Congress Amends the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

On August 1, 2011, both the House and the Senate by overwhelming margins passed H. R. 2715 which amends the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA).  If enacted into law, the bill would amend the CPSIA as follows: The 100 ppm lead limit that takes effect on August 14, 2011 for products intended … Read more

CPSC’s Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (“CPSC’s) Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database (“Public Database”) is available on the web to submit reports of unsafe products or to search for such reports.  Consumers, attorneys, investigators, professional engineers, government agencies, health care professionals, child service providers, and public safety entities such as law enforcement entities may … Read more

Two Chemicals Added to Proposition 65 List

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added alpha-methyl styrene and sulfur dioxide as reproductive toxicants to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.  Both chemicals are listed as reproductive toxicants and the listing became effective on July 29, 2011.  Businesses with 10 or more employees … Read more

June Was An Active Month for Proposition 65 Notices

During June 2011, 81 notices were issued by various private citizens.  Of these, 49 notices were for consumer products containing di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate (DEHP) and 30 notices were for products containing lead or lead and lead compounds.   The noticed products containing DEHP include children’s books and furniture, bath mats, footwear, pencil pouches, key holders, cosmetic bags, and tools.  … Read more

California to Consider Additional Regulation of Composite Wood Products

The California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) will host a public workshop on August 23, 2011 on potential amendments to its regulstons on Composite Wood Products to reduce potential exposure to formaldehyde.  The ARB adopted regulations that limit formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products in 2008.  The regulations established formaldehyde emissions standards for hardwood plywood veneer core, hardwood … Read more

CPSC Staff Finds 100 ppm Limit for Lead in Children’s Products Feasible

 The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”) set a limit of 100 ppm lead in children’s products as of  August 14, 2011 unless the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) determines that the limit if technically infeasible.  The CPSIA regulates lead limits in products intended for children 12 and younger, and CPSC has recently issued interpretive guidance … Read more

Cradle-to-Cradle Certification for Consumer Products

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (“C2C Institute”) is a non-profit organization that will certify products based on five categories –renewable energy, clean water, material health, social responsibility and material reutilization.  The C2C uses a 5-criteria protocol to evaluate products based on methodology that was originally created by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry.  The five … Read more

California Proposes Expanded Coverage of its Rigid Plastic Container Requirements.

 Cal Recycle (the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery) has proposed significant changes to its regulations of rigid plastic packaging containers (“RPPC”) .  These regulations apply to RPPCs with a capacity of between eight (8) ounces and five (5) gallons with exceptions for food and medical containers.  Such containers must be sourced reduced or have … Read more

More Proposition 65 Chemical Listings – More Warnings

More common chemicals will be added to the California’s Proposition 65 list by reference to the Labor Code.  Because these chemicals are likely to be found in many workplaces and consumer products, more businesses will need to determine if any newly listed chemical is present in their workplace or consumer product and provide any required … Read more

Key Proposition 65 Chemicals

Key Proposition 65 Chemicals.  There are over 850 chemicals on the list and testing products for each would be cost prohibitive.  However, there are some key chemicals to be concerned with and have been the primary chemicals alleged in Proposition 65 enforcement actions. Lead and Cadmium.  Two of them are lead and cadmium because they … Read more