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Aug 03 2015

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Representatives from the Power Tool Institute (PTI) July 23 shared concerns on incident data interpretation and provided updates on the state of injury mitigation systems in standards with Chairman Elliot Kaye’s staff and Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic.


Aug 03 2015

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CPSC July 29 made available an updated petition from Keeping Babies Safe (KBS) to ban supplemental mattresses for play yards with non-rigid sides.


Aug 03 2015

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CPSC staff is recommending four areas of change in a Section 104 switch of ASTM’s F2670-13, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Tubs.


Aug 03 2015

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High variability in test results for pressure gates sold as safe for use at the tops of stairs prompted discussion July 29 by an ASTM F15.16 panel on whether tests are sufficient and reflective of real-world use.


Aug 03 2015

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A task group looking at UL 2201, Portable Engine Generator Assemblies, July 29 heard about the way deadly CO concentrations from gasoline engines can accumulate in less than one minute.


Aug 03 2015

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Members of the CANENA technical committee July 30 addressed 18 comments on UL 60335-2-24, Standard for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, Part 2: Particular Requirements for Refrigerating Appliances, Ice-Cream Makers and Ice-Makers.


Aug 03 2015

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Comment by 60 days after an upcoming Federal Register publication on a petition for CPSC to determine that a technology qualifies as an anti-entrapment system under the Virginia Graeme Baker pool law.


Aug 03 2015

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An ASTM F15.28 pool/spa gravity flow task group July 23 discussed and refined testing apparatus during a teleconference.


Aug 03 2015

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) July 29 offered seven best practices for federal agencies doing strategic reviews of their activities.

Aug 03 2015

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The European Commission July 22 published a report, Public Consultation on Defining Criteria for Identifying Endocrine Disruptors.


Aug 03 2015

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Health Canada July 25 spelled out a dozen specifications that cribs, cradles, and bassinets must meet under updated regulations.


Aug 03 2015

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Environment Canada July 25 notified manufacturers to report on potential toxicity of three substance classes.


Aug 03 2015

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) July 22 made available two updates to its Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessments.


Aug 03 2015

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House members July 28 voted 166-243 to reject an amendment to exempt products intended for children under age 2 from H.R. 427.


Aug 03 2015

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Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle was the negative vote in the 4-1 decision to accept a reporting settlement from LG.


Aug 03 2015

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All nine commenters on a CPSC notice of proposed rulemaking for architectural glazing urged the commission to account for updates to the referenced voluntary standard.


Aug 03 2015

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Briefs on imitation firearms, regulations, extension cords, seniors, garage doors, carpets and rugs, coal/wood appliances, baseball masks, dry-erase boards, and more


Aug 03 2015

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Briefs on cigarette ignition, gates/enclosures, playground equipment, smoke toxicity, toys, fire tests, and more.


Aug 03 2015

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Briefs on cosmetic lenses, biocides, machinery & TTIP, electric blankets, strollers, wall ovens, bicycle forks, fire blankets, and more.


Jul 27 2015

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Comment by August 17 on CPSC’s direct final rule exempting unfinished and untreated trunk wood in toys from third-party testing for seven heavy metals.


Jul 27 2015

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LG agreed to pay $1.825 million and set up a compliance program to settle allegations that it was slow to report overheating problems with dehumidifier motors, CPSC announced July 22.


Jul 27 2015

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There were some 1,700 fatal residential fires a year from 2011 to 2013, according to a July 15 report from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).


Jul 27 2015

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Kids in Danger (KID) July 14 recommended CPSC take three steps related to the safety of pacifiers and associated products.


Jul 27 2015

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye's staff July 20 heard information on research on risks associated with artificial turf and crumb rubber during a teleconference with representatives from FieldTurf.


Jul 27 2015

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An ASTM F15.16 working group on highchairs July 15 reviewed recommendations and discussed CPSC comments.


Jul 27 2015

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Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) July 22 explained three broad criteria it will use in assessing whether it will accept international standards for showing safety compliance.


Jul 27 2015

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Briefs on chests/dressers, extension cords, chemicals, bicycle pedals, blowers/vacs, digital cameras, bistro chairs, pressure cookers, cribs, and more.


Jul 27 2015

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Briefs on amusement rides, headgear, insulation, perimeter barriers, shopping cards, smoke generation, sports goggles, surface burning and more.


Jul 27 2015

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Briefs on surveillance, animal tests, biomonitoring, toy weapons, building material, bicycle forks, mountain bikes, chargers, air purifiers, nightlights, tillers, lamps, and more.


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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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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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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Can Chinese Companies Recover after Asbestos Is Found in Toys?

Australia Business Review (Sydney, Australia)

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Global Healthcare (Sydney Australia)

Not even toys are safe anymore.

 

 

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Does CPSC or FDA Have Jurisdiction Over Your Consumer Product?

Mintz Levin

As our readers know, we write about legal developments that affect companies involved in manufacturing, importing, distributing, and/or selling “consumer products.”

 

 

LEAD

 

New Requirements Needed on Lead Paint

Boston Globe (Boston, Mass.)

Levels of lead poisoning in children remain at disturbing levels in Massachusetts, a discouraging fact given increased general awareness and the remediation options available to property owners.