Law gone crazy

15 years 3 months ago #16681 by beedee
Law gone crazy was created by beedee
Just reading a website and came across this, admittedly in the USA now but we know how things trickle across the ocean to us, so those with cottage industry, beware

The CPSIA (Consumer Produce Safety Improvement Act) was passed in August 2008 and goes into effect on February 10, 2009. It was passed in response to recent lead paint scares involving imported toys. While all good parents wants safe toys and other products for their children, the unfortunate truth is that this law was written FAR too broadly.

Because this over-reaching law mandates expensive ($400 - $4,000 per test) testing on every part of every batch of everything made for children 12 and under, the ramifications are terrible. Mid-size and small companies of all sorts will go out of business as they cannot afford the testing. If a company makes clothing, for example, they would have to test every batch of every color and style of fabric, every batch of buttons, snaps, zippers, thread, elastic, etc. Even if they used the same bolt of fabric to make several different products, simply testing that one bolt would not appease the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Instead, every size of every style of finished product would have to have every component tested individually! This scenario applies to every product made for use by children - clothing, books, DVD's, craft products, toys, sporting goods, furniture, bedding, educational products, and so forth - even if the items are made from completely natural components.

Here are just a few results of this law:
1. The children's resale market will be seriously impacted. While new updates to the CPSIA state that resale shops can continue to sell used children's items without testing them, the updates also state that no one can sell used children's items that violate the new testing standard. Selling these "banned hazardous materials" is a felony offense with a $100,000 fine and jail time - and without performing the testing, resale shops and other resellers have no way of knowing if their items are in compliance. Many used children's items venues just aren't willing to take that kind of risk and are closing their doors in spite of the updates to the CPSIA.
2. The used children's book market will cease to exist.
3. All small and cottage industries related to children's products will have to close their doors. This includes natural, organic, and/or handmade products.
4. Many mid-size companies are closing because of the enormous financial burden of the testing and the paperwork nightmare created by the necessary labeling, tracking, and certification of their products.
5. Many homeschool authors and publishers will be going out of business.
6. The economy will be impacted on several levels: economically challenged families who rely on the children's resale market will suffer, families who lose their businesses will suffer, and families with members who lose their jobs due to businesses closing will suffer. Many related industries (those who produce support products like packaging, equipment, etc.) will suffer from the loss of companies who once bought their products. The companies who can afford the testing will surely pass their costs to all of us.
7. The environmental impact will be staggering as resale shops and other business are forced to dispose of their inventory, and as families who would have donated or sold their children's used items will be forced to discard them.
8. Our freedom to choose the products that we feel are best for our children will be severely hampered. We, for example, place a high value on children's toys made from natural materials like wood or wool, or items that are handmade. We will no longer be able to purchase these items for our children.
9. At this point, libraries will have to ban children 12 and under OR remove all children's books. I have no idea what the impact will be on schools!

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15 years 3 months ago #249384 by Prim
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I have read emails from American friends, and it is having an impact on them and their selling and buying. Etsy sellers are especially nervous, I think.

However, my (limited) understanding of it is that it doesn't cover older products? So, it covers new, but not used item.

I think.

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15 years 3 months ago #249388 by beedee
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Lets take Ronnie's slippers as an example, any she makes after this month, have to have every item checked for levels of cadmium, lead and other levels.. and that means every skin, dye,thread she uses.. I have read the legal link and another big problem is that they havent decided what is acceptable, who may do the testing and how the testing is done.
s o she certainly wont be able to take any possie hides from K303..
wonder when there is a child shot, if that person will be prosecuted for using a product contain lead on a child under 12 ????! ;)

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