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CPSC Reviewing Info Collections on Sleepwear, Toys, Antennas, Lawn Mowers

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting through Jan. 25 comments on the proposed extension of information collections associated with the following.

- Safety standard for the flammability of children’s sleepwear - sizes 0 through 6X, and safety standard for the flammability of children’s sleepwear - sizes 7 through 14: These standards address the fire hazard associated with small-flame ignition sources for children’s sleepwear manufactured for sale in or imported into the U.S. The standards also require manufacturers and importers of children’s sleepwear to collect information resulting from product testing and maintenance of the testing records.

- Requirements for electrically operated toys: The regulations in 16 CFR 1505 establish performance and labeling requirements for electrically operated toys and children’s articles to reduce unreasonable risks of injury to children from electric shock, electrical burns and thermal burns associated with those products. Manufacturers and importers of electrically operated toys and children’s articles are required to maintain records for three years on (1) material and production specifications; (2) the quality assurance program used; (3) results of all tests and inspections conducted; and (4) sales and distribution of electrically operated toys and children's articles.

- Safety standard for omnidirectional citizens band base station antennas: This standard establishes performance requirements for omnidirectional citizens band base station antennas to reduce unreasonable risks of death and injury that may result if an antenna contacts overhead power lines while being erected or removed from its site. The regulations implementing the standard (16 CFR 1204, subpart B) require manufacturers, importers and private labelers of antennas subject to the standard to test the antennas for compliance and maintain records of that testing.

- Safety standard for walk-behind power lawn mowers: This standard sets forth regulations prescribing requirements for a reasonable testing program to support certificates of compliance. In addition, section 14(a) of the CPSA requires manufacturers, importers and private labelers of a consumer product subject to a consumer product safety standard to issue a certificate stating that the product complies with all applicable consumer product safety standards. Section 14(a) also requires that the certificate of compliance be based on a test of each product or upon a reasonable testing program. The information collection is necessary because these regulations require manufacturers and importers to establish and maintain records to demonstrate compliance with the requirements for testing and labeling to support the certification of compliance.

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