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Jun 29 2015

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There were a few items discussed at CPSC’s June 24 priorities hearing that have received little attention, but most of the topics have gotten much attention in recent years.


Jun 29 2015

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CPSC’s June 24 hearing on its use of data revealed the gap between where commissioners would like to be and where the agency is.


Jun 29 2015

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Comment by August 7 on CPSC’s recent report that looked at phthalates biomonitoring data more recent than used by the chronic hazard advisory panel (CHAP).


Jun 29 2015

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The more-than 300 comments received by CSPC in its lasted comment period on recreational off-road vehicles (ROVs) mostly came from individuals delivering short messages in support or opposition to its pending rulemaking.


Jun 29 2015

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EPA seeks feedback by August 18 on using ToxCast tools for testing chemicals for potential to disrupt hormone function.


Jun 29 2015

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The CANENA 61C technical committee June 25 continued work on requirements for household refrigerators and freezers.

Jun 29 2015

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ASTM F15.16 subgroups on infant gates June 22 discussed cyclical hardware and slat strength testing for baby gates.


Jun 29 2015

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Health Canada June 19 celebrated the fourth anniversary of the effective date (6/20/11) of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.


Jun 29 2015

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Health Canada and Environment Canada June 22 reported completing assessments on some 2,700 substances under its Chemicals Management plan.


Jun 29 2015

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There is disparity in Australian parent’s awareness of which items can be anchored to help mitigate tipover risks to children, according to a survey report made available June 24 by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).


Jun 29 2015

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S. 1607, introduced June 18 by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) targets analysis of pending regulations by independent agencies.


Jun 29 2015

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Four companies will remove liquid nicotine not in child-resistant containers from stores in New York State.


Jun 29 2015

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Briefs on TSCA reform, balance of power, consumer drones, liquid/gel fuel fireplaces, 3D printing, smart firefighting, aquarium heaters, bicycle forks, blower/vacuums, stools, and more.


Jun 29 2015

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Briefs on building material, burning characteristics, fire terminology, infant swings, cables, fire protection, microwave ovens, ranges, and more.


Jun 29 2015

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Briefs on REACH 2018, reproductive toxicity, asbestos, bean bag chairs, bicycle forks, car seats, lamps, Roman shades, bedding, and more.

Jun 22 2015

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There have been some changes in recent years to phthalates exposure for women of childbearing age.


Jun 22 2015

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye June 18 told Senators why he thinks manufacturers and the agency sometimes seem to have different risk tolerances.


Jun 22 2015

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CPSC and the Justice Department June 17 filed a complaint against Spectrum Brands alleging Section 15 reporting violations involving coffeemakers as well as selling recalled products.


Jun 22 2015

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Omission of certain testing provisions from the newest version of ASTM’s toddler bed standard means CPSC staff are recommending against a commission vote to incorporate it as a mandatory standard.


Jun 22 2015

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An ASTM F15.21 task group on infant swings June 16 finalized age milestone suggestions.


Jun 22 2015

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An ASTM F15.22 task group June 17 finalized battery provisions for F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.


Jun 22 2015

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) June 12 specified three steps aimed at unnecessary animal testing.


Jun 22 2015

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The European chemicals Agency (ECHA) June 16 said its Socio-Economic Committee (SEAC) would be launching consultations on two substances.


Jun 22 2015

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The EU RAPEX system added 130 notices in May, bringing the year-to-date tally to 806.


Jun 22 2015

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The volume of EU RAPEX reactions this year is running 10% higher than in 2014 following the 254 received in May.


Jun 22 2015

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New York State legislation aimed at chemicals in children’s products was poised to die in the state senate as PSL went to press.


Jun 22 2015

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Briefs on rule reviews, hook-on chairs, CPSC agenda, CPSC contracts, bicycles, door anchors, pull toys, and more.


Jun 22 2015

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Briefs on bicycle trailers, fire tests, playground surfacing, infant rockers, amusement rides, bouncer seats, hook-on chairs, bicycle helmets, ice hockey helmets, smoke release, and more.


Jun 22 2015

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Briefs on chemicals, cable, cleaning products, bean bag covers, bicycles, baby sandals, strollers, and more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

Free Story

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.


Free Story

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.


Free Story

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.


Free Story

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.


Free Story

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.


Free Story

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


Free Story

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


Free Story

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?”


Free Story

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.


Free Story

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?


FREE DAILY NEWS

ATVs, SNOWMOBILES, ETC.

 

Wisconsin Officials Stress Importance of Helmets after Fatal ATV Crashes Involving Children

Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.)

State officials are stressing the importance of helmets after two of the four children killed in all-terrain vehicle crashes this year in Wisconsin weren't wearing protective headgear.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

Collapsed Balcony That Killed 6 Passed 2014 Inspection, Records Show

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.)

The fifth-floor Berkeley apartment balcony that collapsed two weeks ago, killing six and injuring seven, passed muster with inspectors hired by the complex’s owners less than a year ago, according to documents released by the city Monday.

 

12 Key Questions about the Mr Fluffy Homes List

Canberra Times (Canberra, Australia)

This information has been provided by the Asbestos Taskforce to explain the release of the Mr Fluffy home list and to answer key questions.

 

 

ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES

 

Disney Joins Growing Number of Venues Banning Selfie Sticks

USA Today (McLean, Va.)

If you're looking to create an artful self-portrait with that famous mouse at the Magic Kingdom, you'll have to do it the old-fashioned way -- with your arm.

 

Disneyland Banning Selfie Sticks Starting Tuesday

KABC (Los Angeles, Calif.)

If you're headed to Disneyland, leave your selfie stick at home.

 

Why Have Disney Banned Selfie Sticks from All Theme Parks

The Mirror (London, England)

The tech gadget of the summer, the selfie stick, has been banned from all Disney theme parks.

 

 

HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS & CLEANING PRODUCTS

 

Dangers Behind Laundry Pods Stump Poison-Control Experts

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

This past spring, Edward Bottei punctured dozens of laundry detergent packets using a chisel-shaped instrument to see what it took to burst them.

 

Detergent Makers to Add Bitter Substance to Laundry Pods

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

Several U.S. makers of concentrated laundry-detergent packets will soon coat the product in a foul-tasting substance, the latest in a series of measures aimed at reducing the poisoning risk to young children.