AUGUST 18, 2014VOLUME 43 ISSUE 32
PREMIUM CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER
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.
CPSC staff in late July suggested that work on the strangulation risks associated with window covering cords should be moving more quickly and more comprehensively.
Subscriber-Only StoryCommissioners were slated as PSL went to press to vote by ballot on a staff recommendation to deny a 2004 petition on candles by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM).
he Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) urged the commission to pass a Section 104 switch proposal while praising the voluntary standards process that led to agreement between agency staff and an ASTM panel.
CPSC staff said will consider in its own work recent research by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into carbon monoxide (CO) emissions by portable generators.
The ASTM pool drain task group developing new tests for pool drain entrapment August 7 worked to refine a draft test plan for testing entrapment with live human subjects.
Subscriber-Only StoryThe ASTM battery-operated toys working group August 7 and 13 addressed negative comments on temperature limits, short circuit protection testing, simulated fault conditions, safety labeling requirements, and flammable gas emission testing.
Subscriber-Only StoryA large majority of fatal fires involving college students occurs in off-campus facilities, according to data made available August 11 from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
Health Canada is slated this fall and winter to seek public comments on four product areas: general lead, children’s jewelry, cribs, and playpens.
The volume of products detained by EU customs official for both suspicion of intellectual property violations and health and safety risks roughly doubled between 2012 and 2013.
Building materials, sports/recreation equipment and furniture were the top products associated with injuries in 2010 to 2012, according to data recently made available from DG.
Subscriber-Only StoryThe department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) needs to do more to act on a consensus process for updating construction and safety standards for manufactured homes.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through September 22 is seeking comments on methodology used to assess exposure and health effects from lead exposure.
Subscriber-Only StoryBriefs on CPSC website, bikes, candles, children’s sweaters, nightstands, smoke alarms, stirrup leathers, portable generators.
Briefs on amusement rides, smoke release, combination ovens, convection ovens.
Subscriber-Only StoryBriefs on window cords, show bags, cribs, sofa covers, smoke detectors, nightstands, dehumidifiers, personal watercraft, and more.