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Mar 02 2015

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CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye February 25 voiced support for pushing civil penalty payments higher.


Mar 02 2015

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CPSC is doing a good job with its lab accreditation program but could improve in two areas, according to a contractor audit report made available February 23.


Mar 02 2015

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Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic February 20 wrote to the Oregon House expressing concern with a bill (HB2267) to facilitate road use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).


Mar 02 2015

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An estimated annual average of 45,200 heating fires in residential buildings occurred in the U.S. in 2010-2012.


Mar 02 2015

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The ASTM F15.18 subcommittee February 19 reviewed bassinet hazard data, debated testing methodology, and discussed a potential industry questionnaire.


Mar 02 2015

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The ASTM 15.51 gravity flow task group for pool and spa drains February 19 debated corrosion issues, discussed how best to seal the apparatus, and reviewed test apparatus schematics with a new CPSC participant.

Mar 02 2015

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) February 23 released four working documents on data sharing and biocides.


Mar 02 2015

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) February 26 published its seventh annual report on evaluating dossiers and coordinating substance evaluation.


Mar 02 2015

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission through April 10 is seeking comments on a draft regulation impact statement on limiting exposure to azo dyes.

Mar 02 2015

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Briefs on CPSC budget, laundry packets, regulatory cost benefit, sports injuries, frame carriers, ceiling fans, hand trucks, ranges, walk-in tubs, more.


Mar 02 2015

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Briefs on chemical ingredients, consumer interests, combusted material, extinguishing systems, fire services, lighting, roof covering, switches, underwater lights, more.


Mar 02 2015

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Briefs on ethanol burners, reproductive toxicity, counterfeits, awnings, baby walkers, bicycle handlebars, bicycle hubs, electronics, flashlights, heaters, inflatable spas, mowers, propane cylinders, more.


Feb 23 2015

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CPSC staff February 15 shared a draft test methodology to determine CO emission rates of portable generators with other members of a UL 2201 task group.


Feb 23 2015

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CPSC staff February 13 queried an IBM representative about a case management software platform featuring Watson content analytics.

Feb 23 2015

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Commissioner Marietta Robinson and her staff February 18 gave the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) suggestions on improving safe sleep and recall effectiveness.


Feb 23 2015

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General Electric (GE) will pay $3.5 million and create a compliance program to settle CPSC allegations it violated Section 15(b) reporting obligations involving ranges and dishwashers.


Feb 23 2015

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Compliance and enforcement priorities made available February 19 by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) includes good product safety practices among its priorities.


Feb 23 2015

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An EU contractor report, made available February 13, made eight recommendations to improve European product safety surveillance.

Feb 23 2015

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Expect more details in March on the timing of the first releases of two periodic product safety reports from Health Canada.


Feb 23 2015

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) February 18 assembled four scientists for a media teleconference on CPSC phthalates activity.

Feb 23 2015
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) February 19 said it is filing suit in Washington D.C. U.S. district court alleging CPSC has failed even to acknowledge a December 2014 Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request.

Feb 23 2015

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DG Growth is seeking input until the end of April on two areas of REACH authorization.

Feb 23 2015

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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) last month urged more research on electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from consumer products.


Feb 23 2015

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) February 12 promoted the AU$2,650 fine involving internet sales of used products.

Feb 23 2015

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The EU’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), by next December, wants a scientific opinion on biological effects of ultraviolet radiation.


Feb 23 2015

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The EU’s RAPEX system had a record number of notices in 2014 with 2,388.

Feb 23 2015

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RAPEX reactions in the EU rose above 2,700 in 2014.


Feb 23 2015

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Apothecary Products will pay $400,000 to settle allegations by California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) that it sold glass cleaning wipes that violated limits for volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


Feb 23 2015

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Briefs on ROVs, upholstered furniture, chemicals, cable strippers, Christmas trees, cocktail shakers.


Feb 23 2015

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Briefs on amusement rides, building material, colored pencils, joint systems, dishwashers, fire tests, batteries, building joints, burglar alarms, extinguishing systems, generators, panelboards, sprinklers, table saws, washing machines, wiring, compressed gas, doors, office furnishings, windows.


Feb 23 2015

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Briefs on textiles, online sales, nanotech, global injuries, heaters, inflatable spas, cleaning products, light bulbs, more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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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?”


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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.


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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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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 DAILY NEWS

GENERAL INTEREST

 

Fines, Imports and Retailer Reporting Are Among CPSC Issues to Watch

Product Safety Letter (Bethesda, Md.)

CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye February 25 voiced support for pushing civil penalty payments higher.

 

How to Parent Like a German

Time (New York, N.Y.)

The first time I went to a playground in Berlin, I freaked.

 

Parents, Your Home Is Not as Safe for Jr. as You Think

USA Today (McLean, Va.)

Remember the "dead kid" ad that was such a downer for some Super Bowl viewers?

 

 

RECENT CPSC RECALL NOTICES

 

Ceiling Fans for Blade Hub Separating from Shaft

Walk-in Tubs for Heated Seats Getting Stuck on

Electric Ranges for Poorly Adhered Heating Element

Hand Truck for Separating Wheel Hub

 

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

 

Booster Seat Bill Passes Kentucky House

WBKO (Bowling Green, Ky.)

Kentucky's booster seat law would be expanded to apply to more children riding in vehicles under a bill that has won passage in the state House.

 

 

HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS & CLEANING PRODUCTS

 

Detergent Pods Should Be Safer

Consumer Reports (Yonkers, N.Y.)

Liquid detergent pods have grown in popularity since their introduction in 2012.

 

Industry Pans Bill Targeting Detergent Pods

The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

Cleaning product manufacturers are calling a bill to impose stricter standards for single-serve laundry and dish detergent packets unnecessary.

 

 

POISON

 

Lawmakers a Step Closer to Regulating E-Cigarettes

The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved legislation Thursday that will require manufacturers to create child-resistant packaging for all liquid nicotine containers.

 

Plastics Industry Struggling with Long-Standing Controversies

Design News (Bedford, Mass.)

Two issues have been the bane of the plastics industry for as long as one can remember: The ban on plastic grocery bags and whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics such as polycarbonate and PVC is harmful to humans.

 

 

POOLS, SPAS, ETC.

 

Wolfson: How Safety Initiative Educated Parents about Dangers to Children in Pools

PR Week (New York, N.Y.)

When pool-owning parents were asked about the risks of drowning to children, many seemed disconnected from the danger.

 

Government's Embarrassing Back Down on Safety Fences Pool Law

Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia)

The state government has been forced into an embarrassing last-minute back down on legislation forbidding the sale of homes with pools until their safety fences have been inspected.