Tag Archives: CPSIA

Rep. Fortenberry reintroduces bill to amend Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

A year ago this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released their Report to Congress regarding difficulties encountered with enforcing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The report reaffirms the Commission’s belief that Congress did not intend to impose the strict lead ban – as imposed by section 101(a) of CPSIA – for ordinary books. However, the report states ... Read More »

Consumer Product Safety Commission releases Report to Congress on CPSIA

On Friday the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released its Report to Congress regarding difficulties encountered with enforcing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The report notes that used books have emerged as a particular problem due to the retroactive nature of the law, adding that the retroactive applicability of the lead limits creates problems for libraries. Additionally, the report ... Read More »

CPSC Issues Rule Regarding Lead Standards; More Guidance To Come for Libraries

As the American Library Association (ALA) has emphasized since first enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), concern for children’s safety is our first priority in providing materials to young patrons. On August 26, 2009, the CPSC’s final rule on children’s products containing lead was released. In the rule, CPSC confirmed that libraries have no independent obligation to ... Read More »

ALA: U.S. Rep. Fortenberry’s legislation will protect books from regulation

Nebraska congressman introduces bill to amend consumer safety act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jenni Terry WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) supports legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) yesterday to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) to exempt ordinary books from the lead limit within the act.  This is a welcome step toward ensuring ... Read More »

Consumer Product Safety Commission: Lead Issue Update

The ALA Washington Office consulted attorney Nathan Brown who  advised that ALA’s comment letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission offered a statutory interpretation that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act does not apply to libraries, even if it applies to books. Additionally, members of Congress have been telling ALA the same thing — the law was not intended to ... Read More »