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Oct 27 2014

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic last month fulfilled a request from Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) to explain their plans for reducing the burdens of third party testing.


Oct 27 2014

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CPSC staff October 22 talked with representatives of Consumer Reports about how the magazine communicates with CPSC in its product safety work.


Oct 27 2014

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A flurry of activity in late October – including an October 22 commission-briefing lasting more than three hours – preceded the still-scheduled October 29 CPSC vote on publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) on recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).


Oct 27 2014

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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recently recommended four strategies for nanotechnology safety.


Oct 27 2014

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CPSC staff October 16 shared feedback on a proposed generator test method with members of a subgroup for UL 2201, Portable Engine Generator Assemblies.

Oct 27 2014

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Kids in Danger (KID) is making suggestions for Illinois childcare providers to strengthen safety through increased education, recall notification, scrutiny of secondhand products, and state oversight funding.

Oct 27 2014

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Pediatric poisoning deaths decreased to 37 in 2011, down 83% from 216 in 1972, according to a report CPSC made available October 16.


Oct 27 2014

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Health Canada October 18 said it will seek to regulate decorative contact lenses as medical devices.


Oct 27 2014

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EU Enterprise and Industry October 17 criticized Germany’s for its application of requirements aimed at limiting arsenic, mercury, and antimony in toys.


Oct 27 2014

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission October 21 issued a guidance chart aimed at aiding companies’ understanding of two chemical limits for clothing, textiles, and leather goods.


Oct 27 2014

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Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) October 17 told CPSC that the chronic hazard advisory panel (CHAP) went beyond the congressional intent.


Oct 27 2014

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Briefs on seasonal lights, recall progress reports, ATVs, and more.


Oct 27 2014

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Briefs on cigarette ignitions, wallcoverings, synthetic turf, air conditioners, air ducts, appliance wiring, burglar alarms, power tools, and more.


Oct 27 2014

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Briefs on second-hand goods, phthalates, cosmetics, apple cutters, pajamas, feather boas, magnets, solar lights, and more.

Oct 20 2014

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Making no recommendations, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) October 14 identified four ideas that are circulating as options to improve CPSC’s response to new and emerging hazards.


Oct 20 2014

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Chairman Elliot Kaye and CPSC staffers October 15 staff heard concerns from Keeping Babies Safe (KBS) about supplemental mattresses and offered advice on educational and political outreach.


Oct 20 2014

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CPSC received 188 comments on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) on sling carriers.


Oct 20 2014

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The CANENA UL Technical Committee 61C on requirements for household refrigerators and freezers October 10 continued efforts to harmonize UL 60335, Safety of Household and Similar Electrical Appliances.


Oct 20 2014

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CPSC’s Perry Sharpless October 9 shared concerns that the ASTM F15.51 gravity task force was straying from their main objective as well as related CPSC staff comments on the equipment and test program during a conference call.


Oct 20 2014

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A UL 1026 task group on rice and slow cookers October 15 made a few final tweak to a warning label aimed at protecting against cord pull incidents.

Oct 20 2014

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The European Commission through the end of January will be accepting comments on a consultation aimed at the interaction between patents and standards.


Oct 20 2014

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) October 13 said it created online tools for companies needing to register low volume substances.

Oct 20 2014

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Briefs on folding tables, ROVs, toy toasters, TV wall mounts, and more.


Oct 20 2014

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Briefs on vacuum cleaners, smoke release, chemical emissions, fuses, LP gas, plastic parts, building material, generators, and more.


Oct 20 2014

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Briefs on RAPEX, car seats, cribs, light fittings, novelty toys, cooker hoods, toy phones, and more.

FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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?”


Free Story

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.


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.


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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.


Free Story

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.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Group Uses Duck to Push for Chemical Safety

WABI (Bangor, Maine)

A 25 foot inflatable duck was the backdrop for a group of protesters in Broadway Park today.

 

Chemical safety advocacy group protests against LePage in Bangor

Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine)

The 25-foot-long inflatable yellow duck in Broadway Park caused the driver of school bus No. 516 to slow down Tuesday morning to allow the students onboard to see the mega-sized bath toy that has become a symbol of the chemical safety reform movement.

 

 

ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES

 

This Is Not a Drill: How to Store Batteries So They Don't Burn Down Your Home

Glamour (New York, N.Y.)

Organizing your junk drawer is stupid, IMO.

 

 

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Judge Recommends Space Heaters Be Banned from Hotels

Bonnyville Nouvelle (Bonnyville, Alberta)

An investigation into a fatal fire at the Bonnyville Hotel in 2010 has resulted in a Alberta judge recommending portable space heaters be banned from all hotels and motels in the province.