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Jun 27 2016

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The House is slated to consider an appropriations bill that would cut CPSC's budget by $3.7 million (nearly 3%) in FY2017.


Jun 27 2016

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A trilateral product safety meeting in Beijing June 22 led to agreement for four areas of cooperation.

Jun 27 2016

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CPSC received four comments to its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to update its rules on adjudicative proceedings.


Jun 27 2016

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Residential structure fires in 2011 to 2013 led to estimated annual averages of 2,160 civilian deaths and 12,230 injuries, according to a June 17 CPSC report.


Jun 27 2016

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Members of an ASTM F15.18 work group June 23 were evenly split on whether to create a separate standard for in-bed sleep products.


Jun 27 2016

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) June 20 said it handled 45 general consumer product recalls in the first three months of 2016.


Jun 27 2016

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CPSC June 16 announced that Lumber Liquidators will continue for three-years a testing program involving installed laminate flooring.


Jun 27 2016

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The ASTM ad hoc warning panel June 23 distinguished between short and prolonged sleep in a decision to support a warning suggestion using the word napping.

Jun 27 2016

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The safety of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) will be the target of an opinion sought by the EC's Scientific Committee on Health, Environment and Emerging Risks (SCHEER).


Jun 27 2016

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) June 21 said a "high proportion" of consumer chemical products fail to comply with CLP (classification, labeling, and packaging) rules.


Jun 27 2016

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A June 21 report from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) made four recommendations following its findings about REACH compliance.


Jun 27 2016

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) June 22 said Online Dealz will pay AU$100,000 under a court order.


Jun 27 2016

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Briefs on incident data, bottle warmers, bow scales, computer batteries, hard hats, and more.


Jun 27 2016

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Briefs on candles, children's chairs, inclined sleep products, walkways, butane containers, ceiling grids, and more.


Jun 27 2016

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Briefs on hoverboards, liquid nicotine, REACH-IT, safe sourcing, EU standards, chemicals, and more.


Jun 20 2016

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye June 15 issued a purposely ironic challenge to lawyers for regulated industry: counsel clients to publicize settlement details.


Jun 20 2016

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Commissioners Marietta Robinson and Joseph Mohorovic weighed in on complaints about the clarity of how CPSC assesses civil penalties.


Jun 20 2016

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Issues raised by 20 stakeholders at CPSC's June 20 hearing on FY2017 and FY2018 priorities were topics that typically have received much attention in recent years.


Jun 20 2016

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An NFPA work group June 10 reached consensus that three-sided corners would be the best place for upholstered furniture burn tests.


Jun 20 2016

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An ASTM F15.72 panel on torch fuel and lamp oil packaging June 13 decided to reference Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) provisions on container types.


Jun 20 2016

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The EC processed 167 RAPEX reports in May putting the 2016 year-to-date total at 782.


Jun 20 2016

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The 344 RAPEX reactions reported in May puts the 2016 count at 1,386.

Jun 20 2016

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Briefs on dressers, rulemakings, angle grinders, chairs/barstools, computer batteries, hedge trimmers, and more.


Jun 20 2016

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Briefs on amusement rides, bicycles, candles, hockey helmets, playground equipment, and more.


Jun 20 2016

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Briefs on REACH, electrical cable, GHS, air conditioners, bicycle carriers, candle diffusers, chainsaws, oven mitts, and more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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

 

China, US. EU Pledge to Tighten Product Safety in E-Commerce

AP (New York, N.Y.)

U.S., European and Chinese regulators said Wednesday they will jointly enforce product safety in online commerce, and an American official said they are making progress on crafting standards for hoverboards.

 

China, US, EU Pledge to Increase Efforts to Ensure Safety of Goods Bought by Internet Shoppers

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong, China)

China, the European Union and the US have pledged to increase cooperation to ensure the safety of products sold online amid the huge rise globally in internet shopping.

 

Hoverboard Dangers Helping U.S. Set Safety Standards With China

Wall Street Journal (New York, N.Y.)

The quick surge in sales of hoverboards last holiday season—and the surprising propensity for some of them to catch fire—are helping U.S. regulators create a template for improving product safety in the future.

 

 

AMUSEMENT RIDES

 

State Says Inflatables Must Be Insured and Inspected

Plainview Herald (Plainview, Texas)

They're quickly becoming a must-have for any party or festival.

 

 

BIKES, SKATES, SCOOTERS, ETC.

 

Is It Safer to Wear a Helmet?

Cyclist (London, England)

Some studies say helmets have saved lives, while others say you might as well be wearing a paper hat.

 

 

FIREWORKS

 

Michigan Fireworks Sales Continue to Grow after 2011 Expansion Law

MLive Media (Detroit, Mich.)

Fireworks sales have grown by more than 50 percent since the state legalized bigger, louder fireworks in 2011 according to data from the Michigan Department of Licensing and regulatory affairs.

 

 

LEAD

 

Fear of Lead Paint in HUD Housing Leads Family to Homeless Shelter

CBS News (New York, N.Y.)

Over the course of his difficult life, six-year-old Makheil McMullen has had his blood tested more than 30 times.

 

Kids in Some US Cities Have Dangerously High Blood Lead Levels

KFGO (Fargo, N.D.)

In some U.S. cities, at least one in seven kids have unsafe levels of lead in their blood, indicating exposure to a toxic metal that can lead to lifelong physical, mental and behavioral health problems, a recent study suggests.

 

Largest Blood Lead Study Yet Finds 'Concern' in Newark Kids

NJ Advance Media (Woodbridge, N.J.)

For the second time this year, concerns have been raised about children's exposure to lead in the state's largest city – this time thanks to a national study indicating high blood lead levels in Newark kids.

 

 

PLAY EQUIPMENT

 

Aging Playgrounds Can Be Hazardous; Replacing Them Is costly

The Herald (Everett, Wash.)

The 7-year-old twins and their 9-year-old cousin bounded up the steps of a wooden castle .