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Aug 29 2016

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EPA August 24 released the finalized plan for assessing crumb rubber used as infill for synthetic turf sports fields and playground surfacing.


Aug 29 2016

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CPSC would seek comments on possibly amending a 1980s interpretation and enforcement policy on methylene chloride in household products like paint strippers.


Aug 29 2016

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An ASTM F15.42 task group August 23 looked at incorporating UL stability provisions for use with TVs into the F2057 standard on clothing storage units.


Aug 29 2016

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CPSC in September will conduct industry training seminars in China and Vietnam with its Australian and Canadian counterparts.


Aug 29 2016

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A CANENA 61C panel August 25 addressed a few final questions for its recommendations on harmonizing North American standards for refrigerated appliances.


Aug 29 2016

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123 Mart is facing 28 charges by the New Zealand Commerce Commission on the safety of toys and children's clothing.


Aug 29 2016

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Tattoos and permanent body art in the EU should have better harmonized hygiene requirements, according to a report made available August 18 from the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC).


Aug 29 2016

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Briefs on head injuries, back-to-school, NFIRS, activity wristbands, building sets, chests of drawers, jewelry, kerosene lamps, and more.

Aug 29 2016

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Briefs on infant bedding, changing tables, toy chests, air fresheners, bath heaters, coffee makers, and more.

Aug 29 2016

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Briefs on REACH, ISO/Canada, dirt bikes, jacks, strollers, toys, bistro sets, and more.


Aug 22 2016

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PSC has reached out to CSA about the organization's recent openness practices regarding Z21 standards for gas products.


Aug 22 2016

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Commissioners were slated to vote as PSL was going to press on publishing a CPSC staff proposal for an interpretive rule on fireworks and audible effects.


Aug 22 2016

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A UL 1026 working group continues to be challenged in finding food loads for fire tests of remote-activated, smart-enabled toaster ovens.


Aug 22 2016

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An August 18 ANSI meeting began the process of possible U.S. comments to a potential ISO project on "wheeled child conveyances."


Aug 22 2016

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Kids in Danger (KID) August 9 made four recommendations for addressing furniture stability concerns.


Aug 22 2016

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There was an annual average of 3,970 structure fires in 2010-2014 involving college housing and barracks.


Aug 22 2016

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The EC processed 132 RAPEX reports in July, bringing the annual total to 1,084.


Aug 22 2016

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The EC will need to average only 120 RAPEX reactions per month to top last year's level.

Aug 22 2016

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An ASTM F15.45 task group August 12 discussed proposed revisions to ASTM F2417-16.


Aug 22 2016

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A UL 1370 task group August 11 discussed the scope and possible tests for a new standard on portable unvented liquid and gel fuel burning devices.


Aug 22 2016

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The UL 2201 task group on portable generators August 12 heard a presentation of CDC research on CO deaths in the U.S.


Aug 22 2016

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An ASTM F15.17 task group on infant strollers met August 10 to address incidents in which children have chewed pieces of foam off arm bars.

Aug 22 2016

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An ASTM F15.18 task group on changing tables August 8 reviewed proposed changes to restrict wood screws in the assembly of changing table products.


Aug 22 2016

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) seeks comments by August 30 on proposed changes to its portable fuel container rules.


Aug 22 2016

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The Washington State Department of Ecology is seeking suggestions for additions to its list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children.

Aug 22 2016

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Briefs on phthalates, school safety, thermostats, content reporting, fence stretchers, football helmets, garden tractors, and more.

Aug 22 2016

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Briefs on activity centers, changing tables, infant carriers, baseballs/softballs, building materials, call equipment, and more.


Aug 22 2016

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Briefs on nanotech, standards, bicycles, boxes, dishwashers, fitness trackers, lawn tractors.

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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

 

Child Safety Hazards You May Have Overlooked

Consumer Affairs (Lake Tahoe, Nev.)

Many young children are adept at finding trouble around the house.

 

 

BUILDING MATERIAL

 

Tests Show Household Products, Flooring Emit Concerning Levels of Formaldehyde

WRAL (Raleigh, N.C.)

The formaldehyde scandal that hit Lumber Liquidators last year put people on alert. Read more at http://www.wral.com/tests-show-household-products-flooring-emit-concerning-levels-of-formaldehyde/15953803/#hbatTtJSpAvpEziS.99

 

 

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Kitchen Cooking Burns a Real Danger for Kids

HealthDay (Norwalk, Conn.)

The day she ended up with second- and third-degree burns on her back, 4-year-old Giuliana Maggio was just busy doing what 4-year-olds do: running around the house, playing hide-and-seek during a family gathering.

 

 

LEAD

 

Looking for Lead (in All the Wrong Places)

Investigative Journal (Buffalo, Journal)

Neighborhoods on the city’s East and Lower West Sides are “ground zero” for the worst lead poisoning problems in all of Upstate New York.

 

Family Wins Lead Paint Judgment for Poisoned Son — But Will They Ever Get the Money?

Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Md.)

Chauncy Liles Jr. was poisoned by lead paint by the time he was 2 years old. Now 18, he says he's struggled ever since.

 

East Chicago Children Have Lead in Their Blood from Contaminated Dirt. Is This the Next Flint?

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

In the years since the hazardous lead plants were operating in the Indiana town of East Chicago, 1,000 people there have moved into the federally funded West Calumet Housing Complex.