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Aug 25 2014

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ExxonMobil representatives August 14 expressed disagreement with the methodology, data, and conclusions of the phthalates report by CPSC’s Chronic Hazard Advisory Committee (CHAP).


Aug 25 2014

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Members of ASTM’s battery-operated toys working group August 14 and 20 addressed ejection hazards, the standard’s rationale, battery charging/discharging testing issues, and editorial comments.


Aug 25 2014

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A CPSC staff report made available August 15 urges consideration of six issues when designing electric heaters with proximity sensors.


Aug 25 2014

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Briefs on hair dryers, drawstrings, car seats, cribs, snowmobiles, space heaters, storage hangars, synthetic ox gall, water bottles, and more.

Aug 25 2014

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Briefs on carriages and strollers, jewelry, playground equipment, playing turf, fire standards, currency changers, electric signs, gas regulators, vending machines, capacitors, fluorescent lamps, oil heaters, and more.

Aug 25 2014

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Briefs on mercury, phthalates, nightwear, candles, heated towel rails, cribs, bicycles, bathmats, power strips, flashlights, strollers, toasters, and more.

Aug 18 2014

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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.


Aug 18 2014

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CPSC staff in late July suggested that work on the strangulation risks associated with window covering cords should be moving more quickly and more comprehensively.


Aug 18 2014

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Commissioners were slated as PSL went to press to vote by ballot on a staff recommendation to deny a 2004 petition on candles by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM).

Aug 18 2014

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he Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) urged the commission to pass a Section 104 switch proposal while praising the voluntary standards process that led to agreement between agency staff and an ASTM panel.


Aug 18 2014

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CPSC staff said will consider in its own work recent research by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into carbon monoxide (CO) emissions by portable generators.


Aug 18 2014

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The ASTM pool drain task group developing new tests for pool drain entrapment August 7 worked to refine a draft test plan for testing entrapment with live human subjects.


Aug 18 2014

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The ASTM battery-operated toys working group August 7 and 13 addressed negative comments on temperature limits, short circuit protection testing, simulated fault conditions, safety labeling requirements, and flammable gas emission testing.

Aug 18 2014

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A large majority of fatal fires involving college students occurs in off-campus facilities, according to data made available August 11 from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

Aug 18 2014

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Health Canada is slated this fall and winter to seek public comments on four product areas: general lead, children’s jewelry, cribs, and playpens.


Aug 18 2014

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The volume of products detained by EU customs official for both suspicion of intellectual property violations and health and safety risks roughly doubled between 2012 and 2013.


Aug 18 2014

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Building materials, sports/recreation equipment and furniture were the top products associated with injuries in 2010 to 2012, according to data recently made available from DG.


Aug 18 2014

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The department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) needs to do more to act on a consensus process for updating construction and safety standards for manufactured homes.

Aug 18 2014

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through September 22 is seeking comments on methodology used to assess exposure and health effects from lead exposure.


Aug 18 2014

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Briefs on CPSC website, bikes, candles, children’s sweaters, nightstands, smoke alarms, stirrup leathers, portable generators.

Aug 18 2014

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Briefs on amusement rides, smoke release, combination ovens, convection ovens.


Aug 18 2014

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Briefs on window cords, show bags, cribs, sofa covers, smoke detectors, nightstands, dehumidifiers, personal watercraft, and more.

FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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.


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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.


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.


Free Story

I sometimes forget that those of us who work around the federal government sometimes take for granted practices that may not be obvious.


FREE DAILY NEWS

AMUSEMENT RIDES

 

Risky Rides: Carnival Workers' Grueling Hours May Threaten Safety

NBC News (New York, N.Y.)

As summer temperatures rise, carnivals and county fairs pop up in small towns across the United States.

 

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

 

Program Sends Used Car Seats to Mexico

Arizona Daily News (Tucson, Ariz.)

Arizona firefighters recently delivered more than 140 gently used car seats to impoverished families in Sonora as part of a growing philanthropic effort.

 

 

ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS AND DEVICES

 

Counterfeit Electronics Can Be 'Highly Dangerous'

CBC (Toronto, Ontario)

Counterfeit electrical equipment can be tempting for budget-friendly post-secondary students heading back to school in the fall, but the dodgy purchases can pose a serious fire danger.

 

 

FIRE SAFETY

 

NJ Warns Teens Not to Set Themselves on Fire

Gothamist (New York, N.Y.)

The state of New Jersey has been forced to issue an emergency bulletin reminding teenagers that lighting oneself on fire, while extremely cool and hip, will ultimately end in sadness, severe disfigurement and possibly death.

 

 

FURNITURE

 

UK in Bid to Overhaul Furniture Fire Standards

European Plastics News (London, England)

The UK Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS) consultation on furniture fire safety aims to tackle a growing health concern around flame retardants and drive chemical innovation in industry.