That’s what the Waxman proposal (CPSEA) would do since it only helps relieve some thrift stores and possibly ATVs and bikes from the burdensome costs of complying with the CPSIA.
It’s not that I disagree with relief for these few – but why not craft a proposal that fixes the problems with the CPSIA for everyone who makes safe products? One criteria in this proposal for granting relief is that it cause no “measureable adverse effect” on a child’s health. Well, of course. In reality, the only criteria that should ever matter when it comes to the CPSC regulating a consumer product is whether it poses a risk!
I don’t really want to beat up those getting relief, but I do want to point out the ridiculousness of letting off a few and not everyone. The fact is, if these children’s products were actually unsafe, there would be relief for no one.
Imagine my surprise when I logged into my personal Facebook account and the first item on my “news feed” was from my friends at the Handmade Toy Alliance encouraging people to call their Representative in support of the Waxman proposal to “fix” the CPSIA!
Even CPSC staff has expressed concern that the small batch provisions will require the Commission to approve any “alternative” test methods on a product by product, rule by rule, basis (How long will HTA members wait on the Commission for all these new regulations?)…and there’s a degree of uncertainty about what an alternative test could even mean (and will it “assure compliance”?) ...and of course, a majority of Commissioners likely will have to vote to approve each of these alternative test methods (can anyone read the tea leaves on those votes?)…
Turns out, it may not be the gift you were wishing for...
Today the CPSC released the proposed rule for the notorious Public Database (aka the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database). I’m sorry to say that it was drafted exclusively by the Majority Party Members of the Commission with next to no input from the Minority Members. As a result, the draft rule is very one-sided in its treatment of accuracy, privacy, and usefulness concerns. Here is an unsolicited (though I believe correct) view that was published independently or you can click here to read my official statement.
The public now has 60 days to comment, so please do yourself a favor and examine this rule carefully! AND COMMENT!
If you are a consumer, a teacher, a school administrator, a parent, a store owner, a distributor, or in any way affected by the CPSIA, please share your experiences with me! Please email me at Commissioner_Northup@CPSC.gov.