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Jan 21 2019

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Concrete examples of neglected or unfinished CPSC work due to the government shutdown have arisen.


Jan 21 2019

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Media accounts of economic challenges to federal employees due to delayed pay have included those of CPSC staff.


Jan 21 2019

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As expected, the Senate January 16 received two nominations for CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle.


Jan 21 2019

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An ASTM F15.42 panel January 15 made some progress towards presenting changes for balloting of the F2057 standard on clothing storage units (CSUs).


Jan 21 2019

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Four consumer groups January 14 sought a compromise with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) involving the heights of products subject to ASTM's F2057 standard on clothing storage units (CSU).


Jan 21 2019

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The Toy Association (TA) January 15 called for solutions to tackle three problems related to counterfeit toys, especially those that fail product safety requirements.


Jan 21 2019

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A January 19 lawsuit in Vermont U.S. district court seeks to compel the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize a rule on paint strippers with methylene chloride.


Jan 21 2019

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Preemption, cost-benefit analysis, an early effective date, and possibly increased consumer prices were the stated reasons for Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) declining to sign a bill limiting flame retardants (FRs) in some products.


Jan 21 2019

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The European Commission seek comments by February 11 on potential updates to the Machinery Directive.


Jan 21 2019

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The European Commission wants response to a survey on the Low Voltage Directive by April 4.


Jan 21 2019

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Comment by February 8 on the European Commission's draft updates to rules on classification, labeling, and packaging (CLP) of hazardous chemicals.


Jan 21 2019

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) January 10 explained its reorganized structure that became effective at the beginning of the year.


Jan 21 2019

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A recent European Commission statement on emerging safety and health risks included consumer products.


Jan 21 2019

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A new European Parliament policy briefing paper tags product safety as one of four key consumer-related objectives through 2020.


Jan 21 2019

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Briefs on ex-BEARHFTI, winter fires, and strollers, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


Jan 14 2019

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CPSC would operate for the remainder of FY2019 with expected funds but still be barred from certain work on ROVs under House funding bills, HR 21 and HR 264.


Jan 14 2019

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The White House must resubmit two nominations for CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle.


Jan 14 2019

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CPSC should shorten to six months a proposed phase-in related to recall registration cards, consumer groups wrote in late December.


Jan 14 2019

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CPSC has the highest percentage of furloughed staffers among 11 consumer and worker protection agencies, according to a January 10 report from Public Citizen.


Jan 14 2019

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There was an estimated annual average for 2012-2016 of just above 52,000 fires involving heating equipment and getting emergency response, according to a recent report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


Jan 14 2019

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Comment by February 6 on an EC draft update to the Toy Safety Directive on levels of formaldehyde associated with various materials used in toys.


Jan 14 2019

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Comment by February 6 on a draft EC program aimed at increasing access to high-performance yet safe and sustainable batteries.


Jan 14 2019

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The European Parliament in late December began a process aimed at improving compliance of products subject to harmonized EU requirements.


Jan 14 2019

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) deemed itself to have a "good" or "very good" record in minimizing regulatory burdens from its product safety oversight.


Jan 14 2019

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The U.K. Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is still ramping up to full capacity, according to a recent report on the nation's market surveillance activities.


Jan 14 2019

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Comment by February 6 on an EC proposal on lowering the tolerable daily intake (TDI) figures associated with migration of aluminum from toys.


Jan 14 2019

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A December federal action plan on reducing childhood lead exposure includes actions for CPSC.


Jan 14 2019

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Consumer Reports January 9 put pressure on Ikea and CPSC seeking the recall of Hemnes dressers sold by the company.


Jan 14 2019

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Briefs on Christmas trees, consumer rights, REACH, and lighters, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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Expect a separate, early report on the Internet of Thing (IoT) prior to the one being worked on by CPSC staff.


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Owners of BOB jogging strollers will have to participate in an instructional program and then categorized their abilities before being eligible for replacement parts or other offerings under a settlement agreement between CPSC and Britax.


