Saturday, November 28, 2009

CPSIA - Love Them GCCs

Hope you love paperwork! Here is the list of products that NOW require GCCs to be legally sold in the U.S. under the CPSIA and related acts, bans, demonizations and paranoia documents (Appendix A):
  • All Terrain Vehicles
  • Architectural Glazing Materials
  • Bicycles
  • Bicycle Helmets
  • Bunk Beds
  • Carpets and rugs
  • CB Omnidirectional Base Station Antennas
  • Cellulose Insulation
  • Contact Adhesives
  • Cigarette and Multipurpose Lighters
  • Dive Sticks
  • Fireworks Devices
  • Garage Door Openers
  • Lawnmowers
  • Lead in paint (We knew about that one! But didja know: "Some applications are exempted including mirror back coatings, metal furniture, blinds, chandeliers, fixtures, appliances, manufactured windows, artist paints. Agricultural and industrial uses are also not covered. Touch up paints for the exempted applications that contain lead must be labeled.")
  • Matchbooks
  • Mattresses
  • Refrigerators
  • Refuse Bins (I was wondering when the CPSC would start regulating garbage cans!)
  • Swimming Pool Slides
  • Vinyl Plastic Film
  • Wearing Apparel (except hats, gloves, andfootwear)

These items may have exceptions - you will have to scrutinize every word of the 31-pager issued by the CPSC to know the full extent of your requirements.

I have always said, there ain't no problem that can't be made better with more paperwork! Pretty soon the CPSC may require that we exchange GCCs before shaking hands (noting the application of Purell at all appropriate times). Nothing Orwellian or self-destructive about this mania, is there???

Okay everybody, call your suppliers and get all that paper flowing!

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