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Apr 20 2015

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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.


Apr 20 2015

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The 14 additional comments CPSC received by April 15 on its phthalates rulemaking mostly raised concerns with the process and work of the chronic hazard advisory panel.


Apr 20 2015

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Congress should establish a formal mechanism to address regulatory overlap among product safety agencies, including CPSC, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) urged April 14.


Apr 20 2015

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ASTM’s adult portable bed rails group April 9 discussed proposed changes to five subsections of proposed performance requirements.

Apr 20 2015

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An ASTM F15.18 task group on changing table collapses April 14 readied its proposal for wider consideration.


Apr 20 2015

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Members of an ASTM F15.68 working group April 13 heard and offered no objections to four items related to cords in F2951-13.


Apr 20 2015

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An ASTM F15.71 working group of laundry packet safety April 15 deemed elements of European requirements to be tentatively acceptable.


Apr 20 2015

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Representatives from the Composite Panel Association (CPA) April 14 offered CPSC staff a presentation of technical and background information on broad formaldehyde and laminate flooring issues.


Apr 20 2015

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An ASTM F15.20 task group April 10 determined that infant bathers, infant bathtubs and sling-type products were different enough to warrant three standards.


Apr 20 2015

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is accepting comments through June 11 on guidelines on lead and products that can be mouthed by children.


Apr 20 2015

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Eleven product areas are worthy of European attention as possibly posing emerging health and safety risks.


Apr 20 2015

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The 158 RAPEX reports received by DG-Santé in March put the system at 506 notices for the first quarter of 2015.


Apr 20 2015

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Briefs on regulations, bicycle fenders, bike hooks, children’s blankets, mattresses, ROVs, scarves, and more.


Apr 20 2015

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Briefs on grease ducts, paintballs, trampoline courts, circuit breakers, fireplaces, generators, and more.


Apr 20 2015

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Briefs on RAPEX reactions, nanomaterials, child injuries, battery chargers, infant clothing, vacuum cleaners, avalanche transceivers, bike hooks, lawn mowers, and more.


Apr 13 2015

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The precision of questions posed April 9 to CPSC and CBP representatives show both the interest and concern among industry about the upcoming certificate e-filing pilot.


Apr 13 2015

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CSPC staff in late March wrote that a contractor report on the concentration of heavy elements in mostly-natural materials will inform recommendations on making determinations to ease testing burdens.


Apr 13 2015

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A coalition March 31 petitioned CPSC to set bans in four categories of products containing flame retardants.


Apr 13 2015

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CPSC seeks comments by June 8 on a petition to amend clothing flammability rules at 16 CFR 1610 related to preparing test samples.


Apr 13 2015

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CPSC seeks comments by June 2 on a review of the open flame mattress flammability rules at 16 CFR 1633 under the Regulatory Flexibility Act.


Apr 13 2015

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CSPC staff in early April called on industry groups to reopen voluntary standards on recreational off-highway vehicles and the commission again extended the comment period on a related proposed rule for mandatory standards.


Apr 13 2015

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There were some points of substantive discussion during an April 9 working group call on suggested updates to ISO 8124 toy safety guidelines on age determination.


Apr 13 2015

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Indication of plans by CSA to finalize elements of its 22.2 electrical codes has members of the appliance industry worried about the possibility of operating under differing U.S. and Canadian standards for numerous years.


Apr 13 2015

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The ASTM 15.51 pool/spa drain gravity flow task group April 2 explored changes to the test apparatus, reviewed test subject positioning, and discussed higher capacity load cells.


Apr 13 2015

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Health Canada plans to spend about C$33.65 million on product safety efforts in the year that began April 1, according to its March 31 report.


Apr 13 2015

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Product safety compliance is among the March 27 guidances provided by the U.K.’s Trading Standards Institute (TSI). The series is aimed at helping companies understand responsibilities under the Consumer Rights Act that became law at the end of March.


Apr 13 2015

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A website, Online Dealz, is the target of crib and stroller enforcement action announced March 31 by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).


Apr 13 2015

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) March 25 told consumers to beware of “lunchbox” portable butane cookers


Apr 13 2015

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The U.K. Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) March 25 said it would not proceed with proposed changes related to upholstered furniture flammability.


Apr 13 2015

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U.S. import authorities seized some $1.2 billion (MSRP) in counterfeit products in fiscal 2014 (ended September 30). The value was down from $1.7 billion in 2013.


Apr 13 2015

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The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) in January approved its opinion on chromium VI in toys.


Apr 13 2015

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CPSC’s deadline to respond to a temporary stay of its magnets rule is April 14.


Apr 13 2015

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Briefs on BPA, asbestos, CPSC comment periods, gasoline cans, electric ranges, CPSC records, car seats, sprinklers, fire safety, children’s pajamas, hockey goalie masks, strollers, water heaters, window coverings, and more.


Apr 13 2015

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Briefs on fire tests, play equipment, thermal properties, toys, appliances, building joints, electric fans, fire extinguishers, fire protection, gas valves, lighting protection, power drives, raceway/fittings, smoke alarms, switches, underwater lights, waste disposers, wires/cables, and more.


