For those of you following the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (designed to decrease the levels of lead and phthalates in products intended for children 12 years of age or younger) and the interpretation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that the legislation covers books:
• As you know, on January 30th, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released an announcement to the Federal Register staying implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) until February 10, 2010.
• On March 24, US Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb) introduced legislation to amend the CPSIA to exempt ordinary books from the lead limits within the bill. This legislation specifically exempts books and would ensure that children continue to have access to safe, educational and entertaining reading materials.
For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission webpage on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act or the ALA Washington Office’s District Dispatch website.