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Oct 14 2019

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A three-way commission split means the next steps in CPSC's upholstered furniture flammability efforts are unclear.


Oct 14 2019

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Commissioners' ballots were due near the PSL deadline on issuing a direct final rule to revise CPSC's Section 104 requirements on non-full-size cribs and play yards.


Oct 14 2019

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CPSC staffers estimate that there were about 4,400 emergency room visits associated with liquid laundry packet in calendar 2018.


Oct 14 2019

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CPSC and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) October 7 began an information campaign targeting use of online rental marketplaces.


Oct 14 2019

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Commissioner Elliot Kaye explained his recent attempted amendment on a failed vote to move a fireworks rulemaking forward.


Oct 14 2019

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A UL panel decided tentatively to target the end of 2020 for withdrawal of UL 1314 for special purpose metal containers.


Oct 14 2019

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) September 30 said it recently stopped about 5,200 counterfeit refrigerator water filters.


Oct 14 2019

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) reminded companies of their upcoming duties REACH reporting duties for nanomaterials.


Oct 14 2019

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Health Canada October 9 warned against sales of certain firepots and pourable alcohol fuel containers.


Oct 14 2019

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Briefs on pool drains, burden reduction, SaferProducts.gov, NEISS, bouncers, window cords, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


Oct 07 2019

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Gib Mullan will become CPSC general counsel, Acting Chairman Bob Adler told PSL, October 1.

Oct 07 2019

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CPSC knows of 30 pediatric poisonings in 2016, according to data the agency made available October 2.


Oct 07 2019

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Syndicated reviews were among the topic that Target representatives raised with commissioners September 27.


Oct 07 2019

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Whether the term death should be used when defining safety was among the topics during a September 30 discussion by an ASTM F15 panel looking at connected products.

Oct 07 2019

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CPSC has not identified incidents linked to the failure of child-resistant ladder covers, an ASTM F15.60 working group heard October 3.


Oct 07 2019

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A large chunk of discussion October 3 by an ASTM F15.17 working group involved how to define convertible wheeled products that are subject to stroller requirements, at least in some modes.


Oct 07 2019

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The European Commission adopted a package of legislation setting out EU wide rules on reparability, availability of spare parts and access to repair and maintenance information for certain energy related products.


Oct 07 2019

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The European Commission is holding a public consultation early next year as part of its evaluation of Directive 2014/30/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of Member States relating to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).


Oct 07 2019

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Beads, straps and "simple shaped" elements (moons, stars, hearts) do not necessarily make a pacifier holder a toy, according to September 26 EC guidance.


Oct 07 2019

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Comment by December 16 on an EC inquiry about lead in fishing tackle and hunting ammunition.


Oct 07 2019

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Give input by October 23 to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on its priorities.


Oct 07 2019

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California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) September 30 signed SB 647 on metal jewelry.


Oct 07 2019

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An industry advisory from California's Bureau of Household Goods and Services reminds industry of updated responsibilities involving flame retardants (FR) in upholstered furniture, mattresses and juvenile products.


Oct 07 2019

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There was an estimated annual average of 3,320 school fires in 2013-2017, according to recent data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


Oct 07 2019

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Briefs on burden reduction, table saws, firewalled labs, product safety award, appliances, and Brexit plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


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Gib Mullan will become CPSC general counsel, Acting Chairman Bob Adler told PSL, October 1.


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Robert Adler will take over as CPSC acting chairman October 1.


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Briefs on product safety education, chemicals, PFAS, car seats, anchoring, OHVs, strollers, flooring, consumer education, hot car deaths, vinyl gloves, plus the regular charts on recalls/corrections, standards activities, and CPSC meetings.


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CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle will leave the commission October 27 and will step down as agency head September 30.


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The 29 people or entities who received CPSC Information Clearinghouse data outside the 6(b) process included companies, journalists, researchers, lawyers and others.


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CPSC members May 21 voted 2-3 against a motion by Commissioner Dana Baiocco to bring in a detailee from FBI, DOJ or similar agency to investigate the large disclosure of information outside 6(b) procedures.


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Disciplinary action is not off the table in CPSC's internal investigation of information released outside 6(b) procedures, but that possibility is tempered with the phrase, "if warranted."


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A coalition of six advocacy groups May 6 sent members of Congress a letter and fact sheet seeking passage of HR 2211.


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CPSC changed its information-release procedures in early April in reaction to its problematic disclosures to 29 recipients since 2017 and affecting approximately 11,000 companies.


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CPSC's recurring disclosures of companies' information outside 6(b) procedures happened for over a year, and at least one recipient has rejected the agency's request to return or certify destruction of the materials.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

SF Officials Want to Regulate Cutting-Edge Tech. Would Their Plan Stifle Innovation?

San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, Calif.)

San Francisco officials hope to banish the “ask forgiveness, not permission” ethos that’s animated much of the tech industry’s relationship with city government in recent years.

 

SF to Establish Office of Emerging Technology

San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, Calif.)

San Francisco will create an Office of Emerging Technology, where tech companies can pitch their services so The City will no longer be taken by surprise and have to scramble to address impacts of the businesses.

 

IoT Devices Could Be Asbestos of the Future

Tech Radar (Somerton, England)

The rise of connected devices doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon and while there are currently around 7bn IoT devices worldwide, experts estimate that this number could be as high as 40bn by 2025.

 

Glenlivet's New Edible Whisky Capsules Are Giving People All of the Feelings

Time (New York, N.Y.)

Glenlivet’s been making Scotch whisky for 195 years, but a new innovation by the brand to offer “glassless cocktails” in the form of edible pouches full of whisky has given the Internet all of the feelings.

 

‘Alcoholic Tide Pods’: Everyone Is Very Confused about the Newest Way to Drink Whisky

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

They’re wrapped in seaweed. They’re filled with whisky. And they’re drawing a collective groan from the Internet, thanks to their suspicious resemblance to a laundry detergent pack turned meme turned public health hazard.

 

Michigan Boy Suffers Second Degree Burns in 'Fire Challenge'

CNN (Atlanta, Ga.)

A 12-year-old Michigan boy is recovering from second degree burns after being set ablaze in what is being described as a social media challenge.

 

'Fire Challenge': Michigan Boy Treated for Second-Degree Burns in Internet Stunt

USA Today (McLeean, Va.)

A Michigan boy is recovering from second-degree burns after being lit on fire by friends for an internet challenge.

 

 

BEAUTY, COSMETICS & PERSONAL CARE

 

Beauty Products for Vulvas? These Doctors Say Don’t Buy It

PBS New Hour (Washington, D.C.)

In the vast, wild world of Instagram beauty influencers, there’s a new category of products on the block: masks, sprays, lipsticks and other cosmetics for…vulvas.

 

 

LEAD

 

Lead Poisoning Requires a Solution as Big as the Problem

Portland Press Herald (Portland, Maine)

The dangers of lead poisoning were laid bare in Flint, Michigan, where contaminated water exposed thousands of children to the dangerous neurotoxin – but Flint is not alone.

 

Delaware County Allowed to Threaten Lawsuits Against Sherwin-Williams Over Lead Paint

Legal Intelligencer (Atlanta, Ga.)

A federal judge has declined Sherwin-Williams’ request to stop Delaware County officials from publicly threatening to sue the paint company to pay for lead paint removal.

 

 

TOYS

 

Which? Reveals 7 Teething Toys that Pose a Choking Risk to Babies

Edinburgh News (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Consumer watchdog Which? has found seven teething toys that pose a choking risk to babies that were bought from popular retailers.