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Handling the Internet of Things (IoT) across a diversity of products was a main theme of discussion November 14 between CPSC staff and UL representatives.


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Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic October 18 announced his resignation effective close of business Friday, October 20.


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Companies that make and sell products, and the agencies that regulate them, are inundated with massive amounts of data received from a wide variety of sources.


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CPSC's 14-year project on table saw blade contact injuries is set to hit a milestone at an April 27 decisional meeting.


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CPSC staff April 19 suggested to JPMA that potential collaboration could extend beyond traditional nursery products.


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Cooking equipment was the top product class linked to fires in buildings under construction in 2010-2014 while heating equipment was the main one during renovations.


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Battery safety is the topic of an all-day training session by CPSC staff scheduled to occur May 16 in Shenzhen, China.


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An ASTM F15.22 working group's April 20 session on toy projectiles became a review of various non-substantive editorial matters as the major target of discussion was withdrawn before the call.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Shutdown Slows Momentum of Deregulation Efforts

Federal News Network (Washington, D.C.)

The border wall-induced standoff among Republicans and Democrats in Congress and President Donald Trump has put the breaks on one of the administration’s signature initiatives — namely deregulation, or reregulation.

 

The Mythology of Deregulation

The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

Over my couple decades of work in environment and energy policy a consistent theme has emerged.

 

 

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.

What does $33 Billion in Regulatory Cost Savings Really Mean?

Brookings Institute

The Trump administration recently issued a report and supporting materials summarizing its regulatory cost cutting efforts.

 

 

AMUSEMENT RIDES

 

Utah Amusement Parks May Finally Have State Oversight, Inspections

KUTV (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Jayson Harris visited Lagoon amusement park in October 2018. His last ride of the night was on Rocket Re-Entry, a ride that drops riders from the top of a tower and bounces them up and down.

 

Utah Lawmaker Plans Legislation for Amusement Park Oversight

AP (New York, N.Y.)

A state lawmaker plans to again propose legislation that would add oversight of amusement parks in Utah, one of only six states where an agency isn’t assigned to keep tabs on the parks.

 

 

BIKES, SKATES, SCOOTERS, ETC.

 

Virginia Beach Family Says Hoverboard Started Fire Inside Home

WAVY (Norfolk, Va.)

A Virginia Beach family is reminding you to be careful after they say a hoverboard started a fire inside their home.

 

 

CARBON MONOXIDE

 

'Any Is Too Many': Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on the Rise in Utah

Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Seventy-one patients have visited Intermountain Healthcare facilities for carbon monoxide-related reasons since November — a 25 percent jump in the number treated during the same time last year.

 

Carbon Monoxide Poisonings on the Rise in Utah, Officials Issue Warning

KUTV (Salt Lake City, Utah)

A 25 percent increase in carbon monoxide poisonings have been reported since this same time last year, data from Intermountain Healthcare facilities shows.

 

 

LEAD

 

New Rules Aim to Improve Lead Poisoning Testing in Illinois

WLS (Chicago, Ill.)

New rules in Illinois could help children and families get more assistance with lead poisoning.

 

Federal Shutdown Interfering with Milwaukee's Efforts to Clean up Homes with Lead Hazards

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wis.)

The federal shutdown is interfering with Milwaukee's efforts to clean up lead hazards in homes.

 

Decade-Old Pro-Business Ohio Bill Let Lead-Paint Manufacturers Off the Hook for Paying for Cleanup

Cleveland Scene (Cleveland, Ohio)

In October of last year, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a California case in which the state courts found that paint manufacturers – one of which was Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams – must pay the cleanup bill for thousands of homes contaminated with lead paint.

 

‘An Uphill Battle’: Lead Poisoning Stunts Students’ Learning while Cleveland Leaders Fail to Tackle Lingering Problem

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

In recent years, thousands of children started kindergarten in Cleveland public schools already poisoned by lead, which threatens their chances to achieve and poses steep challenges for the district charged with educating them.