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Aug 14 2017

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CPSC August 10 explained that fidget spinners are children's products only if intended for children 12 or younger, saying "most…are general use products."


Aug 14 2017

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Two New York companies are enjoined from importing and selling toys and other children's products, the Justice Department said August 4.


Aug 14 2017

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The eight comments on CPSC's Section 104 rulemaking on chair booster seats broke down evenly between being supportive and voicing concerns about two issues.


Aug 14 2017

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Three commissioners August 9 expressed trepidation about the effects of patent issues on CPSC's table saw rulemaking.


Aug 14 2017

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CPSC members were slated to vote by ballot as PSL went to press on adopting changes to federal human subject protections.


Aug 14 2017

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Four House Democrats August 7 requested information demonstrating that "regulatory reform task forces," set up to review agencies' regulations, are complying with transparency and accountability requirements.


Aug 14 2017

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Civilian death rates from residential fires fall from 7.5 per 1,000 event to 1.4 if operational sprinklers or other "automatic extinguishment systems" (AES) are involved, but just 8% of homes have them, according to data made available in late July from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


Aug 14 2017

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On 19 July, the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (“BEIS”) Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety released a report on product safety and the recall system in the UK.


Aug 14 2017

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On 28 July, the European Commission released a Commission Notice on the market surveillance of products sold online (2017/C250/01).

Aug 14 2017

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RAPEX notices continued to outpace recent years through July, potentially reversing the trend of the past two years.


Aug 14 2017

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European nations' reactions to others' RAPEX reports in 2017 are running near, although slightly behind, 2016.


Aug 14 2017

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The Washington State Department of Ecology is reminding companies of its August 31 chemicals reporting deadline.


Aug 14 2017

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CPSC recently announced three training opportunities in China.


Aug 14 2017

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Briefs on flame retardants, FoIA, ATVs, building sets, charcoal grills, furniture, iPhone cases, and more.


Aug 14 2017

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Briefs on activity centers, amusement rides, building material, heat release, membrane switches, upholstered furniture, playground surfacing, and more.


Aug 14 2017

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Briefs in REACH, composite wood, circular economy, ATVs, bicycles, fan heaters, toys, gas ranges, shoes, car seats, iPhone cases, and more.


Jul 31 2017

Product Safety Letter will not have an August 7, 2017, edition due to its schedule of 48 issues a year. The next issue will be Vol. 46, No. 30 and will be dated August 14, 2017.


Jul 31 2017

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CPSC Acting-Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle July 24 received the nomination to become chairman of the commission.


Jul 31 2017

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Commissioners July 26 heard from a mix of industry and consumer representatives at the CPSC hearing on FY2018 and FY2019 priorities and agenda.


Jul 31 2017

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CPSC's most recent regulatory agenda, made available July 19, shows the agency with 21 rulemaking activities at the pre-, proposed, or final rule stage .


Jul 31 2017

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CPSC's July 25 all-day workshop on recall effectiveness was intended to start an ongoing dialog on such matters, Acting-Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle assured those assembled.


Jul 31 2017

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The 29 comments that CPSC received on the latest version of its table saw rulemaking mostly were cautionary or negative.


Jul 31 2017

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CPSC is planning a September 14 hearing to get input on the petition that seeks a ban of additive organohalogen flame retardants (FRs) in certain product classes.


Jul 31 2017

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An NFPA panel July 25 began preliminary work on potentially suggesting changes to that organization's 227 standard for upholstered furniture.


Jul 31 2017

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Socioeconomic factors play a top role in fire death rates, according to a July report from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).


Jul 31 2017

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Safety is one of four challenges raised by the Internet of Things (IOT), according to a report made available July 26 from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).


Jul 31 2017

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The confidence of Europeans in product safety is rising, according to a July 25 report from DG Justice and Consumers.


Jul 31 2017

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An updated draft CPSC final rule on its Freedom of Information (FoIA) regulations – with changes related to timing and news media – is slated for a commission vote by August 1.


Jul 31 2017

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CPSC staffers July 27 made available a 2016 contractor report on child-resistant (CR) protections for the ignitions of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).


Jul 31 2017

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will seek expert consultation until August 31 on a draft endocrine disruptors guidance.


Jul 31 2017

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CPSC staff promised to report on corrective actions to the agency's contract process.


Jul 31 2017

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Briefs on focus groups, noncomplying products, CPC quality, bicycle helmets, multipurpose lighters, California, and more.


Jul 31 2017

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Briefs on camping mattresses, playground equipment, children's chairs, fire test, fuel containers, insulation, and more.


Jul 31 2017

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Briefs on United Kingdom, faucets, irons, ROVs, candles, slap bracelets, toys, and more.

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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.


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Briefs on bath heaters, flammable liquids, floor treatment, fuses, lights, and more.


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GENERAL INTEREST

 

Quora: Is U.S. Regulation Cost Analysis Reliable?

Newsweek (New York, N.Y.)

When I worked at the International Trade Administration of the US Department of Commerce from 2006–2012, I participated in an inter-agency group of government officials lead by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

 

Researchers Use Machine Learning to Spot Counterfeit Consumer Products

Phys.Org (London, England)

A team of researchers has developed a new mechanism that uses machine-learning algorithms to distinguish between genuine and counterfeit versions of the same product.

 

 

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.

Counterfeit Products from China and How to Get Them Off the Web (Alibaba, Amazon, etc.)

Harris Bricken

Full disclosure. This post is on more than what to do when your product is being counterfeited in China.

 

 

AMUSEMENT RIDES

 

‘It’s Fun to Be Scared’: Life and Mortality at the Carnival

The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

If you believe a narrative that Americans are nihilistic ids who are test-piloting themselves toward their own inevitable doom, then there is probably hard evidence to be found at county fairs, like this one in rural Virginia, where a bunch of us are dangling in metal cages off a ride called the Zipper.

 

 

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Faulty White Goods Such as Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers and Fridges are Causing Ten Fires a Day

Daily Mail (London, England)

Faulty white kitchen appliances, such as the fridge-freezer behind the Grenfell fire, are reportedly causing nearly ten fires a day.

 

Ministers Accused of Putting Lives at Risk as Faulty White Goods Like the One that Sparked Grenfell Tower Blaze Are ‘Causing Nearly Tes Fires a Day

The Sun (London, England)

Ministers are today accused of putting lives at risk as figures reveal faulty white goods are causing nearly ten fires a day.