CPSIA and Product Safety News Roundup
What this ultimately means is that suppliers have known since 2008 that a 100 ppm lead limit was coming. I've spoken extensively with Rick Brenner, CEO of Prime Line, about this topic, and he agrees that suppliers have had time to bring their products up to code. Prime Line, for example, has taken this seriously for years. "We're speccing every product in our line so if it was used as a children's product, it would pass the CPSIA regulations," Rick told me a few weeks ago. "We've chosen to spec everything to be either lead-free or less than 100 parts-per-million. We've been doing that for a long time, we have our own lab installed here at Prime, we've had it since 2007."
Rick, along with Gene Geiger, CEO of Geiger, will be co-chairing the Product Safety Summit in Denver next week, where they will be discussing the CPSIA, the challenges about compliance, and what suppliers and distributors can do to help. Stay tuned next week for more about the PSS.
Prime Line isn't the only company taking this seriously, of course. This week Norwood issued a press release showing that their children's products already meet the 100 ppm limit, and in a comment on that story Maria LaFichi, executive vice president of toy supplier Zenith Promotions said, "Of course our products are compliant..and meet the lead levels. We knew this would be coming for a long time. I would like to believe that the entire industry is compliant!"
So would we all. Reading Maria's comment got me thinking, how do we know who is prepared to comply come next week? A majority of suppliers already have products that meet the 100 ppm limit (and legally, they must in order to keep selling them), but without promoting that fact no one may know. Let's get the word out.