Though in my opinion they were cutting it a little close, I am nevertheless relieved to report that the CPSC has granted a one-year stay on testing requirements for the CPSIA. According to the CSPC’s press release on the subject, “The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.” In addition, “The stay of enforcement … Read more »
Small businesses are pissed about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Really pissed. On the surface it sounds good, and it certainly has good intentions behind it, but it carries a lot of new requirements that could put a lot of individuals and small companies out of business during a time when it’s already hard enough to get by.
The CPSIA sets new standards for the amount of lead and phtalates allowed in children’s products — from clothing to toys to furniture — which is good, in theory. In practice, however, it requires every material in every component … Read more »
Today I attended a San Francisco Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the National Women’s Business Council — an advisory council that reports to the offices of the President and Members of Congress the issues that women in small business face every day. While it is obviously important to make your voice heard to your representatives in government, our concerns as small businesswomen could have been collected via e-mail or online survey. Such a method might have gotten more more responses (today’s event was limited to 200 participants) and certainly would have cost a lot less than … Read more »