcinogens don't cause cancer in every case, and the likelihood that they will depends on a number of factors, including genetics and length and intensity of exposure ["Known and Probable Human Carcinogens." American Cancer Society, 15 Aug. 2013
Mutagens: A substance that alters DNA. It causes permanent damage to the amount or structure of the genetic material in a cell ["Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories." (1910.1450) Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 15 Aug. 2013
Toxins for Reproduction: Chemicals that affect reproductive capabilities, including developmental defects ["Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories." (1910.1450) Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 15 Aug. 2013
Relating to Children's Coloring MarkersComponent suppliers and finished goods manufacturers of children's coloring markers need to be acutely aware of the recent changes to regulations and must comply with EU Toy Safety
Directive 2009/48/EC. It is imperative that manufacturers of writing instruments intended for children's use purchase components from reputable suppliers who test and confirm that their components comply with this Directive.
Porex Corporation is a supplier of porous plastic and fiber nib components, which are utilized in writing instruments worldwide, including children's coloring markers. Porex nibs have been tested and are certified to be in compliance with EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. Additionally, Porex takes great care in the handling of our materials to ensure the safety of our employees, our products, and the environment in which we work and live.