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Nov 24 2014

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CPSC is slated to hold a decisional meeting December 12 on its draft FY2015 operating plan, made available November 20.


Nov 24 2014

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CPSC, Health Canada and Profeco November 20 in Ottawa held a joint press event to voice commitment to continued bilateral and trilateral surveillance cooperation with toy imports.


Nov 24 2014

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CPSC staffers and others on ASTM F15.71 task groups November 13 and 18 continued work on the scope and packaging requirements language for liquid laundry packets in two conference calls.


Nov 24 2014

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An audible effects test used by CPSC as a first step in gauging fireworks’ explosive power is inconsistent and unreliable, so it should be discontinued, commissioners heard November 19 and 21.


Nov 24 2014

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Representatives of the Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Trade Association (FJATA) November 19 asked Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic about the possibility of CPSC writing a succinct letter in support of ASTM’s children’s jewelry standard.


Nov 24 2014

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CPSC staff and others in a task group for UL 2201, Portable Engine Generator Assemblies, November 13 and 19 discussed streamlined performance and testing requirements and reviewed alternate testing.


Nov 24 2014

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CPSC staff and others on the CANENA UL technical committee 61C on safety requirements for household refrigerators and freezers November 14 completed their initial review of the requirements in an effort to harmonize UL 60335.


Nov 24 2014

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Administrative Judge Dean Metry will not dismiss CPSC’s suit against Zen Magnets seeking to force a recall of its magnetic amusement products.


Nov 24 2014

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CPSC was among the eight product safety agencies identified November 19 in a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on ways to strengthen interagency coordination, especially with overlapping jurisdiction.


Nov 24 2014

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Representatives of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) November 18 said they are watching CPSC’s in-the-works phthalates rulemaking for potential precedents.


Nov 24 2014

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Easing testing burdens associated with phthalates would benefit the jewelry industry, representatives of the Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Trade Association (FJATA) November 19 told Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic.


Nov 24 2014

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CPSC November 14 reported that its costs increased by $8.4 million from fiscal 2013 to fiscal 2014.


Nov 24 2014

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CPSC electrical engineer Arthur Lee November 18 wrote UL to express concern with delays in dealing with changes to household materials and the effects on smoke alarm performance.


Nov 24 2014

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Briefs on imidazolines, ROVs, loom bands, audio recorders, candles, gun bore cleaner, multi-tools, riding mowers, strollers and more.


Nov 24 2014

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Briefs on play surfaces, synthetic turf, building materials, fire standards, heating elements, sprinklers, and more.


Nov 24 2014

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Briefs on drowning, bath appliques, portable pools, disposable lighters, rugs, strollers, diaper covers, and more.


Nov 17 2014

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A dozen industry commenters recently gave CPSC additional input on their concerns about the in-the-works “1110 rule” on electronic certificates of compliance.


Nov 17 2014

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CPSC staff November 4 told the commission about plans to host a gathering of technical experts at the agency’s Rockville, Md., lab aimed at jumpstarting ASTM work on adult portable bed rails.


Nov 17 2014

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Target November 6 held numerous meetings with CPSC staff and commissioners to explain its forthcoming Facebook app on recalls.


Nov 17 2014

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CPSC staffers and other members of a task group for UL 1026, Electric Household Cooking and Food Serving Appliances, November 12 reviewed provisions for outdoor use of slow cookers.


Nov 17 2014

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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) November 12 circulated information about a program aimed at improving the data entered by fire departments into the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).


Nov 17 2014

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An ASTM D20.70 task group November 10 debated if specifying CAS numbers in an in-the-works standard guide would increase or decrease work, costs, and time by those doing testing.


Nov 17 2014

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An ASTM F15.18 task group on changing tables October 7 decided to look at potential tests to address collapsing products.


Nov 17 2014

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An ASTM F15.71 task group on laundry packets October 11 identified phrases that will need defining for work on safety closures.


Nov 17 2014

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Members of the ASTM 15.51 task force on suction limited gravity flow systems for pool and spa drains November 6 reviewed specifics of updated test apparatus.


Nov 17 2014

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Four Democratic senators November 12 called on CPSC to mandate nationally California’s TB 117-2013 standard on upholstered furniture flammability.


Nov 17 2014

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California’s Department of Consumer Affairs is distributing an industry advisory and frequently asked questions (FAQ) document to help companies comply with the state’s new right-to-know law on flame retardant (FR) chemicals in upholstered furniture.


Nov 17 2014

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The U.K. safety organization Electrical Safety First November 13 made eight recommendations aimed at improving recall effectiveness.


Nov 17 2014

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) November 14 completed a five-week consultation to seek more information on button cell batteries.


Nov 17 2014

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The World Health Organization (WHO) November 12 issued guidelines aimed at reducing indoor air risks created by fuel-burning appliances.


Nov 17 2014

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Child-resistant closures and compliance with harmonized classification and labeling mandates will be upcoming targets of a REACH surveillance project announced November 14 by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).


Nov 17 2014

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EU Enterprise and Industry through December 18 will be conducting a survey on implementing the Construction Products Regulation. It is aiming to report on the results in April.


Nov 17 2014

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Briefs on portable generators, pools, residential elevators, air purifiers, household chemicals, air exchangers, buoyancy compensators, misting fans, tankless water heaters, whistles, and more.


Nov 17 2014

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Briefs on amusement rides, bumper boats, children’s chairs, fitness equipment, smoke tests, toys, and more


Nov 17 2014

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Briefs on Magnetix, outdoor heaters, ethanol burners, boilers, inflatable spas, LED lights, air exchangers, tights, baby swings, doll houses, 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?”


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?


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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.


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Product Safety Daily will not appear November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. It will return November 28.

 

 

GENERAL INTEREST

 

Government Approaches to Risk Often Overblown

Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia)

Canberra's Mr Fluffy disaster reminds us how very bad governments can be at managing risk.

 

Does Tort System Make America Safer? Lanier Rebuts 'Blame the Lawyers' Prof

Reuters (New York, N.Y.)

Mark Lanier, one of the most successful trial lawyers of the past quarter century – and also a Texan – isn’t the type to roll over for adversaries.

 

White House Unveils Regulatory Roadmap

The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

The White House unveiled its semiannual regulatory agenda on Friday afternoon, detailing the rules that federal agencies will make top priorities in the next year.

 

 

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.

The Challenge of Keeping Hazardous Consumer Products off the Market

University of Pennsylvania

According to a recent report by Congress’s independent watchdog agency, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), American consumers may face unwarranted risks of death or injury from some of the products they buy.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

Banks Offering Support to ACT Asbestos Victims

Australian Broadcasting Corp. (Sydney, Australia)

Five banks have offered support for Canberrans dealing with Mr Fluffy asbestos contamination in their homes, including flexible loan arrangements, fee waivers and a range of other measures.

 

First Valuations of Mr Fluffy Asbestos Homes Begin

The Age (Melbourne, Australia)

The first valuation of a Fluffy home was delivered to officials this week, with plans to get through as many as 800 valuations - two for each of 400 homes - by Christmas.