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AUGUST 18, 2014
VOLUME 43   ISSUE 32

 

PREMIUM CONTENT FROM PRODUCT SAFETY LETTER

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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.


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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.


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Commissioners 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).

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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.


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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.


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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.


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The 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.

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A 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).

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Health Canada is slated this fall and winter to seek public comments on four product areas: general lead, children’s jewelry, cribs, and playpens.


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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.


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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.


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The 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.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through September 22 is seeking comments on methodology used to assess exposure and health effects from lead exposure.


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Briefs on CPSC website, bikes, candles, children’s sweaters, nightstands, smoke alarms, stirrup leathers, portable generators.

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Briefs on amusement rides, smoke release, combination ovens, convection ovens.


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Briefs on window cords, show bags, cribs, sofa covers, smoke detectors, nightstands, dehumidifiers, personal watercraft, and more.