Archive for February, 2014

CPSC Approves New Mandatory Standard for Infant Beside Sleepers

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

On January 8, 2014, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved a new federal mandatory standard for bedside sleepers. 

A bedside sleeper is defined as a bassinet-type product that is secured to an adult bed, has fabric or hard sides and may have a lower side adjacent to the adult mattress. A bedside sleeper is intended to provide a sleeping environment for an infant up to approximately 5 months of age or when a child begins to push up on his or her hands and knees.

The new federal standard incorporates ASTM F2906-13, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bedside Sleepers, and requires bedside sleepers to comply with recent modifications required for bassinets in federal standard 16 C.F.R. part 1218. The new bedside sleeper federal standard also includes two recent modifications to the ASTM voluntary standard to address fabric-sided enclosed opening entrapment hazards and consumer misassembly when components are missing.

The effective date for the mandatory bedside sleeper standard is 6 months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

Washington State Amends Children’s Safe Product Act CHCC List

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

In October 2013, The Washington State Department of Ecology adopted amendments to the Children’s Safe Products Reporting Rule, Chapter 173-334 WAC.  Under the Children’s Safe Product Act, manufacturers and importers are required to report to the department of ecology if their products contain chemicals listed on the Reporting List of Chemicals of High Concern to Children (CHCCs).  The CHCC list has been amended to add tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate TDCPP (CAS # 13674-87-8) and to remove n-butanol (CAS # 71-36-3) from the reporting list of chemicals.