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Feb 08 2016

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CPSC's draft 2016-2020 strategic plan, made available February 4, includes four broad areas where the agency will seek to make progress over the next five years.


Feb 08 2016

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Good communication with CPSC was a recurring theme in Chairman Elliot Kaye's February 3 talk before members of the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA) at the group's Washington D.C. conference.


Feb 08 2016

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CPSC members January 4 spoke to members of the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA), frequently urging industry to reach out to their offices and otherwise to keep them informed about needs and concerns.


Feb 08 2016

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Commercial units, warnings, and stability got the most attention in comments to CPSC's Section 104 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for highchairs.


Feb 08 2016

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Comments leaned negative on a petition that asked CPSC to require point-of-sale labels to give information on slip resistance for floor covering.


Feb 08 2016

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There were an estimated 93,700 injuries involving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in 2014, according to data that CPSC made available January 29.


Feb 08 2016

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CPSC had 199 Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) requests pending at the end of fiscal 2015, according to the agency's annual report made available January 29.


Feb 08 2016

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The three ASTM F15.20 work teams on infant bathtub accessories January 28 discussed their projects.


Feb 08 2016

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The General Court of the European Union in December concluded that the EC had breached its “clear, precise and unconditional obligation” under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) to adopt criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Feb 08 2016

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Briefs on CPSC oversight, fire sprinklers, artificial turf, voluntary standards, formaldehyde, third-party testing, bouncers, dive computers, fan heaters, musical instruments, power cords, and more.

Feb 08 2016

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Briefs on hoverboards, amusement rides, A/V equipment, appliances, coin changers, electric controls, fans, fire doors, and more.

Feb 08 2016

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Briefs on adapters, hoverboards, lighting, toys, barbecue grills, bean bag chairs, fan heaters, rattles, shower rugs, and more.

Feb 01 2016

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Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve and publish a final rule to let staff vote and take leadership positions in voluntary standards development.


Feb 01 2016

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Much of the discussion at the January 27 meeting of the ASTM ad hoc panel on warning language and format focused on frustrations and concerns about related CPSC activity.

Feb 01 2016
Commissioners were slated to vote by ballot as PSL went to press on publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise rules on adjudicative proceedings at 16 CFR 1025.

Feb 01 2016

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Test variances and choosing correct tests were the targets of a Lab Bulletin CPSC issued January 22 on children's sleepwear.


Feb 01 2016

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) January 22 explained that it will work more with third-party service providers as part of its anti-counterfeiting efforts.


Feb 01 2016

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) January 27 said its Chicago office seized 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards valued at more than $6 million.


Feb 01 2016

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General consumer goods were the plurality of recalls handled by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) in July to September 2015.


Feb 01 2016

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Health Canada January 22 said that during the quarter ran July through September last year it received 434 reports on health and safety concerns about consumer products and cosmetics.


Feb 01 2016

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The European Parliament January 20 approved updates to EU legislation on personal protective equipment (PPE), gas appliances and their fittings, and cableway installations.


Feb 01 2016

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) January 27 said that dossiers involving 300 substances are on its shortlist for likely upcoming reviews.


Feb 01 2016

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) January 25 warned that its online REACH-IT tool will start rejecting submissions outside the main joint registrations.


Feb 01 2016

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published an updated version of its guidance document on substances in articles.


Feb 01 2016

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The EC's DG Health and Food Safety is asking for comments by March 21 on a preliminary opinion that there is no safe limit for ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure via sunbed use.


Feb 01 2016

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Briefs on liquid nicotine, lead paint, recalls, charging stations, cookware, lamps, shower rugs, solar panels, and more.


Feb 01 2016

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Briefs on small businesses, fire codes, changing tables, wall covering, alcohol burners, circuit breakers, cylinder valves, doors/gates, fire extinguishers, fire pumps, and more.


Feb 01 2016

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Briefs on chemicals, clothes, dryers, cribs, hoverboards, portable cribs, power cords, strollers, water bottles, and more.


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In 2007, news reports that consumer products, particularly those used by children, were unsafe, defective, and not meeting industry voluntary standards sent shock waves throughout the consumer product global marketplace. The intense news coverage on these products galvanized parents, consumer and child advocates, and state and federal officials to examine the regulatory system for consumer product protection in the United States.


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CPSC’s Marc Schoem October 2 will leave the agency to become executive director of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPSHO).


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I first met Mike Lemov 42 years ago when I arrived in Washington, D.C. to serve as a special assistant to David Pittle, one of the original five CPSC Commissioners. Mike was then Chief Counsel to a subcommittee on the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, and one of the legislative architects of the Consumer Product Safety Act.


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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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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Doubts Raised About Chemical Stew in Fragrances Used in Consumer Products

Fair Warning (Encino, Calif.)

For Joyce Miller, one sniff of scented laundry detergent can trigger an asthma attack.

 

 

BIKES, SKATES, SCOOTERS, ETC.

 

The Wild West of Exploding Hoverboards May Soon Come to an End

Wired (New York, N.Y.)

Maybe you’ve been holding off buying a hoverboard because you’re afraid it’ll catch fire and burn down your house.

 

Look For This Symbol on Your Hoverboard So You Can Be Sure It Won't Explode

Gizmodo (Houston, Texas)

Exploding hoverboards have gone from being an occasional mishap to a fairly regular occurrence.

 

 

FURNITURE

 

Casey Weighs New Law to Stem Tip-Over Accidents

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Citing reports of deadly tip-over accidents, Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. said Wednesday that he was preparing to introduce legislation that could require manufacturers to make their furniture more stable.