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Safety Standard Sought for High-Powered Magnet Sets

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is inviting written comments through Dec. 5 on a petition requesting that the Commission initiate a rulemaking to adopt a safety standard for high-powered magnet sets.

The petitioner describes the product as small rare earth magnets of various shapes, sizes, and flux indices (i.e., magnetic strength) that are commonly sold as sets designed to make sculptures, provide therapeutic benefits, or serve as educational or research tools. The petitioner asserts that these sets pose a risk of injury if misused in a way that results in ingesting, aspirating, or otherwise inserting more than one magnet into the body.

To address these risks, the petitioner is requesting that the CPSC promulgate a mandatory safety standard that includes specified performance standards, packaging standards, requirements for warnings and instructions for proper use, and an age recommendation of 14 years or older.

Earlier this year the CPSC removed its previous standard for high-powered magnet sets from its regulations pursuant to an appeals court decision vacating that standard.

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