Apr 13 2015

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Briefs on risk assessment, CoRAP, biocides, resource directories, bunk beds, butane cookers, hammocks, swing sets, toy projectiles, baby bottles, cleaners, hand trucks, mineral samples, children’s jewelry, eyewear, and more.


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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.


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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


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?”


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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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Over the past 11 months, publications like The ABA Journal, National Review, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Weekly Standard, Portland Press Herald, The American Conservative, Huffington Post, Touchstone Magazine, and others have repeated the bogus claim that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has its own Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.


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Describing the settlement of CPSC’s administrative lawsuit on the recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes as “unacceptable” and “bad precedent,” Acting Chairman Robert Adler dissented in the 2-1 commission vote that approved the deal.


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Elliot Kaye and Joe Mohorovic April 11, at the PSL deadline, awaited Senate votes on their nominations to join CPSC.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Two Cheers For The Tenth Circuit's Temporary Stay Of The CPSC's New Magnet Safety Standard

Forbes (New York, N.Y.)

On April 1—no joke—the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s troubling new standard for magnet sets was slated to go into effect.

 

CBP’s Future: Modernization and Collaboration

Federal Times (Washington, D.C.)

Customs and Border Protection is pushing a two-pronged approach for its agency over the next two years: modernize its systems and strengthen its partnerships with outside groups, according to its top official.

 

We Should Scrutinize Imported Goods

The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.)

According to the World Trade Organization, America is the world’s second-richest country, and largest importer. In 2014, the U.S. bought $2.4 trillion worth of products from countries around the world,

 

Healthy Pregnancies Depend on Good Information about Toxic Chemicals

Portland Press Herald (Portland, Maine)

When a woman finds out that she is pregnant, usually one of the first things she does is seek out information from books or health care professionals about what she should and shouldn’t be doing to ensure she has a healthy pregnancy.

 

'Free-Range' Parenting: How Safe Are Kids in Today's World?

Christian Science Monitor (Boston, Mass.)

The Maryland couple who made news for allowing their children to walk to the park unsupervised have drawn attention to a parenting style that advocates greater independence for kids.

 

There's Never Been a Safer Time to Be a Kid in America

The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

Imagine being 10 years old and being led, along with your 6-year-old sibling, into the backseat of a police cruiser.

 

Kids, Supervision, and Where to Draw the Line

The Boston Globe (Boston, Mass.)

A couple in Maryland are being accused of negligence for letting their 10- and 6-year-old children walk home alone from a park.

 

Seven Reasons We Hate Free-Range Parenting

Bloomberg (New York, N.Y.)

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv of Maryland want to raise their children as "free-range kids," which is to say giving them the kind of range of movement that those of us over 30 recall as a normal part of childhood.

 

'Free-Range' Kids and Our Parenting Police State

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

They were coming home from a park, on this gorgeous, blossoming weekend, after playing.

 

 

ATVs, SNOWMOBILES, ETC.

 

Kids Riding ATVs Is Common But Not Necessarily Safe

Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.)

In Placer County, where two young boys died Sunday after the child-sized all-terrain vehicle they were riding crashed into a pond, it’s not out of the ordinary to see children riding ATVs.

 

 

BEAUTY, COSMETICS & PERSONAL CARE

 

A Brief Guide To Phthalates And Why They Could Be Bad For You

The Gloss (New York, N.Y.)

Our beauty routines can be ritualistic, important to us and symbolic of how we treat ourselves.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

Mr Fluffy: Letters from a Private Company Spark Privacy Concerns about an Affected Property List

Australian Broadcasting Corp. (Sydney, Australia)

The ACT Asbestos Taskforce has denied letters sent to Mr Fluffy homeowners from a property firm have come from a list leaked from its office.

 

 

HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS & CLEANING PRODUCTS

 

Crisis of the Detergent Pod

Power Line (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has a certain genius for avoiding outspoken stands on important issues and leading the way on trivial matters calculated to garner broad public support.

 

 

JUVENILE PRODUCTS & CHILDCARE ITEMS

 

Baby Saved By Video Monitor When Choked By ‘Death Trap’ Cot

The Inquisitr (London, England)

A 19-month-old girl had a close brush with death when she was gripped by the neck, climbing on what has been dubbed a “death trap” cot. It was only the baby video monitor that saved her life.

 

Furniture Boss Sentenced for Selling Dangerous Cot that Trapped Child by the Neck

MKWeb (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England)

A furniture company has been fined £12,000 and its boss given a suspended jail term after a 19-month girl trapped her head in a cot and was left hanging.

 

 

SPORTS, FITNESS & RECREATION

 

Delivering a Miracle

Journal of Emergency Medical Services (Fairfax, Va.)

After 13 people drowned in Multnomah County at Glenn Otto Park on the Sandy River in Troutdale, Oregon over a five-year period in the late 1990s, local officials and civic leaders made it their #1 goal to reduce deaths at the park.

 

IHSA: Concussions Lawsuit 'Threatens' Football, Should Be Dismissed

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Ill.)

The nation's first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide.