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CPSIA and small business – Still ignored by the Senate

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Only 2 sites mention the CPSIA.

Feinstein’s mention relates to her dislike for the CPSC’s interpretation of toy sales after Feb 10 and a press release regarding proposed changes.

Klobuchar’s simply crows about her involvement in passing the law. It’s understandable other than the lack of consideration for craftspeople and homemade products businesses.

NEITHER say a word about the impact the CPSIA will have on small businesses, craftspeople, artisans and others who make, sell or resell handcrafted items.

What did your representatives say about it when you called them?

Who will you blame on Feb 10th if there are no changes to the CPSIA that provide relief for homemade products related businesses?

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I’m making as much racket as possible but no one seems to be listening. Not one response from any of my senators or congressmen. I will keep trying and hopefully our voices will be heard. CPSIA will destroy small business and make it even harder to find anything made in the USA.

I’m freaking out because I have my children’s products at the Dallas Market Center and my sales reps haven’t heard a THING about this!

I just spoke to my senators in Oregon and also my Congressman Peter DeFazio… DeFazio’s office says they are in communication with the CPSC about this “Improvement Act” with phone calls and now a letter to them with 8 or 9 different clarification questions. They are (as we all are) now awaiting a press release by the CPSC about this new law, which is reportedly going to say that it will NOT apply to resalers and will NOT apply to any item manufactured prior to Feb 10th. Yay!


At least the resale and thrift shops will be out of the woods if that is true. Simply eliminating the pre-Feb 10 stuff would solve both issues, you’d think.

Progress is good. Thanks for reporting in – and for calling your senators, etc.

We’re being heard . . . the articles like yours, the blogging, the grass roots movement, the letters emails and calls to representatives. Thank for the continued coverage Mark.

Today’s press release was a good start. Let’s hope there is another one coming for the handmade market. Let’s also hope common sense is applied and we are give guidance for a truly reasonable testing method. Exemptions of more materials that do not contain lead as well as acceptance of component testing.

I make childrens clothing, birthday outfits to be exact. If the cotton fabrics and threads I use for an applique on a cotton shirt (and all components come with certificates from my vendors stating they are lead free) how does cutting, sewing and ironing introduce lead into the equation? THAT is my big question. Common sense people. Please!

Component testing would go a long way toward fixing this without weakening the standards.

There are some conditions (heat, for example) that might introduce or alter materials, but they are rare – particularly for clothing.

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Only a dumb@ss would say that ironing your clothing would alter your clothing or create lead introduced into them. Lead irons anyone???

Biggest question….who will enforce this new law when no one really knows about it???

The 50 state attorneys general have authority to enforce it. There are 100 CPSC inspectors roaming the nation and there is a $600MM+ enforcement budget, so those inspector numbers will probably increase.

Enforcement is a joke. Have any of you ever endured an inspection by the CPSC police? I was paid two visits by their kind folks when one of my friendly competititors turned me in for selling custom made cotton nightgowns that were primarily sold to little girls who were dancing the part of Clara in the Nutcracker Suite ballet. (Others were sold to parents for their children to ride Polar Express trains and for Christmas Card portraits. ( None were sold as sleepwear.) CPSC hauled away $1000 of beautiful gowns, not mass made in some lead-laden China sweatshop, but each individually sewn by a US seamstress sitting at her sewing machine using a vintage pattern. Three years later, the case has never been resolved, so I am still subject to product recall, fines, and imprisonment for violating flammability standards.

Now I’m sitting on $150,000 of uncertified inventory, most of which is cotton and linen christening apparel. By the way, I’m 5 miles away from CPSC headquarters. Guess who is going to be the first one visited on February 10? Anyone know where I can get some yellow Police Hazard tape to mark off all the “Hazardous Waste” that I can’t sell in my store?

There are some conditions (heat, for example) that might introduce or alter materials, but they are rare – particularly for clothing.

Not sure what you’re saying here. Heat is used frequently in the garment manufacturing business. To my knowledge, I don’t think it is possible to change the materials into the regulated substances except by fission or fusion, and that much heat is not being used.

Eric Hs last blog post..Alert the media! The CPSC has a sense of humor

@Eric H and @anonymous – Ever ironed a shirt and found a stain on it that wasn’t there when you started?

A really simplistic example, which was the point I was trying to make: Heat might introduce something, but short of using the new Ronco Alchemy Iron, it isn’t going to do anything substantive.

Hey Mark, what’s with your site’s cookie reading thing? It’s listing “alert the media…” as Eric’s last blog post but that was mine. He doesn’t even blog over there.

Re: Ironing a shirt and finding a stain that “wasn’t there”. Okay, the iron might spit out some rust or whatever onto the fabric but it’s not heat that is the problem but the appliance. Second, it’s not necessarily true that the stain “wasn’t there”. Maybe you didn’t (couldn’t) see it. If you have grease on fabric, it may not be visible if it hasn’t been “set” yet but if you heat it and imbue it into the fiber, it’ll show up as darker or shinier spot.


RE: Eric and the post pointing back at your site, CommentLuv chases the URL that you provide when you make a comment, so that’s why it shows what it shows.

The iron comment is just making my point. Heat might change some materials but it wont change them into other materials and rust isnt summoned by some magical power from cotton or stainless steel.

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Below is a response to the recent comments I received from you:

Dear Mr. McRae:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your concerns.

On November 1, 2007, Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced the CPSC Reform Act (H.R. 4040). Besides increasing funding for the CPSC, this bill strengthens civil penalties for violations of the Consumer Product Safety Act, outlaws children’s products containing lead, and makes it illegal for retailers to sell recalled products. Additionally, H.R. 4040 requires the commission to enforce whistleblower protections for employees of manufacturers, importers and CPSC workers. This measure was passed by the House of Representatives on December 19, 2007, without opposition. On July 31, 2008, the Senate passed H.R. 4040 with my full support by a vote 89 to 3. On August 14, 2008, the President signed this bill into law.

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