“Ask the Consumer Products Safety Commission to Clarify New Child Products Rules to Protect Safe Handmade Toys and Clothes.”
[The following was originally posted on January 28, 2009.]
Today, bloggers are converging with a blog-in on the CPSIA issue — which has become such a huge topic of discussion for artisans and vintage sellers who sell children’s items. We encourage all of you to blog about the CPSIA today! See the Common room for more info.
Here are some of the latest headlines from the BuyHandmade blog:
Matt spoke with the CPSC and the exemptions are not yet a done deal, and they won’t be by February 10th. Congress gave the CPSC this new law, and it’s their job to figure out how to enforce it. The CPSC needs to decide which exemptions they can have within the framework of the current law. In other words, they are trying to clarify and interpret the law — and Congress wrote this law very broadly, albeit with good intentions.
This is why it’s so important for concerned crafters and vintage sellers contact their elected representatives in government. The CPSC told us that Rush & Waxman are the Congressmen who could deal directly with this issue. Please see the Etsy Action Kit for sample letters!
On the topic of exemptions, the CPSC can’t exempt groups of people (say, artisans or crafters). But they are looking at the issues of:
- One of a kind items (OOAK)
- Levels of production or scale of manufacturing
- Proposed exemptions include untreated cotton, wool, leather and wood, gems, steel.
After January 30th deadline, there will be another February 17th deadline for commenting on exemptions.