Entries by Doug Lanphere

Green Chemistry Initiatives by State

Green Chemistry initiatives by State, beginning with California in 2008, have quickly grown to several states with either proposed or enacted “Green Chemistry” bills to regulate hazardous substances in consumer products. California through the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) and their Department of Toxic Substances Control, published the first list of priority products. These priority products […]

Maine proposes four chemicals for priority designation

Maine proposes four chemicals for priority designation. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has proposed four rules that would designate cadmium, formaldehyde, mercury and arsenic as priority chemicals. Manufacturers, importers or distributors of certain children’s products which are in the stream of commerce in Maine will have to report the use of these four chemicals in their products if they […]

FTC Announces Changes to Textile Labeling Rules

The FTC Announces Changes to Textile Labeling Rules, addressing fiber content and country-of-origin disclosures. The Rules implement the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act, which requires that certain textiles sold in the United States carry labels disclosing the generic names and percentages by weight of the fibers in the product, the manufacturer or marketer name, and […]

The initial list of Priority Products released for Safer Consumer Products Regulations

The initial list of Priority Products released for Safer Consumer Products Regulations were issued on by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on March 13, 2014. The three categories of products that DTSC selected for inclusion in the initial proposed list are: Spray Polyurethane Foam Systems containing unreacted diisocyanates; Children’s Foam Padded Sleeping […]

Proposed Reforms to Proposition 65 Warnings

Proposed reforms to Proposition 65 warnings are on the agenda for discussion in an upcoming public workshop scheduled by California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on April 14, 2014. The purpose of the proposed reform is to “reduce unnecessary litigation and require more useful information to the public on what they are […]

The CPSC issues Final Rule for Carriages and Strollers

The CPSC issued a Final Rule for Carriages and Strollers on March 10, 2014, which will become effective on September 10, 2015. On May 20, 2013 the CPSC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for carriages and strollers which proposed to incorporate by reference the voluntary standard, ASTM F833-13, “Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification […]

CPSC Issues Final Rule for the Safety Standard of Bedside Sleepers

The CPSC issued a Final Rule for the Safety Standard of Bedside Sleepers on January 15, 2014 with an effective date of July 15, 2014. The rule incorporates the voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials), ASTM F2906-13, “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bedside Sleepers” (ASTM F2906-13), by […]

CPSC Issues Direct Final Rule on the Safety Standards for Infant Bath Seats, Toddler Beds, and Full-Size Baby Cribs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Monday, December 9, 2013, issued a direct final rule on the Safety Standards for Infant Bath Seats, Toddler Beds, and Full-Size Cribs. Under the authority of section 104(b) of the CPSIA, the CPSC is publishing this direct final rule, revising the CPSC’s standards for infant bath seats, toddler […]

CPSC Issues Final Rule for Hand-Held Infant Carriers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a Final Rule for Hand-Held Infant Carriers on Friday, December 6, 2013. The rule will become effective on June 6, 2014. On December 10, 2012, the CPSC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for hand-held infant carriers. 77 FR 73354. The NPR proposed to incorporate by reference […]