Matthew Dreyfus Participating in an ASTM Committee D-20 Phthalates Task Group Meeting on Phthalates Test Methods

Nov
13
2017
Matthew Dreyfus Participating in an ASTM Committee D-20 Phthalates Task Group Meeting on Phthalates Test Methods
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST
11/13/17 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST
Atlanta, GA
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2017-11-13 14:30:00 2017-11-13 16:30:00 America/New_York Matthew Dreyfus Participating in an ASTM Committee D-20 Phthalates Task Group Meeting on Phthalates Test Methods

Matthew Dreyfus, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, will be participating in an ASTM Committee D-20 Phthalates Task Group meeting on Phthalates Test Methods in Atlanta, GA via conference call. The conference call was requested by the task group chair and is scheduled for 2:30 PM. For more information contact Matthew Dreyfus (mdreyfus@cpsc.gov).  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 11/3/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 11/8/17. 

Atlanta, GA

Matthew Dreyfus, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, will be participating in an ASTM Committee D-20 Phthalates Task Group meeting on Phthalates Test Methods in Atlanta, GA via conference call. The conference call was requested by the task group chair and is scheduled for 2:30 PM. For more information contact Matthew Dreyfus (mdreyfus@cpsc.gov).  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 11/3/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 11/8/17. 

Release date: November 3, 2017
Release number: 18-024

Release Details

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a Final Decision and Order on October 26, 2017, holding that Zen Magnets and Neoballs rare-earth magnet sets (Zen Magnets) are a substantial product hazard. The Commission ordered a stop sale of Zen Magnets and ordered the parties to submit to the Commission within 30 days a proposed corrective action plan that includes a refund and notice to the public.  The Commission’s Final Decision and Order sets aside a March 2016 administrative law judge’s ruling that Zen Magnets did not present a substantial product hazard when accompanied by warnings and proper age recommendations and that had ordered only a partial recall of Zen Magnets.

In issuing the Final Decision and Order, CPSC Commissioners Marietta S. Robinson, Robert S. Adler and Elliot F. Kaye held that Zen Magnets are defective, that the defect creates a substantial risk of injury to the public, and that warnings do not mitigate the risk. The Commission held that it is reasonably foreseeable that children will ingest Zen Magnets. When two or more magnets are ingested, they can attract to each other, or to other metallic objects that are ingested, across loops of bowel or other tissue; once attached, the magnets become lodged in the digestive system and cannot separate on their own. Ingested magnets that press against digestive tissue and are not removed within approximately 8 hours can cause catastrophic injuries and death. Surgery to remove multiple magnets from the gastrointestinal tracts of children has been required, and tragically, a 19-month-old girl died after ingesting similar high-powered magnets.

Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle issued an opinion concurring with the majority’s decision to recall a portion of the magnets, but dissenting from the majority’s view that a design defect can arise solely as a result of product misuse.

In August 2012, CPSC staff filed an administrative complaint against Zen Magnets LLC, alleging that the magnet sets contain product defects that create a substantial risk of injury to the public. The complaint sought an order for Zen Magnets LLC to stop sale of the magnet sets, notify consumers of the recall, issue refunds and destroy all remaining recalled magnets.

It is illegal under federal law for any person to sell, offer for sale, manufacture, distribute in commerce, or import into the United States any Zen Magnets and Neoballs.

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Scott Ayers and Other CPSC Staff Attending the Flame Jetting Awareness Teleconference

Jan
18
2018
Scott Ayers and Other CPSC Staff Attending the Flame Jetting Awareness Teleconference
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
1/18/18 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Rockville, MD
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2018-01-18 13:00:00 2018-01-18 15:00:00 America/New_York Scott Ayers and Other CPSC Staff Attending the Flame Jetting Awareness Teleconference

Scott Ayers, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff will attend the Flame Jetting Awareness teleconference from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.  For more information on this meeting, please contact Scott Ayers (sayers@cpsc.gov).  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 11/3/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 11/3/17. 

Rockville, MD

Scott Ayers, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff will attend the Flame Jetting Awareness teleconference from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.  For more information on this meeting, please contact Scott Ayers (sayers@cpsc.gov).  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 11/3/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 11/3/17. 

