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Aug 31 2015

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Commissioners are slated to vote by September 1 on a Federal Register notice to withdraw the direct final rule (DFR) on wood testing.


Aug 31 2015

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CPSC should forgo its “unreasonably high” “zero-risk” standard when seeking to reduce the burdens of phthalate and heavy-metal testing, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) said.


Aug 31 2015

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There is a 94% probability that passengers will be wearing seatbelts when drivers of recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) do so, according to a contractor study CPSC made available earlier in August.


Aug 31 2015

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Smoke detector nuisance alarms could be “greatly reduced” via an advanced chemical detection technical method, according to an August 26 report.


Aug 31 2015

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There were an estimated 372,900 residential building fires annually from 2011 to 2013, and the same years saw about 241,700 one/two-family dwelling fires and 106,000 multifamily building fires.


Aug 31 2015

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Whether children’s chairs have arm supports or create containment similar to armed chairs now is the focus of an ASTM F15.59 panel looking at sideways stability.


Aug 31 2015

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Differences among portable generators and resulting issues continue to cause much discussion among members of a UL task panel tasked with looking at emission test methods.


Aug 31 2015

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An ASTM F15 task group looking at infant floor seats August 27 continued its work on updating the draft standard, discussing side height requirements and warning statements.

Aug 31 2015

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The EU is looking at how its REACH system affects small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with results slated for release in September.


Aug 31 2015

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Funding for a pilot project on the safety of products purchased online is slated to be among the topics at a September 3 session of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO).


Aug 31 2015

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CPSC and Europe’s Directorate General Enterprise and Industry are conducting free training sessions in China in the first half of September.


Aug 31 2015

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Briefs on indoor air, bicycles, crampons, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, lighting, paintball markers, rotary tools, and more.


Aug 31 2015

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Briefs on chairs, climbing nets, fire tests, mattresses, upholstered furniture, and more.


Aug 31 2015

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Briefs on cribs, electrical products, bicycles, chargers, flashlights, scales, women’s tops, crampons, nightlights, and more.


Aug 24 2015

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CPSC will be focusing on a tighter set of priority data elements under the e-filing pilot approved 4-1.


Aug 24 2015

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CPSC’s August 14 settlement with Johnson Health Tech to pay $3 million over Section 15 reporting allegations pushed the average penalty in fiscal 2015 to $2.625 million and the total to $21 million.


Aug 24 2015

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The eight comments on CPSC staff’s analysis of newer phthalates data fell along predictable lines with both sides suggesting the work bolstered their cases.


Aug 24 2015

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CPSC received just four comments – none from major stakeholders – on its direct final rule to exempt certain wood from toy testing.


Aug 24 2015

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The ASTM F15.20 task group for infant tubs August 19 sought to reconcile revisions to the labeling/warnings and instructions sections of the voluntary standard with differences in CPSC’s NPR issued on August 14.


Aug 24 2015

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The ASTM F15.59 subcommittee August 12 debated the possibility of excluding folding chairs from potential sideways stability provisions in F2613.

Aug 24 2015

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The UL 2201 emissions test procedure subgroup August 12 reviewed comments from Techtronic Industries North America (TTI) on its existing proposed test method as well as a new test method from Honda representatives.


Aug 24 2015

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ASTM’S F15.51 pool/spa gravity task group August 6 reviewed an updated actuator loading mechanism diagram.


Aug 24 2015

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EU science committees for product safety will have more flexibility in getting outside advice under an August European Commission decision.


Aug 24 2015

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French differences from European Chemicals Agency guidelines on consumer notification under REACH create addition costs in three areas, according to an August 14 contractor study.


Aug 24 2015

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RAPEX notices in the EU continued their slowdown from recent years with the 170 received in July.

Aug 24 2015

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EU RAPEX reactions are running 18% above the 2014 volume with the 274 received in July.


Aug 24 2015

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Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioners Marietta Robinson and Anne Marie Buerkle discussed industry priorities August 13 with Toy Industry Association (TIA) representatives.


Aug 24 2015

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Briefs on Lead, flame retardants, play yards, infant tubs, NEISS, Colin Church, garage doors, safety seats, indoor air, fire safety, bicycles, and more.

Aug 24 2015

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Briefs on blenders, bunk beds, cameras, cheesecloth, diving masks, charger plugs, batteries, costumes, decking, pencil cases, and more.


Aug 24 2015

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Briefs on tents, eaves/soffits, wrestling mats, paintball, generators, refrigeration, wring, appliance wiring, fireplace stoves, and more.

FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

Free Story

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.


Free Story

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’.


Free Story

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.


Free Story

Perhaps you've noticed a bit of a contrived controversy out in blogland over the past two months. It seems that a handful of folks are convinced – or, at least, trying to convince others – of two factoids:

  • CPSC is coming after Christmas lights and thus Christmas, those Grinches!
  • CPSC is imposing new standards despite dramatic improvements in safety, those zealots!

Both are misinformation


Free Story

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 DAILY NEWS

GENERAL INTEREST

 

When Child Dies, Finding Cause Can Be Difficult

Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)

For county coroners and medical examiners, cases like those of the Pilkington boys represent some of their greatest challenges.

 

What Can Prevent Child Deaths? 4 Recommendations

Twin Falls Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho)

Public health agencies, law enforcement, coroners, child care workers and parents all need to change their ways to help prevent child deaths, the Idaho Child Fatality Review Team recommends.

 

Why Do Children Die? New Idaho Team Searches for Links

Twin Falls Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho)

The death of any child warrants a closer look to search for ways to keep Idaho’s children safer.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

Law Protecting Homeowners from Lead Poisoning Rarely Enforced

Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine)

Thousands of Maine children and hundreds of thousands across the country are being exposed to poisonous lead paint because a federal law designed to protect them is barely being enforced.

 

The Right Way to Handle Lead Paint during Home Renovations

Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine)

It looked like any other house in need of work, but it wasn’t for Randy Trefethen and his team from Renovate Right Construction.

 

Md. Landlords Get Warnings over Lead Paint

Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Md.)

With many Maryland landlords failing to respond to the state's expanded effort to curb childhood lead poisoning, officials are mass-mailing pointed reminders this summer to tens of thousands of property owners to register their rental units or risk being fined.

 

 

FIRE SAFETY

 

Fire Officials' Calls to Toughen Code Going Unheard

The Record (Rockaway, N.J.)

Seven months after the devastating fire that ripped through a large apartment complex in Edgewater, fire officials are renewing calls to lawmakers and Governor Christie to strengthen fire-safety standards for new buildings, as developers continue to submit plans for residences similar to the Edgewater structure.

 

New Jersey Firefighters Want Tougher Fire Codes

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Firefighters in New Jersey are calling for tougher fire codes in the wake of a blaze that destroyed 240 units and left about 500 people homeless at an apartment complex in Edgewater.

 

7 Months after Edgewater Fire, Officials Renew Plea for Tougher Laws

WABC (New York, N.Y.)

Seven months after a massive fire that left 500 people without a home in Edgewater, fire officials on Sunday renewed their plea for tougher laws.

 

 

LEAD

 

Treacherous Element

Slate (New York, N.Y.)

In a criminal lineup of the world’s metals, lead would be the dull, inoffensive-looking suspect.