CPSC & CPSIA Updates

There have been several developments over the last several days with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that I thought I should share with you.

First, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a Guidance on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) for Small Businesses, Resellers, Crafters, and Charities.  It doesn’t really have much new in it, but many have found it to be clearer than prior CPSC statements about the CPSIA.

Second, the CPSC has issued its enforcement policy for the lead limits that were effective yesterday.  Much fuss has been raised because the enforcement policy only exempts ordinary children’s books printed after 1985 – many are concerned about the landfilling of classic children’s books printed before 1985.  In a brief experiment, I tested some of the older children’s books we had around the house.  In most, I found lead levels below 300 ppm, but in my 1947 Mother Goose, I found lead at approximately 2,400 ppm.  Also, the red printed female figures on my Little Women had lead right around 600 ppm.

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