NIST Issues Standard for Testing Lead in Paint

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed reference materials to test the level of lead in paint using X-Ray Fluorescent (“XRF”) guns.  The CPSC limit on lead in children’s products is 90 ppm.  The reference materials are three polyester panels painted with three different paints:  one paint has no lead, the second paint … Read more

CPSC Database Lists Recalls and Consumer Complaints

As required by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) set up a public database on March 11, 2011 that lists consumer complaints as well as recall notices.  The database is searchable by company and product.  To date, there are 362 listings concerning lead, 7 listings concerning cadmium, and 6 … Read more

CPSC Method on Lead Testing in Metals

CPSC staff have issued a revision to the  method for testing lead in homogeneous metals.  The preferred methods remain chemical digestion and analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES).  Inductively Coupled Plasma–Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (FLAA) and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (GFAA) are also acceptable under appropriate conditions.  Significantly, … Read more

CPSC Announces Teleconference on Phthalates

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a teleconference on April 10 of the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) to discuss phthalates and phthalate substitutes.  The CHAP must make recommendations to the Commission regarding any phthalates (or combinations of phthalates by October 2012.  The CHAP is to examine the potential health impacts of phthalates, including endocrine-disrupting effects as … Read more

CPSC Website for Report of Unsafe Products

In March 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) launched a new website which allows consumers and others to report on consumer products which are alleged to be unsafe.  The database is searchable by product type or company and list both recalls and reports of unsafe products.  Once a report of an unsafe product is … Read more

Phthalate Testing

Phthalates are found in a wide variety of products, including polyvinyl chloride (which in turn in used in a wide range of products), coatings, and perfumes.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) recently held a symposium on phthalate testing for children’s products.  Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, the manufacturer or private labeler must furnish … Read more

First Lawsuit Against CPSC Database

On Monday, a consumer product manufacturer filed suit against the CPSC seeking to keep confidential a report of alleged harm to a child.  The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act authorized the CPSC to develop a database that would publish on the Internet reports of harm from consumers and others.  The CPSC launched the database in March, … 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

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