Chemicals Management In Consumer Product Safety Planning

Law360, New York (September 2, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT) -- A random snapshot of voluntary “defective” product recalls performed in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission typically will reveal a predictable array of mechanical, electrical or thermal causes. In the chemicals area, however — apart from the occasional outlier (e.g., an allergic reaction to a chemical, a chemical leaking from a household container) — product recalls typically are undertaken for failure to comply with a CPSC ban or standard, most often the CPSC restrictions on lead in children’s products.

Although the CPSC is the principal federal agency responsible for consumer product safety in the U.S., in today’s environment well-informed...

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