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May 18 2015

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye May 13 explained to PSL that his call for agency staff to look into “randomized controlled trials of proposed rules” likely would involve review of what other agencies have done and would include analysis of legal considerations.


May 18 2015

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Commissioners voted 5-0 May 12 to approve with amendments the midyear update to CPSC’s operating plan.


May 18 2015

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CPSC stakeholders May 13 had a chance to view a demonstration of the agency’s prototype registry to support electronic filing of certificates of conformance.


May 18 2015

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The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) May 12 shared fifteen proposals related to voluntary standards for major and portable appliances with CPSC staff.


May 18 2015

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CPSC May 11 heard an update and request for guidance on fireworks requirements.


May 18 2015

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Task groups for ASTM’s F15.71 liquid laundry packets subcommittee May 8 and 11 discussed packaging options and potential issues with a patent on aversives.


May 18 2015

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Zen Magnets May 14 became subject to a stop sale order for all magnets it commingled with those it obtained from Star Networks.


May 18 2015

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is seeking public feedback by June 5 on accepting international product safety standards and risk assessments.


May 18 2015

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Comment by June 12 on the European Union move to create a scientific opinion on estimates of how much toy material children ingest.


May 18 2015

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Albany County, N.Y., May 13 agreed to a stay of its Local Law J, which targets antimony, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, cobalt, lead, and mercury in children’s products.


May 18 2015

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The EU’s January to April tally of RAPEX reports stands at 676 with the 170 received last month.


May 18 2015

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There were about 25,000 fires a year in vacant residential buildings from 2010 to 2012, according to data made available May 13 by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

May 18 2015

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An upcoming congressional hearing and three likely CPSC events promise to generate much discussion and insight into crosscutting agency matters.


May 18 2015

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Briefs on car seats, carbon monoxide, cribs, toy vehicles, reclining furniture, safety gates, and more.


May 18 2015

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Briefs on airsoft guns, infant floor seats, play equipment, skis, batteries, flotation devices, hedge trimmers, smoke detectors, and more.


May 18 2015

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Briefs on consumer exposure, baby blankets, jewelry, wax burner sets, balloon blowing kits, snow rescue shovels, and more.


May 11 2015

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Commissioners are set to hold a decisional meeting May 12 on staff recommendations on 28 projects to get possible additional funding from up to about $6 million that might become available during the rest of the fiscal year.


May 11 2015

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ASTM’s F15.51 pool/spa gravity flow task group April 30 reviewed testing videos and discussed an industry whitepaper on gravity drainage.


May 11 2015

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Some members of a UL 2201 subgroup looking at testing of portable generators May 4 expressed eagerness to move to performance elements of their project.


May 11 2015

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An ASTM F15.22 workgroup on batteries in toys May 4 spent some three hours deciding how to deal with comments on draft changes to the standard.


May 11 2015

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in late April sai that REACH registrants should look into at how they could use three OECD test guidelines.


May 11 2015

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission May 4 reported that only 15% of some 4,000 km of risky electrical cable distributed by Infinity Cable has been replaced.


May 11 2015

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye tempered his reaction that a window covering certification program is a “positive step” with strongly worded encouragement for continued movement away from certain units.


May 11 2015

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Decorative lighting, lead, Hispanics, axes, bicycles, crib mattresses, reclining furniture, and more.


May 11 2015

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Briefs on fire tests, test data, airsoft guns, building material, wall covering, door, ferrules, fire curtains, and more.


May 11 2015

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Briefs on cribs, REACH, brush trimmers, imitation candles, power banks, respirators, battery chargers, charcoal, cleaners, digital locks, and more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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While CPSC’s 2008 report and press release on lead exposure from synthetic turf do not reflect Chairman Elliot Kaye’s position or thinking on the question, reports suggesting this means the agency is reversing or backtracking on the matter are inaccurate.


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Much of CPSC’s April 21 Section 15 suit against Michaels Stores hinges on whether the retail chain was an importer and thus bore higher reporting duties than as a distributor or retailer.


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Possible preemption of an Albany County, N.Y., law on ingredients in children’s products will involve the debate over mere presence versus accessibility and harmful effect.


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CPSC has a deadline of April 14 to respond to a temporary stay of its magnets rule. The April 1 order came the day the rule went into effect. It was at the request of Zen Magnets in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before Judges Paul Kelly and Harris Hartz.


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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye March 25 told an on-phone gathering of reporters from national outlets that 6(b) is an “anti-consumer safety, anti-transparency” requirement.


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Industry representatives March 3 sought advice on pictograms, warning language, and their placement for coin cell batteries.


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Perhaps you've noticed a bit of a contrived controversy out in blogland over the past two months. It seems that a handful of folks are convinced – or, at least, trying to convince others – of two factoids:

  • CPSC is coming after Christmas lights and thus Christmas, those Grinches!
  • CPSC is imposing new standards despite dramatic improvements in safety, those zealots!

Both are misinformation


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It’s natural to try to understand new phenomena via comparisons, and that’s certainly been the frequent case in the past few years of the saga of small, strong magnets. I and many others have asked ourselves, “What well-understood products are the magnets like, and what does that say about the appropriateness or inappropriateness of CPSC’s various actions?”


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Recently sworn-in CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye August 13 told reporters assembled in his Bethesda, Md. office that he doesn’t like the “paradigm of winners and losers” when it comes to product safety.


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Data released by the CPSC indicates that Section 15(b) reports were substantially lower in Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2013 as compared with the previous two years. Plus, voluntary recalls also dropped in FY2013. What is going on here?


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Green-Glowing Minnows Turn Product-Safety Pawns in China

Bloomberg (New York, N.Y.)

Tiny fish that glow green and morph in the presence of toxins are joining front-line efforts in China to improve product safety.

 

Industry Delayed EU Regulation of Toxic Chemicals

EU Observer (Brussels, Belgium)

A report out on Wednesday (20 May) shows how industry lobbied EU institutions to kill regulation on possible toxic chemicals used in everyday products.

 

 

ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES

 

Health and Data: Can Digital Fitness Monitors Revolutionise Our Lives?

The Guardian (London, England)

From the instant he wakes up each morning, through his workday and into the night, the essence of Larry Smarr is captured by a series of numbers: a resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute, a blood pressure of 130/70, a stress level of 2%, weight of 87kg, 8,000 steps taken, 15 floors climbed, eight hours of sleep.

 

 

JUVENILE PRODUCTS & CHILDCARE ITEMS

 

150K Babies' Lives Saved With 'Miracle' Product

Yahoo Parenting (Sunnyvale, Calif.)

Almost 2 million babies die the same day they’re born.

 

 

PLAY EQUIPMENT

 

Are Playgrounds Becoming too Safe?

The Phuket News (Phuket, Thailand)

Are we over zealous in worrying about the possibility of our children getting hurt while they are playing?