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PREMIUM CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER
Mar 30 2015

Product Safety Letter will not have an April 6, 2015 edition as part of its schedule of 48 issues per year. The next issue, Vol. 44, No. 14, will be dated April 13, 2015.


Mar 30 2015

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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.


Mar 30 2015

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Questions CPSC wants answered were among the details explained by agency staff in a March 26 webinar on the planned pilot program for electronic filing of certificates.


Mar 30 2015

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CPSC staff March 27, as PSL went to press, were slated to participate in a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) session about work on the Partner Government Agency (PGA) programs related to Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) functionality.


Mar 30 2015

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An ASTM F15.70 task group March 19 addressed comments on performance testing for adult portable bed rails involving sharp edges, warnings and retention systems.


Mar 30 2015

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An ASTM F15 task group looking at infant floor seats March 19 discussed issues related to a standard’s scope, incident data, testing procedures, and warning language.


Mar 30 2015

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An ASTM 15.51 pool/spa drain gravity flow task group March 19 agreed to develop protocols for human testing hazards and to make design changes to the test apparatus.


Mar 30 2015

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Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic March 19 discussed industry priorities, voluntary disclosure and educational initiatives with Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA).

Mar 30 2015

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The ANSI/NEMA Z535 SC6 panel March 23 reviewed open proposals on Z535.6, Product Safety Information in Product Manuals, Instructions and other Collateral Materials.


Mar 30 2015

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The sole comment on a petition that CPSC create mandatory rules for residential elevators supported such an action.


Mar 30 2015

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The 2014 annual report for the European RAPEX system shows 2,435 reports for the year, 47 more than previously indicated.


Mar 30 2015

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Health Canada received of 263 product safety incident reports in October to December 2014, it said March 20. Most, 56%, came from industry, with 44% from consumers.


Mar 30 2015

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DG Santé March 25 began a series of three stakeholder meetings aimed at setting criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors.


Mar 30 2015

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) March 23 reported some outcomes of work involving substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and REACH.


Mar 30 2015

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Health Canada will hold webinars to educate stakeholders about product safety matters.


Mar 30 2015

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Product safety is among the areas potentially being hurt by budgetary constraint, according to a March 21 report from the U.K. Trading Standards Institute (TSI).


Mar 30 2015

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Four recommendations to improve child-passenger safety education were the results of a study report made available March 19 from NHTSA.


Mar 30 2015

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Graco, for now, will pay only 30% of its $10 million reporting penalty to NHTSA, under the terms of the consent order announced March 20.


Mar 30 2015

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Briefs on regulating regulations, Internet of Things, BPA, phthalates, clothing textiles, testing burdens, CPSC audits, testing burdens, window cords, poison, nanotechnology, sprinklers, and more.


Mar 30 2015

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Briefs on building material, fire tests, laundry packets, mouth protectors, amusement rides, building materials, fire standards, toddler beds, burglar alarms, fire extinguishers, and more.


Mar 30 2015

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Briefs on EMFs, power cables, repro-toxics, bicycles, educational supplies, eyewear, flashlights, lawn blowers, night lights, pool toys, and more.


Mar 23 2015

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Testing burden reduction received little attention at a March 18 House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on CPSC’s budget.


Mar 23 2015

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic March 17 and 18 wrote House members about a staff report that gives an overview of work aimed at reducing the costs of third-party tests.

Mar 23 2015

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Representatives from ExxonMobil and BASF March 16 argued to CPSC that recent data on phthalates show a downward trend in DEHP exposure.


Mar 23 2015

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CPSC had received 62 comments on its phthalates NPR prior to a unanimous, last-minute decision by commissioners to give a 30-day extension.


Mar 23 2015

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CPSC members March 16 voted 5-0 to grant a request from the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) for a 75-day extension – to June 1 – for comments on the ANPR to address incidents with window covering cords.


Mar 23 2015

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An ASTM F15.17 panel on strollers March 12 clarified tray/grab bar testing position language and reviewed editorial changes.

Mar 23 2015

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CPSC staff and consumer advocates were clearly frustrated March 17 with ASTM work aimed at alternate testing protocol for child-resistant packaging for laundry packets.


Mar 23 2015

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CPSC staffers March 17 gave an overview of proposed changes to provisions for warning labels on children’s folding chairs.


Mar 23 2015

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A 20-mph limit linked to non-use of ROV seatbelts was best accepted by test subjects, according to a contractor report CPSC made available March 13.


Mar 23 2015

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Commissioners voted 5-0 March 18 to incorporate into its rules changes to ASTM’s standard for child-resistant fuel cans.


Mar 23 2015

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People 85 years old and over had the greatest per capita risk of dying in residential fires in 2011, according to data available March 13 from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

Mar 23 2015

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Limits on radiofrequency (RF) exposure in Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 are slightly more restrictive in certain ranges, the agency announced March 13.


Mar 23 2015

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The United Kingdom will review its consumer product recall system, that nation’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills announced March 13.

Mar 23 2015

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) March 16, during Poison Prevention Week, spearheaded an international awareness campaign on the risks associated with laundry packets.

Mar 23 2015

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DG Santé received 174 RAPEX reports in February. That is the same number as in January (PSL, 2/23/15), putting the year-to-date tally at 348.

Mar 23 2015

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The 249 RAPEX reactions by European nations in February take the two-month 2015 tally to 459.

Mar 23 2015

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CPSC Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic March 12 and 17 wrote letters against bills in New Mexico and Utah to allow on-road use of off-road vehicles.

Mar 23 2015

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Briefs on liquid nicotine, regulating regulations, portable bedrails, mattresses, creamer dispensers, residential elevators, yarn, and more.

Mar 23 2015

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Briefs on electric vehicles, heated bedding, heating appliances, massagers, motors, panelboards, photovoltaics, power drive systems, sprinklers, A/V equipment, power cords.

Mar 23 2015

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Briefs on surveillance, Low Voltage Directive, chemicals, baby clothes, portable heaters, punching bags, vacuum cleaners, snowboard bindings, space heaters, sweaters/ponchos, toy xylophones, yarn, flashlights, and more.

FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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.


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?”


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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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President Barack Obama’s March 27 nomination of CPSC Executive Director Elliot Kaye to be the commission’s chairman means that three of five commissioners would be former commission staffers.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Don't Compromise Your Safety in Order to Save Some Money

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks, Alaska)

A while back, I wrote an article considering whether you needed a landline and a cellphone or if one would do.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

Safety Rules Makes Sense for All

Chippewa Herald (Chippewa, Wis.)

There are two ways to get to Marshfield from Lake Hallie.One is taking Highway 29 to Highway 13, then going south.

 

Why Are We Evicting the Amish?

Chippewa Herald (Chippewa, Wis.)

On March 23, Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge Kristina Bourget held Amish defendants in contempt of court for failing to comply with Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC) building permits

 

Court Allows Wisconsin Amish Family to Remain in Home for Now

Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)

The Amish don’t have telephones, so Erick Woods drove 45 minutes to give the Borntregers the news: They won a reprieve Friday from an order to vacate their Wisconsin home after refusing to comply with updated building-code rules for religious reasons.

 

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

 

When It Comes to Kids in Cars, Exceed Legal Standards

Boston Globe (Boston, Mass.)

It seems as though an increasing number of parents are letting kids make the move to the front seat of the car way too soon.

 

 

POOLS, SPAS, ETC.

 

A Florida Father Fights to Turn Pool Tragedy into Legislation

Tampa Bay Times (Tampa, Fla.)

On a warm day last April, exactly one week after his 7th birthday, Calder Sloan plunged into the pool behind his North Miami home.