According to news sources, high-ranking items on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC’s) 2013 agenda include (i) eliminating the use of flameretardant chemicals in upholstered furniture, (ii) addressing carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings, (iii) assessing brain injuries related to playing sports, (iv) developing more comprehensive safety standards for recreational off-highway vehicles, and (v) monitoring window blind safety. The agency also reportedly plans to increase enforcement efforts and port surveillance as well as complete outstanding Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) matters, including the “104 Rules” for durable infant products and a phthalates study.
CPSC Chair Inez Tenenbaum has reportedly indicated that the agency also plans to engage in additional collaborative processes as it did with the University of Alabama and National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2012 on a study showing that existing technology can increase escape time from CO emissions. “Our future is to be proactive, to work with academia, or federal and state agencies to do research, present it to the voluntary standards committee, and see a change in the standard that would be more helpful,” Tenenbaum said. Other issues the commission plans to examine in 2013 include introducing table saw safety, gel fuels and fuel pots proposals. See Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, January 28, 2013.