Archive for December, 2014

CPSC Phthalate Draft Rule

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

As advised previously, the CHAP (Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel) was charged with making recommendations on whether the use of additional phthalates or phthalate alternatives in children’s toys and child care articles should be restricted.

The CHAP assessed the risks of 14 phthalates and 6 phthalate alternatives. The CHAP’s recommendations have now been drafted into a proposed rule for consideration by the CPSC that would prohibit children’s toys and childcare articles containing specified phthalates.

The main changes of the draft rule are as follows:

  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), and Di(2-ethyhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) will remain permanently banned
  • Diisononyl phthalate (DINP) recommended for permanent ban in toys and childcare articles
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) recommended for ban
  •  Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP) recommended for ban
  • Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP) recommended for ban
  • Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) recommended for ban
  • Di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP) recommended to LIFT ban
  • Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) recommended to LIFT ban

​Following approval of the draft, the final rule would become effective 180 days after publication in the federal register. Click here to view the full proposed rule.

High-Powered Magnet Safety Standard

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

In September, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to approve a new national safety standard for high-powered magnet sets.

High-powered magnet sets are hazardous to young children, who have mouthed and ingested these magnets.  The magnets also pose a serious risk to teens and tweens, who have used them to create mock lip, tongue, and nose piercings.

Under the new CPSC performance standard, an individual magnet from a magnet set either must be large enough that the magnet does not fit into a CPSC small parts cylinder or the power of the magnetic force must be lower than a specified measure.

The rule applies to high-powered magnet sets and to individual magnets that are marketed or intended for use as part of a magnet set.  Magnets manufactured or imported on or after the April 1, 2015 effective date must meet the new performance standard.  Once the safety standard becomes effective, the manufacture, importation, distribution or sale of high-powered magnet sets that are subject to the federal standard and do not comply will be illegal.   The final rule in the federal register can be viewed here.