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JULY 21, 2014
VOLUME 43   ISSUE 29

 

PREMIUM CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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CSPC’s July 14 warned manufacturers, importers, and retailers of holiday lights and related decorations that they are responsible to follow UL standards for such products.


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The UL 1026 task group on slow cookers and rice cookers July 16 refined language and artwork for proposed warning labels.


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The ASTM task group developing drain entrapment test for pools July 10 developed a prototype model for measuring the eccentricity of a body’s removal effort from pool drain entrapment scenarios.


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The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) recently identified an opportunity to reduce third-party testing burdens by way of a determination on prints.


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The Maine Department of Environmental Protection July 9 proposed that four phthalates be designated priority chemicals under its chemical reporting requirements.


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Consumer Federation of American (CFA) and Public Citizen July 16 both put their support behind the “Hide No Harm” bill.


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Briefs on Buckyballs, baby slings, CPSC leaders, CPSC funding, recalls, E-cigarettes, BPA, EPA, and more.


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Briefs on candles, capacitors, folding tables, panelboards, smoke alarms, plastic flammability, and more.


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Briefs on shoes, utility vehicles, bracelets, cribs, pajamas, and more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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 Story

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.


Free Story

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.


Free Story

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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BKC Group and Oberle Communication on January 13 launched Product Safety On-Demand. This innovative, affordable research service provides quick turnaround on discrete questions by product safety professionals. Its goal is personalized and confidential answers for manufacturers, retailers, attorneys, testing labs, consumer groups and others.


Free Story

If you read NBC News’ website, you might think that CPSC staffers are suddenly focused on gasoline containers and flame arrestors or even that CPSC is reversing course on the matter and issuing proclamations to industry.


Don Mays

Recent civil penalty agreements between the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and two separate companies included provisions that will require the companies to implement robust improvements to their internal controls and compliance systems. But now it appears that those requirements may also apply to companies embroiled in voluntary recall actions, not just civil penalties.


Free Story

I sometimes forget that those of us who work around the federal government sometimes take for granted practices that may not be obvious.


Free Story

During the shutdown I’ve often wished that we Americans treated our federal workers better. My concern is less moral or ideological and more practical. Can CPSC – or any federal agency – continue to retain and attract good workers if the present political situation continues?


FREE DAILY NEWS

BIKES, SKATES, SCOOTERS, ETC.

 

New Orleans Bicycle Nation Blocks Intersection. Protests for Safety Upgrades

WGNO (New Orleans, La.)

Angry bicyclists from around the Bywater and Marigny came together and blocked the intersection where a bicyclist was killed the day before.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

Lawyer Wants Consumer Commission to Require Escape Latches on Hurricane Shutters

Palm Beach Post (Palm Beach, Fla.)

Esther Mibab, 66, felt nervous in her home in The Acreage.

 

Secret Research Conducted into Asbestos Disease

Lawyers and Settlements (Santa Cruz, Calif.)

Secret research into the risk of developing an asbestos disease such as asbestosis might sound like the stuff of a movie, but according to a report from The Center for Public Integrity, one company did just that.

 

 

JUVENILE PRODUCTS & CHILDCARE ITEMS

 

Co-Sleeping Infant Deaths on the Rise

WFAA (Dallas, Texas)

Some parents prefer the closeness of sleeping with their infant during naps and through the night; often called co-sleeping, bed sharing or family bed.