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Consumer Product Safety Commission Spells Out Enforcement Policy On Lead Law

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today issued a press release, announcing that there will be a stay for implementation of enforcement for new lead limits in children’s products effective February 10.

The press release stated that no penalties would be imposed for anyone making, importing, distributing, or selling an ordinary children’s book printed after 1985.

Click here to read the CPSC press release.

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  1. michelle michelle

    I am very concerned. I have a sense that people are assuming that because ALA counsel said there is a ‘delay in prosecution’ and ‘statutory interpretation that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act does not apply to libraries, even if it applies to books’ all is well. The law is on the books. We are not done until these exceptions/exemptions are published.

    Libraries may seem to be out of the line of fire but WE ARE STILL AFFECTED.

    In one swoop, the CPA has ‘banned’ all children’s books published before 1985. The ones that have been reprinted since then may be safe, but what about all the others? Are we really willing to give away that much power without a fight? We celebrate ‘our freedom to read’ each year. We say that protecting the freedom to read is one of the most important jobs of a librarians. Here is an opportunity to act on our beliefs.

    Think abou it. We have materials in our collections that were published before 1985. If someone checks them out we are in violation of this law. If we sell them, we are also in violation. If we withdraw them they have to go somewhere but if we put them in the garbage we are ‘polluting’. The last option is to recycle them like we do computers, which incurs a cost to the library, and there is no mechanism in place do that yet. So what do we do?

    Additionally, when we remove materials of any age from our collections they have to have somewhere to go. Independent booksellers have played a very valuable role in taking our materials and moving them along to other owners, with minimal waste, while helping us earn money for other projects. If we don’t protect those lines of disbursal, what will we do with our used materials?

    ALA is supporting an economic stimulus package and dollars for libraries. Speaking up on CPSIA and the risks it imposes on small retailers, including used book dealers, is an even more concrete and direct way to keep people employed.

    There are so many more questions. Are we really looking at all the ramifications of this?

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