Date: Aug 14, 2009
Numerous provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) go into effect on August 14, 2009, the one year anniversary of its passage. Lead paint and substrate limits will be lowered, tracking labels will be required, and infant and toddler products will have to be accompanied with registration forms. While Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been issuing guidance at a furious pace, anxiety and uncertainty continue within the business community, and many small businesses are suffering losses in business and jobs. The following is a list of provisions that come into play on August 14, and a brief description of their implications, as well as highlights of some additional upcoming rules and guidelines likely to be of interest.
The CPSC has many more action items to complete under the CPSIA. For example, it must report on the effectiveness, precision and reliability of x-ray fluorescence technology and other alternative methods for measuring lead in paint or other surface coatings when used on a children's product or furniture article. It has proposed . It is inviting comments on the effectiveness of the toy safety standard; comments are due August 20, 2009. The Commission has also proposed a rule establishing requirements for periodic audits of third party accredited laboratories; comments are due October 13.
With the recent confirmation of two additional Commissioners, CPSC will now be operating as a 5-member agency. Businesses continue to request that Congress hold hearings on the legislation because of the inflexible language certain provisions that are widely viewed to harm businesses without advancing safety.