Once such state bill is the Children’s Product Safety Act, which, according to the Web site for nonprofit organization Kids in Danger, makes selling recalled products illegal. It’s already been passed in Oregon, Michigan and Vermont (to name a few) and is currently under consideration in Pennsylvania, New York and Wisconsin in addition to a host of other states. Similar legislation, including Delaware’s Children’s Toy Safety Act has also recently been put into practice, noted the site.
Likewise, in the realm of product testing, numerous third-party, not-for-profit organizations as well as independent testing companies (such as the American National Standards Institute and ASTM International) cropped up to create their own supplemental standards. Needless to say, it was getting pretty crowded
“After years of weak enforcement by the CPSC, the government is actively trying to tighten controls and strengthen its enforcement capabilities,” Duffy said. And with the signing of the CPSC Reform Act, the United States took its first steps toward a more reliable system of checks and balances. Compared to what came before, they’re some pretty big steps.
Along with an increase in CPSC staffing and stricter enforcement policies, one of
the major areas of improvement is a substantial reduction of allowable lead levels in products. The “safe harbor” criteria will
be reduced every two years,
from 600 parts per million
(ppm) with the passing of the act into law, to an eventual goal of no more than 100 ppm, effective three years from its enactment (2011).
In addition to all but banning lead, the new law will also
prohibit the sale of children’s products containing the phthalates DEHP, DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and BBP (benzyl butyl phthalate). Though PVC is not specifically mentioned in the text of the bill, one could suspect that, since it contains DEHP, it also falls under the umbrella of banned substances. Other improvements include: