ANSI new safety standard for nails guns ignores a decade of injury research. It’s process largely excluded those directly affected—consumers and workers—and was dominated by groups with an interest in the unsafe status quo.
Learning about a hairdresser with asbestos-related cancer made me curious about my circa 1980 hair dryer.
What do these places have in common: Camp Lejeune in North Carolina; Mountain View, California, where Google headquarters are located; Endicott, NY – the birthplace of IBM; and 389 Superfund sites in at least 48 states plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands? All are contaminated by trichloroethylene (TCE), a carcinogenic solvent. TCE’s health hazards are well-documented. So why are Republicans rushing to condemn EPA’s just-completed TCE risk assessment?
While the Senate is pressing the EPA to prevent future chemical disasters, legislation has been introduced in Congress that would, if enacted, make it harder for the public to obtain information about chemical hazards, either in industrial storage tanks or consumer products. While state and local governments – and many manufacturers – are responding to growing public is demand for safer chemicals and more information about chemicals used in products – industry trade associations are promoting legislation that appears to counter that progress.
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts) compiles an inventory of nanotech-enabled consumer products, and they recently announced that they’ve identified 1,000 nano products. Given the many concerns about effects of nanoparticles on workers’ health, human tissues, and even our water supply, […]
Three physicians and researchers from the Capital UniversityÂ ofÂ Medical Sciences (Beijing, China) have published a case report in the European Respiratory JournalÂ describing severe lung disease in seven female workers employed at a shop where they applied polyacrylic coatings to polystyrene boards.Â The lung disease is just one part of the story—two of the women died (ages […]
University of Maryland Law Professor Rena Steinzor called for fundamental changes to the role of OMB’sÂ Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)Â in federal regulatory review, at a House Committee hearing held on April 30.Â The Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of theÂ Committee on Science and Technology has been examiningÂ OIRA’s functions and responsibilities, withÂ theÂ chairman stating: “…Though […]
Cross-posted from CPR Blog, by Rena Steinzor Weâve written a great deal about Cass Sunstein, the Harvard law professor who is expected to get the nod to be the âregulatory czarâ for the Obama Administration.Â Â In a nutshell, our concern is that Sunstein will stifle the efforts of health, safety, and environmental protection agencies to […]
By Jerome Paulson Starting on February 10th, companies won’t be able to sell children’s products that contain more than 600 parts per million total lead. The Consumer Product Safety CommissionÂ recently clarified the requirements under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, and put to rest the fear that thrift stores and consignment stores would have to […]
Members of the media are gravely enumerating all the challenging circumstances that President-Elect Obama faces (financial collapse, two wars, global climate disruption, etc), so itâs worth noting that this is also a tough time for product safety. Recent problems with lead in childrenâs toys, contaminated food, and tainted drugs have demonstrated how many holes exist […]