Archive for December, 2011

ASTM Approves Standard for Children’s Jewelry

Friday, December 9th, 2011

On November 1, ASTM International approved ASTM F2923-11, “Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard.” The standard includes strict cadmium limits in children’s metal and plastic jewelry. The test method and limits were adopted from the CPSC’s limit for cadmium in children’s metal jewelry. The new ASTM standard also addresses other possible hazards in children’s jewelry, including:

• lead in surface coatings and substrates
• soluble heavy metals in surface coatings
• batteries
• nickel in metal materials
• liquid filled jewelry
• physical and mechanical hazards such as strangulation, earring embedment, magnets, and batteries

For more detailed information about this new standard, contact your Insight Laboratories Account Manager.

CPSC Revamps SaferProducts.gov

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched important new features to the SaferProducts.gov Business Portal that make it easier and more efficient for businesses to work with CPSC.

A new, comprehensive online form allows manufacturers, private labelers and importers to quickly submit required reports of potentially hazardous or defective products to CPSC. The online form makes it easier for businesses to report product hazards and to communicate information on consumer product safety issues with CPSC.

Another improvement expands CPSC’s ability to correspond with all of the businesses registered on SaferProducts.gov using the Business Portal, instead of postal mail. All registered manufacturers, importers and private labelers identified in incident reports will now receive notices electronically, regardless of whether the report is eligible to be published on SaferProducts.gov. Previously, businesses could only receive SaferProducts-eligible reports electronically.