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PREMIUM CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER
Aug 20 2018

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The August 14 10-year anniversary of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) drew laudatory remarks, mostly from groups aligned with consumers.

Aug 20 2018

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Members of an ASTM F15.16 working group August 14 moved towards potential changes revolving around pushout tests for expansion gates in the F1004 standard.

Aug 20 2018

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Bicyclists' deaths involving motor vehicles rose to 818 in 2015 from a low of 623 in 2010, according to data made available August 8 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Aug 20 2018

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The U.K. Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) built its 2018-2020 strategy, made available August 10, around four verbs.

Aug 20 2018

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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) handled 140 recalls in the second quarter of calendar 2018.

Aug 20 2018

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Health Canada August 13 said it would be looking at the compliance of teething necklaces intended for children under 3 years old.


Aug 20 2018

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Briefs on play surfaces, flame retardants, furniture barriers, summer hazards, Britax, CCPSA, ANSI plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


Aug 13 2018

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Britax August 3 asked for a stay of CPSC's recall case against it and for the administrative law judge (ALJ) in charge to be disqualified.


Aug 13 2018

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CPSC received 30 comments on the resubmitted petition on labeling floor coverings by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI).


Aug 13 2018

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in late July offered seven recommendations to improve the standards-support activity of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


Aug 13 2018

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Discussion August 8 by an ASTM working group included exemptions and warning language for batteries used in juvenile products.


Aug 13 2018

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U.S. PIRG August 7 said that "most of the dozens" of school supplies it tested did not contain problematic substances, but it did list four concerning results.


Aug 13 2018

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in late July reported that about half of 53 agencies it reviewed had deficiencies related to the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA).


Aug 13 2018

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Briefs on outdoor fires, fire imaging, food containers, blending containers, camping chairs, handgun safes, and more.


Aug 13 2018

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Briefs on treestands, glass tables, access control, air compressors, boilers, and more.


Aug 13 2018

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Briefs on CCPSA, New Zealand, hoverboards, battery chargers, bean bag chairs, bunk beds, ovens, ROVs, and more.


FREE CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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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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The 10 comments CPSC has received so far on its fireworks NPR were generally supportive of the agency's direction although there were some concerns and suggestions.


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CPSC would operate in very limited fashion in the event of a government shutdown later this month.


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Briefs on elevators, Viking Range, toys, flame retardants, caster boards, chairs, food dehydrators, and more.


FREE DAILY NEWS

GENERAL INTEREST

 

Worse Than Lead?

The Nation (New York, N.Y.)

Today, thanks in part to the efforts of a single Virginia family, as many as 97 percent of Americans have toxic flame retardants in their blood.

 

The Importance of Extracting Phthalates from Plastics

Azo Materials (Manchester, England)

Phthalates are used as plasticizers in a wide range of common products.

 

We Are Guinea Pigs in a Worldwide Experiment on Microplastics

The Conversation (Boston, Mass.)

One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly – seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags – they stick around for hundreds of years.

 

 

BIKES, SKATES, SCOOTERS, ETC.

 

Are Dockless Electric Scooters Safe?

WJLA (Washington, D.C.)

When you hit the cement at 17 miles per hour, it hurts,” Kelley Mitchum, sporting two black eyes, scraped and bruised hands and arms, told Good Morning America.

 

 

LEAD

 

Judge Rules NYCHA Lead Paint Case Can Proceed — Damages Could Top $2 Billion

New York Daily News (New York, N.Y.)

A judge has ruled that a high-stakes lawsuit over NYCHA’s failure to inspect apartments for lead paint can proceed, setting the stage for a court battle that could result in damages in excess of $2 billion.

 

 

PLAY EQUIPMENT

 

Playground Safety, Following Second Minn. Swing Set Death this Month

KVLY (Fargo, N.D.)

A four-year-old Minnesota child is dead, after a swing set collapsed Monday morning in Zumbrota.

 

Fatal MN Swing Set Accidents Raise Safety Concerns

WEAU (Eau Claire, Wis.)

After two fatal accidents in Minnesota, local health officials are shedding light on swing set safety.