Thursday, August 26, 2010

Egg-stra regulation!

Creating knee-jerk federal regulations in the name of safety isn’t the answer…

Check out Wally Olson's take on calls for more federal regulation of food-making due to the salmonella outbreak
The egg and I

Monday, August 23, 2010

The National Swimming Pool Foundation weighs in on pool safety

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) recently sent a letter endorsing the Commission's implementation of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

“NSPF believes the Commission has taken a sound technical position on this topic and it is correct in the assertion that vacuum release systems do not protect against most forms of entrapment to the degree an unblockable drain.” - NSPF

Because some special interest groups continue to generate press to the contrary, I thought it was important to circulate feedback from NSPF, a group with a long history of promoting pool safety.

The full text of the letter is copied below or you can enlarge the picture to see the original.

Click here for my statement on the Implementation of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

August 11, 2009

The Honorable Anne Northup
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814

Dear Commissioner Northup,

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) has read and supports your position statement on unblockable drain definition relative to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act. NSPF believes the Commission has taken a sound technical position on this topic and it is correct in the assertion that vacuum release systems do not protect against most forms of entrapment to the degree an unblockable drain. In addition, we applaud the CPSC’s efforts to fulfill the Act’s educational requirement since prevention of drowning and entrapment is paramount!

We understand that the Commission has been challenged by petition, letters and public media efforts to influence the Commission to change its ruling. We urge you to maintain your position.

NSPF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and safety of those who use aquatic facilities. NSPF has given over 3.7 million dollars in grants since 2003 to prevent drowning, illness, injury and entrapment and to demonstrate the health benefits of aquatic activity. The Foundation works towards its mission to encourage healthier living through aquatic education and research with its collection of educational materials training over 240,000 professionals since 1982.

It is important that we stand united to implement solutions that will work rather than those that may appear positive - yet have limited value. We applaud your efforts and admire your sound reasoning.

Please let us know if we can provide any assistance in this matter.

Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Tracynda Davis, M.P.H.
Director of Environmental Health

cc: I. Tenenbaum, CPSC; T. Moore, CPSC; N. Nord, CPSC; D. Lamborn, US House of Representatives

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Here It Is: Popular Toys Parents Can No Longer Buy for their Children Because of the CPSIA…

For some time now, we have been worried about the impact of the CPSIA on jobs, cost and fewer choices. We worry about the number of businesses leaving the children’s product market, the increased costs of new testing requirements that are completely unrelated to risk, and global companies that simply stop selling in the United States because the costs are too high. Now you can see for yourself right off of this company’s website: popular toys that are no longer available to parents in the U.S. due to the CPSIA.

Endangered and Extinct Toys

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer reading:

Thought you might find this editorial in The Washington Times regarding excessive regulation interesting.  The author got it exactly right. Excessive regulations kill jobs.  I have seen it first hand: some businesses just leave the market, small businesses struggle to comply and new startups will never be able to enter our market.  So sad.

EDITORIAL: The red tape stimulus

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New costs, no common sense

Even though the safety considerations for mattresses, clothing textiles, carpets, and plastic vinyl are exactly the same for children as for adults, the current successful testing requirements for these products will no longer be enough. Now the Commission’s decision to treat “general product safety rules” as “children’s product safety rules” will require new third-party testing of the children’s versions of these products in CPSC accredited specialty labs. These additional testing costs are being layered on top of testing that has been carefully designed based on science-based protocols that are already known as the “gold standard” in safety.

I do not believe that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act requires this new, additional third-party testing that the Commission’s recent string of decisions mandated. These tests will not reduce risk and will ultimately harm productivity, increase cost and limit consumer choice. For instance, government regulation is cited as a major obstacle to new business start-ups or to expansion.

Most Americans will never learn about highly technical regulations that our agency recently passed. But they will be paying the price in higher costs, fewer choices and lost jobs. So, the next time you hear a commentator ask a guest, “What would you do to increase jobs or reduce government spending?”…think about the cost of government regulation…

•Commissioner Northup’s Official Statement on 3rd Party Testing for Flammability of Carpets & Rugs, and Vinyl Plastic Film: Requirements for Accreditation

•Commissioner Northup’s Official Statement on Testing the Flammability of Clothing Textiles, Mattresses and Mattress Pads, and/or Mattress Sets: Requirements for Accreditation of Third-Party Conformity Assessment