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Aug 22 2016

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PSC has reached out to CSA about the organization's recent openness practices regarding Z21 standards for gas products.


Aug 22 2016

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Commissioners were slated to vote as PSL was going to press on publishing a CPSC staff proposal for an interpretive rule on fireworks and audible effects.


Aug 22 2016

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A UL 1026 working group continues to be challenged in finding food loads for fire tests of remote-activated, smart-enabled toaster ovens.


Aug 22 2016

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An August 18 ANSI meeting began the process of possible U.S. comments to a potential ISO project on "wheeled child conveyances."


Aug 22 2016

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Kids in Danger (KID) August 9 made four recommendations for addressing furniture stability concerns.


Aug 22 2016

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There was an annual average of 3,970 structure fires in 2010-2014 involving college housing and barracks.


Aug 22 2016

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The EC processed 132 RAPEX reports in July, bringing the annual total to 1,084.


Aug 22 2016

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The EC will need to average only 120 RAPEX reactions per month to top last year's level.

Aug 22 2016

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An ASTM F15.45 task group August 12 discussed proposed revisions to ASTM F2417-16.


Aug 22 2016

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A UL 1370 task group August 11 discussed the scope and possible tests for a new standard on portable unvented liquid and gel fuel burning devices.


Aug 22 2016

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The UL 2201 task group on portable generators August 12 heard a presentation of CDC research on CO deaths in the U.S.


Aug 22 2016

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An ASTM F15.17 task group on infant strollers met August 10 to address incidents in which children have chewed pieces of foam off arm bars.

Aug 22 2016

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An ASTM F15.18 task group on changing tables August 8 reviewed proposed changes to restrict wood screws in the assembly of changing table products.


Aug 22 2016

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) seeks comments by August 30 on proposed changes to its portable fuel container rules.


Aug 22 2016

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The Washington State Department of Ecology is seeking suggestions for additions to its list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children.

Aug 22 2016

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Briefs on phthalates, school safety, thermostats, content reporting, fence stretchers, football helmets, garden tractors, and more.

Aug 22 2016

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Briefs on activity centers, changing tables, infant carriers, baseballs/softballs, building materials, call equipment, and more.


Aug 22 2016

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Briefs on nanotech, standards, bicycles, boxes, dishwashers, fitness trackers, lawn tractors.

Aug 08 2016
Product Safety Letter will not have an August 15, 2016, edition due to its schedule of 48 issues per year. The next issue, Vol. 45, No. 31, will be dated August 22, 2016.

Aug 08 2016

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Commissioners were set to vote by August 9 to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) on a phthalates determination.


Aug 08 2016

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CPSC staff had to back out of an August 3 ANSI/CSA working group session because of an anti-transparency decision affecting U.S. standards.

Aug 08 2016

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CPSC is seeking better understanding, via use of an eye-tracking device, into consumers' visual perception when interacting with products.


Aug 08 2016

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An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products will be in effect one year after its publication.


Aug 08 2016

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A UL task group on range stability August 3 moved toward a warning label to recommend for load-release systems on the doors of ranges.


Aug 08 2016

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A UL task group August 2 settled around bread covered in various ignitable edibles for the next phase of its search for a food load to test smart-enabled toaster ovens.

Aug 08 2016

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Members of an ASTM F15.16 working group on highchair warnings August 1 gave tepid response to an idea floated by CPSC staffers to allow duplicate labels on products.

Aug 08 2016

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Washington State's Department of Ecology noted the upcoming August 31 reporting deadline for companies with gross sales more than $100,000.


Aug 08 2016

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission August 2 said there were 670 recalls in the 2015-2016 financial year, which ended June 30.


Aug 08 2016

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Comment by September 30 on a European Commission preliminary opinion on the risks from UVC lamps.


Aug 08 2016

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Briefs on value of safety, nanoparticles, elevators, fire alarm pulls, hammocks, ice axes, oven mitts, power generators.


Aug 08 2016

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Briefs on amusement rides, building materials, fire risk, floor covering, mold growth, play surfaces, surface burning.


Aug 08 2016

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Briefs on ACCC websites, compliance checklists, kettles, rechargeable batteries, straws, clothing, oven mitts.


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Whether it’s a popular toy, a cutting-edge gadget, or an advanced appliance, exciting new products that hit the market frequently create a buying frenzy.


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In 2007, news reports that consumer products, particularly those used by children, were unsafe, defective, and not meeting industry voluntary standards sent shock waves throughout the consumer product global marketplace. The intense news coverage on these products galvanized parents, consumer and child advocates, and state and federal officials to examine the regulatory system for consumer product protection in the United States.


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CPSC’s Marc Schoem October 2 will leave the agency to become executive director of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPSHO).


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I first met Mike Lemov 42 years ago when I arrived in Washington, D.C. to serve as a special assistant to David Pittle, one of the original five CPSC Commissioners. Mike was then Chief Counsel to a subcommittee on the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, and one of the legislative architects of the Consumer Product Safety Act.


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Anne Mulcahy, the former chairperson of the Xerox Corporation once said about succession planning in business: ‘one of the things we often miss in succession planning is that it should be gradual and thoughtful, with lots of sharing of information and knowledge and perspective, so that it's almost a non-event when it happens’.


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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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GENERAL INTEREST

 

How I Cope with All of the Terrifying Parenting News Out There

Woman’s Health (Emmaus, Pa.)

I used to be pretty easy going - until I had two kids

 

 

AMUSEMENT RIDES

 

Thrill-Ride Accidents Spark New Demands for Regulation

AP (New York, N.Y.)

In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on.

 

 

FIRE SAFETY

 

FDNY Commissioner Holding Fire Safety Event after 3 Major Fires Caused by Children

WABC (New York, N.Y.)

There is a new push for fire safety in New York City following recent fires caused by children.

 

 

JUVENILE PRODUCTS & CHILDCARE ITEMS

 

SIDS Still a Concern

Press of Atlantic City (Atlantic City, N.J.)

Many parents and caregivers are placing babies in unsafe sleeping environments associated with increased risks of death, according to a new report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

 

POOLS, SPAS, ETC.

 

Dallas Lawmaker Hoping New Bill Will Put a Stop to Backyard Pool Drownings

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas)

As the number of Texas children who have drowned this year ticks toward 100, one Dallas lawmaker is hoping a new bill will persuade people to take potentially lifesaving measures.

 

 

SPORTS, FITNESS & RECREATION

 

Link Between Synthetic Turf Fields and Student Athlete Illnesses Considered

Claims Journal (San Diego, Calif.)

Their son is gone.