Friday, January 09, 2009

News from the trenches about CPSIA and books

Well there is some good news on the CPSIA front. Today the CPSC announced :

The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.

The best blog on the subject comes from Rick Woldenberg, but we still don't really know what it means because resellers are still liable should they sell prohibited materials.

The in-coming ALA President has started a wiki to get input for their town-hall meeting at the mid-winter meeting in a couple of weeks. Anyone can join and post issues, such as CPSIA, that need to be brought to the attention of President Obama and the American Library Association.

If you want to send comments directly to the CPSC they have plenty of info on their website about commenting directly on CPSIA. For instance if you want to comment on the mandatory testing send an e-mail to

Also contact your local libraries, elected officals, school boards, US Reps ... anyone and everypone - if you don't know how to find them, ask me

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