Michael Taylor and Other CPSC Staff Participating in the Fall ASTM F15.42 Clothing Storage Unit Subcommittee Meeting

Nov
09
2017
Michael Taylor and Other CPSC Staff Participating in the Fall ASTM F15.42 Clothing Storage Unit Subcommittee Meeting
9:00 am to 3:00 pm EST
11/9/17 9:00 am to 3:00 pm EST
High Point, NC
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2017-11-09 09:00:00 2017-11-09 15:00:00 America/New_York Michael Taylor and Other CPSC Staff Participating in the Fall ASTM F15.42 Clothing Storage Unit Subcommittee Meeting

Michael Taylor, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, and other CPSC staff will be participating in the Fall ASTM F15.42 Clothing Storage Unit subcommittee meeting at the High Point Chamber of Commerce; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in High Point, NC. The group will discuss the ASTM F2057-17 Standard Safety Specification for Clothing Storage Units and continuing work by the task groups. The biannual meeting was requested by ASTM. For additional information, please contact Michael Taylor, mtaylor@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 11/1/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 11/2/17. 

High Point, NC

Michael Taylor, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, and other CPSC staff will be participating in the Fall ASTM F15.42 Clothing Storage Unit subcommittee meeting at the High Point Chamber of Commerce; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in High Point, NC. The group will discuss the ASTM F2057-17 Standard Safety Specification for Clothing Storage Units and continuing work by the task groups. The biannual meeting was requested by ASTM. For additional information, please contact Michael Taylor, mtaylor@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 11/1/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 11/2/17. 

Acting Chairman Buerkle and Staff Meeting with GS1 US

Nov
02
2017
Acting Chairman Buerkle and Staff Meeting with GS1 US
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
11/2/17 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Bethesda, MD
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2017-11-02 16:30:00 2017-11-02 17:30:00 America/New_York Acting Chairman Buerkle and Staff Meeting with GS1 US

Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle and staff will meet with representatives of GS1 US, including Angela Fernandez, Vice President, Industry Engagement, to discuss collaboration related to imports. The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Bethesda Towers, Room 724.  The meeting was requested by Lori Denham, Kountoupes Denham Carr & Reid.  For additional information contact Katelyn Costello at 301-504-7237. Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 11/1/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 11/1/17.

Bethesda, MD

Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle and staff will meet with representatives of GS1 US, including Angela Fernandez, Vice President, Industry Engagement, to discuss collaboration related to imports. The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Bethesda Towers, Room 724.  The meeting was requested by Lori Denham, Kountoupes Denham Carr & Reid.  For additional information contact Katelyn Costello at 301-504-7237. Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 11/1/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 11/1/17.

Doug Lee Participating in a National Electrical Code (NEC) Code Making Panel (CMP) 2 Task Group Teleconference

Nov
10
2017
Doug Lee Participating in a National Electrical Code (NEC) Code Making Panel (CMP) 2 Task Group Teleconference
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
11/10/17 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
Rockville, MD
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2017-11-10 12:00:00 2017-11-10 13:00:00 America/New_York Doug Lee Participating in a National Electrical Code (NEC) Code Making Panel (CMP) 2 Task Group Teleconference

Doug Lee, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, participating in a National Electrical Code (NEC) Code Making Panel (CMP) 2 task group teleconference to discuss public input proposals for the 2020 revision of the NEC; 6:00 a.m.  The teleconference was requested by, John McCamish, CMP 2 Task Group 2 Chair. For additional information contact Doug Lee,(301) 987-2073; e-mail: dlee@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 11/1/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 11/2/17.  

Rockville, MD

Doug Lee, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, participating in a National Electrical Code (NEC) Code Making Panel (CMP) 2 task group teleconference to discuss public input proposals for the 2020 revision of the NEC; 6:00 a.m.  The teleconference was requested by, John McCamish, CMP 2 Task Group 2 Chair. For additional information contact Doug Lee,(301) 987-2073; e-mail: dlee@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 11/1/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 11/2/17.