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Oct 23 2017

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Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic October 18 announced his resignation effective October 20.


Oct 23 2017

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Commissioners October 18 voted 3-2 on party lines to approve a final rule on phthalates bans, ending a decade-long project stemming from the CPSIA.


Oct 23 2017

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Numerous consumer-advocacy groups October 13 said a privacy breach involving the Google Home Mini merits product-safety attention by CPSC.


Oct 23 2017

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An ASTM F15.22 working group decided October 16 to move towards removing a note in the F963 toy standard that addresses storage requirements for improvised projectiles.


Oct 23 2017

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Members of an ASTM F15.16 working group October 13 decided it would be possible to provide limited advice on high chair rearward stability testing.


Oct 23 2017

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An ASTM F15.16 working group quickly decided to move proposed language about passive crotch restraints up to the higher subcommittee.


Oct 23 2017

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New Zealand's Commerce Commission October 13 said 123 Mart was fined NZ$337,000 related to an earlier court decision.


Oct 23 2017

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There were at least 195 explosions involving electronic cigarettes in 2009 to 2016, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) said in an updated report made available October 17.


Oct 23 2017

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Briefs on engineered wood, firewalled labs, laser projectors, bicycles, knives, ottomans, and more.


Oct 23 2017

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Briefs on eye protection, football helmets, inclined sleep, vacuum cleaners, cooking appliance, and more.


Oct 23 2017

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Briefs on e-cigarettes, Halloween, nanomaterials, smart watches, bicycle brakes, ethanol burners, ROVs, and more.


Oct 16 2017

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CPSC's multi-hour staff briefing October 11 on the phthalates rulemaking likely was the next-to-last discussion prior to a final decision on the decade-long effort.


Oct 16 2017

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More comments appeared the week of October 9 on CPSC's docket for its request about easing regulatory burdens.


Oct 16 2017

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Two recent CPSC happenings involve ATVs and passengers.


Oct 16 2017

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Commissioners were slated to vote by ballot as PSL went to press on delegating authority for granting firewalled-lab status.


Oct 16 2017

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Commissioners voted 5-0 to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking for a CPSC regulatory relief determination.

Oct 16 2017

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There were about 1.34 million U.S. fires in 2016 with some 475,500 in structures, according to data just available from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


Oct 16 2017

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There was an estimated annual average of 358,500 home structure fires during 2011-2015, according to a new report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


Oct 16 2017

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There was an estimated annual average of 4,980 fires in educational structures in 2011-2015, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


Oct 16 2017

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An F15.16 working group October 9 decided on movement towards dealing with certain reclining seat accessories in the F404 high chair standard.


Oct 16 2017

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An ASTM F15.18 working group October 11 decided to move towards an alternate gap test in the F406 play-yard standard.

Oct 16 2017

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The 172 RAPEX reports received in September puts the year-to-date total at 1,555.


Oct 16 2017

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The EC processed 298 RAPEX reactions in September, so the year-to-date tally is at 2,774.


Oct 16 2017

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Briefs on magnets, infant tubs, Spectrum, subject protections, safety seats, CPSC contracts, and more.


Oct 16 2017

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Briefs on amusement rides, pole vault, area lighting, building material, buoyant devices, doors, and more.


Oct 16 2017

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Briefs on bicycle helmets, cribs, heaters, lighters, massage cushions, sleepwear, and more.

FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic October 18 announced his resignation effective close of business Friday, October 20.


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Companies that make and sell products, and the agencies that regulate them, are inundated with massive amounts of data received from a wide variety of sources.


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CPSC's 14-year project on table saw blade contact injuries is set to hit a milestone at an April 27 decisional meeting.


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CPSC staff April 19 suggested to JPMA that potential collaboration could extend beyond traditional nursery products.


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Cooking equipment was the top product class linked to fires in buildings under construction in 2010-2014 while heating equipment was the main one during renovations.


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Battery safety is the topic of an all-day training session by CPSC staff scheduled to occur May 16 in Shenzhen, China.


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An ASTM F15.22 working group's April 20 session on toy projectiles became a review of various non-substantive editorial matters as the major target of discussion was withdrawn before the call.


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The 10 comments CPSC has received so far on its fireworks NPR were generally supportive of the agency's direction although there were some concerns and suggestions.


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CPSC would operate in very limited fashion in the event of a government shutdown later this month.


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Briefs on elevators, Viking Range, toys, flame retardants, caster boards, chairs, food dehydrators, and more.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

CPSC Targets Ban on Flame Retardants Often Found in Children's Clothes and Toys

Promo Marketing (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Parenthood often finds folks earning worrywart status due to their obsessing over a multitude of matters that could complicate their offspring’s existence.

 

Brands, Platforms Have Taken to Suing Individual Sellers, Teaming up to Fight Fakes

The Fashion Law (New York, N.Y.)

While it is completely common for design houses to file trademark claims against large networks of websites and their operators in connection with the sale of counterfeit goods, it has not been quite as regular an occurrence for these owners of valuable intellectual property rights to file lawsuits against individual marketplace users

 

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting

Bloomberg (New York, N.Y.)

Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” 

 

A Business Prescription for Reducing Toxic Chemical Use

GreenBiz (Oakland, Calif.)

Amidst the conversation about the need for reduced use of toxic chemicals and greater investment in "greener" chemistries for products, industrial processes and supply chains, a core question is "What’s the business case?" or sometimes simply, "What’s in it for me?"

 

Cadmium: A Highly Toxic Metal with Extensive Commercial Use

InvestorIntel (Toronto, Ontario)

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) publishes a priority list of substances determined to pose the most significant potential threat to human health due to their known or suspected toxicity and potential for human exposure at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Priority List (NPL) hazardous waste sites in the United States.

 

 

BLOGS

 

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CPSC Poised to Ban Toxic Phthalates in Toys, Kid's Products

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will vote to ban the use of several toxic chemicals—that are part of a category of chemicals known as phthalates (“thal-ates”)—from toys and childcare articles such as teethers, pacifiers and sippy cups.

 

CPSC Bans Toxic Chemicals in Kid’s Toys, Child Care Articles

Natural Resources Defense Council

CPSC commissioners took an important step today to protect children’s health.

 

 

AMUSEMENT RIDES

 

Bounce House Wind Incident with Injuries in Niagara County Highlights Safety Concerns

Albany Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)

Police Chief Kevin Judd had a case of deja vu after hearing about an inflatable bounce house with kids inside being blown into the sky this weekend near Buffalo.

 

Wheatfield to Consider Bounce House Regulations

Niagara Gazette (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)

The town is considering the possibility of enacting new regulations after a woman and several children were injured when a bounce house was swept up by heavy winds on Sunday.

 

 

JUVENILE PRODUCTS & CHILDCARE ITEMS

 

Ohio and Maryland Only States to Ban Baby Bumpers

WKBN (Youngstown, Ohio)

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month, and the designation brings to light the three infant deaths that happen each week in the state caused by the sleep-related condition.