Monday November 25, 2019
CPSC Staffers Seek Early Collaborations on Wearable Products
Early CPSC interaction – during product development, with startups, and as careers begin – was one of the themes at the November 20 staff briefing on wearable products. The goal is to ensure safety via cooperative and helpful collaboration with companies versus reactive conflicts later.
Indeed, CPSC toxicologist Treye Thomas of the Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction promoted this approach when he gently pushed back against the concerns of Acting Chairman Robert Adler and Commissioner Peter Feldman. Both pointed to high attention a decade ago to potential nanotech hazards that have not emerged.
Thomas flipped the implications that the government's attention was less necessary than thought to suggest that the attention might be a reason some hazards did not emerge.
Other topics getting commissioners' attention included:
The first half of the hearing (bit.ly/33aFMIq) involved descriptions of how staffers are parsing types of wearables and possible hazards. Notably, their unofficial, working definition includes not just electrical but also magnetic, mechanical and chemical applications. Similarly, it includes not just wearing but also concepts like body insertion or application.