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Jul 25 2016

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Robert Adler July 20 jointly addressed six issues related to concerns with the agency's civil penalty activities.


Jul 25 2016

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Comment by August 29 on a proposal by California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to list certain children's sleeping products as priority products under its Safer Consumer Products program.


Jul 25 2016

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CPSC staffers July 11 told the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) that they will not urge changes to the group's B71.10 standard to address stress cracks and seam splits on fuel tanks.

Jul 25 2016

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ASTM's F15.71 panel on laundry packets July 20 got updates on the status of data availability and heard about a CPSC brainstorm for periodically reviewing such information.


Jul 25 2016

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Health Canada July 15 reported that it received 451 health and safety reports on consumer products during the quarter that ended March 31.


Jul 25 2016

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Briefs on CPSC videos, children's jewelry, clog remover, dressers/nightstands, floor lamps, and more.


Jul 25 2016

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Briefs on bouncers, inclined sleep products, water slides, bathing facilities, changing tables, and more.


Jul 25 2016

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Briefs on hoverboards, construction products, animal tests, electric blankets, emergency pendants, pacifier clips, power boards, and more.


Jul 11 2016

Product Safety Letter will not have a July 18, 2016, edition due to its schedule of 48 issues per year.

The next issue, Vol. 45, No. 28, will be dated July 25, 2016.


Jul 11 2016

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CPSC July 6 announced the recalls of roughly half a million hoverboards by 10 companies.

Jul 11 2016

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CPSC's potentially lowered budget in fiscal 2017 put it among agencies cited in a White House message to Congress opposing passage of HR 5485 and threatening to veto it.


Jul 11 2016

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EPA June 30 explained its plans for transitioning from the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Jul 11 2016

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CPSC knows of 27 poisoning deaths in 2013 among children younger than 5 years, according to data the agency made available June 30.


Jul 11 2016

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The Vermont Department of Health July 1 opened its online reporting system, a year before the July 2017 reporting deadline.

Jul 11 2016

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The Illinois Attorney General office June 30 urged consumers to be careful about recalled items when buying second hand items, especially online.


Jul 11 2016

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Health Canada's new regulation on cribs, cradles and bassinets will become effective December 29.


Jul 11 2016

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An EC contractor report made available June 30 reviews various options for identifying endocrine disrupters.


Jul 11 2016

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Briefs on hand sanitizers, third party labs, BPA, vinyl floors, electric scooters, hoverboards, and more.


Jul 11 2016

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Briefs on building material, caulks/sealants, fire tests, airsoft guns, bassinets, and more.


Jul 11 2016

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Briefs on surveillance, eye/skin irritants, bike helmets, rugs, socks, space heaters, sports equipment, and more.


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Whether it’s a popular toy, a cutting-edge gadget, or an advanced appliance, exciting new products that hit the market frequently create a buying frenzy.


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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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GENERAL INTEREST

 

10 Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products the EPA Should Regulate Now

Treehugger (New York, N.Y.)

The new chemical safety law prompts EWG to list the highest-priority toxic chemicals that desperately need review.

 

About 10,000 Prosecuted for Counterfeiting in China

Xinhua (Beijing, China)

Around 10,000 people were charged with producing counterfeit products in the first half of this year, said Vice Premier Wang Yang Monday.

 

 

AMUSEMENT RIDES

 

Regulations for Amusement Park Rides Differs by State

KMBC (Kansas City, Mo.)

When it come to regulations for amusement park rides, there's no uniformity.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

World Rings Asbestos Alarm, India Ignorant about Cancer-Causing Agent

Times of India (Mumbai, India)

Even as environmental protection agencies across the world are pushing for a complete ban on usage of asbestos in auto parts that put millions of auto technicians, repair mechanics and commuters at risk of contracting fatal diseases, India's environment ministry has claimed to be unaware of the problem in absence of any specific study on the issue.

 

Recycling Raised as Asbestos Risk

Perth Now (Perth, WA, Australia)

A push to recycle construction and demolition waste has created another asbestos hazard.

 

 

TOYS

 

ACCC Hasn't Tested for Asbestos in Crayons since Traces Found Last Year

Latrobe Valley Express (Morwell, Victoria, Australia)

The consumer watchdog has not conducted any further testing for asbestos in crayons since revealing traces had been found in some products more than 10 months ago.