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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.

Oct 13 2014

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CPSC Compliance Deputy Director Marc Schoem, in an October 1 letter, addressed four issues raised by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) concerning changes to the agency’s monthly recall progress reporting forms.

Oct 13 2014

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The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) October 7 shared basic aspects of a proposed test on electric coil element cooktops with the panel for UL 858.


Oct 13 2014

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Six consumer groups October 6 updated Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic on their views and desires for CPSC activity.


Oct 13 2014

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The ASTM F15 panel looking at torch fuel and lamp oil October 8 discussed opacity, resin and color of storage packaging.


Oct 13 2014

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A UL 2201 task group October 7 continued to attempt to figure out an appropriate test method for portable generators.


Oct 13 2014

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The ASTM F15 task group looking at safe packaging for laundry pods October 7 continued to struggle with their approach.


Oct 13 2014

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The Danish Environmental Protection Agency last summer said the nation could not maintain its national ban on four phthalates in certain indoor articles, which was set to come into force in December 2015.


Oct 13 2014

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The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) recently released a new version of ISO 8124-2:2014, Safety of Toys – Part 2: Flammability.


Oct 13 2014

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The European Commission and the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) will be considering comments on the preliminary opinion on chromium VI in toys.


Oct 13 2014

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Seasonal decorative lights have elements that would allow possible 15(j) action, according to an October 2 CPSC staff briefing package.

Oct 13 2014

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CPSC October 8 issued a new mission statement for its small business ombudsman addressing 19 activities.


Oct 13 2014

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Briefs on window cords, chemical data, ATVs, lopper shears, and more.


Oct 13 2014

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Briefs on parasailing, eye protection, button batteries, landscape lighting, gas torches, smoke detectors, and more.


Oct 13 2014

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Briefs on counterfeits, radiofrequency, baby walkers, food smokers, rubber band looms, and more.

FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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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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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.


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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 DAILY NEWS

GENERAL INTEREST

 

Rubber Ducks Can Kill Your Sex Drive, Research Finds

Telegraph (London, England)

Rubber ducks, shower curtains and fast food could be preventing women becoming mothers because they contain chemicals which damage sex drive, a new study suggests.

 

Chemicals in Plastic are Making Women Less Interested in Sex

Daily Mail (London, England)

Chemicals found in PVC flooring, plastic shower curtains, processed food and other trappings of modern life may be sapping women’s interest in sex.

 

 

BLOGS

 

We include some blogs because the contents may be informative or interesting to readers of Product Safety Daily. Inclusion is neither an endorsement by PSL of any products, services or positions nor an indication of any arrangement, financial or otherwise, between PSL and the writers of the blogs.

Government Immorally Bans Magnet Spheres; Shihan Qu Vows to Fight

Objective Standard

“On September 24, the CPSC [Consumer Product Safety Commission] commissioners voted 4-0 to ban small, high-powered magnets,” Melanie Asmar reports for Westword.

 

Federal Regulators' War on Toys Strangles Businesses

Human Events

Almost exclusively marketed to adults, such products contain small magnetic objects intended to be used as puzzles, sculpture building sets, and stress relievers.

 

 

ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES

 

Fitbit Says It Will Make Changes to Address Complaints about Allergic Reactions

New York Times (New York, N.Y.)

After withdrawing some of its activity-tracking wristbands from store shelves in February, Fitbit says another version of its wearable devices will not suffer the same fate.

 

UK Study: 6% Of Respondents Damage Homes After Following Internet DIY Advice

Tubefilter (Los Angeles, Calif.)

If you’re doing work around the house and need to learn how to accomplish a particular task.

 

 

MAGNETS

 

Federal Rule Restricts Sale of High-Powered Magnets Over Choking Hazard

WMAQ (Chicago, Ill.)

The death of 19-month-old Annaka Chaffin was not the first death connected to high-powered magnets, but it may be the last if a new federal rule just passed has its intended effect.