Jeff Stier of the American Council on Science and Health wrote a blistering opinion piece
for the New York Post
today, claiming that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act will cost tens of thousands of Americans their jobs. It's the latest in a round of stories that seem to want to backtrack on the bill which would require better safety standards for products made for kids (here's a three-parter
The build-up of anti-CPSIA stories probably signals a fight looming before the February 10 deadline for implementation of the bill's testing component.
The Consumers Union team
working on the issue stresses that the law doesn't need to be rolled back but the Consumer Product Safety Commission does need to step in.
In our opinion, it’s not Congress’ turn to act quickly – they already have in passing legislation that will help ensure the safety of the products placed in the hands of children and stave off the need to recall millions upon millions of unsafe products as we’ve seen over the past two years. The onus for action should be squarely placed on the leadership of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which needs to find appropriate ways to address legitimate concerns for possible exemptions from testing requirements without undermining the purpose of the new law - to ensure that products are safe.
This is a topic the Safety blog has been following closely and will continue to cover as the February 10 deadline approaches.