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This is online at: http://www.CraftLister.com/CPSIA/
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CPSIA Update: Rally in Washington on April 1 st!
http://AmendTheCPSIA.com/

CraftLister.com's Louy will be in attendance. See you there!

Date and Location: 10:00am, April 1 at the Capitol Visitors Center, Room HVC201 A&B, The U.S. Capitol.
More information on the Visitor’s Center is: http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/

Speakers will include Members of Congress and representatives from:
* Charitable Organizations
* National Association of Manufacturers
* Small Business owners from various industries affected by CPSIA
* Motorcycle and ATV dealerships
* Publishers and Library Associations
* Product safety and lead experts (to discuss science-based risk assessment)

Confirmed Participating Organizations (as of March 16, 2009):

* Alliance for Children’s Product Safety
* American Apparel and Footwear Association
* American Motorcycle Association
* Fashion Jewelry Trade Association;
* Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
* Handmade Toy Alliance
* International Sleep Products Association
* Motorcycle Industry Council
* National Association of Manufacturers
* National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops
* National Bulk Vendors Association
* Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
* Toy Industry Association

For additional information on the rally, please contact the Alliance for Children’s Product Safety at 202-828-7637 or http://AmendTheCPSIA.com/


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This is online at: http://www.CraftLister.com/CPSIA/

FANTASTIC overview by a actual crafts person about how CPSIA will affect their business:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWsrvOjQvSo


Hello!

I am a 25 year veteran exhibitor of the PA, NY, NJ art and craft shows circuit and the creator of CraftLister.com, the largest online directory of art and craft shows nation-wide used by at least 100,000 registered professional Art and Craft exhibitors who claim a total of over 2.5 billion in sales yearly.

The new children's product lead-testing requirements of HR4040, The 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act ( CPSIA ) ( Public Law 110-314 ), will leave many individual artists and crafters unable to comply, thereby decimating the American hand-made marketplace for yet another product category: HAND-MADE TOYS & CHILDRENS PRODUCTS And since children's toys are one of the few things one can make without lasers, furnaces, forges, production robots, chip foundries, etc. this lost product category will leave most children's product craftsmen, primairily elderly folks, without hope.

While no one can deny the need for safe toys, a protective measure can certainly be taken too far. Most crafters could certainly start obtaining certification of their purchased raw supplies from their manufacturers; the problem arises for crafters when even though all their components are known to be TESTED to be certified safe, the end product also must be TESTED and certified at enormous cost for the crafter. The to CraftLister.com reported average GROSS sales for a professional weekend crafter is only $26,000 in sales per year before supply, booth, & travel costs, etc.. If they must pay around $500-$5,000 each year for each of say 5 different toys, it becomes obvious that NO crafter but the most production-line and mass-scale-automated-production ones will be able to compete. This means all the slave labor in China factories are safe in job security, but our to-the-bone slaving parent's self made jobs are done for.

Make no mistake, as the act stands all toys and products for children must be certified. No distinction is made for handmade wooden trucks, cloth dolls, pvc pipe marshmallow guns, wood puzzles, step up stools, burp rags, ribbon ponytails, barrettes, doll clothes, shopping cart covers, baby slings, mop dolls etc. etc. HR 4040 also does not allow for certification of 100% of the used components in hand-made items to automatically validate undeniably safe hand-made products as compliant.

More globally, this law will affect more than just toys. As it is currently written it encompasses jewelry, clothing, room decor, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, EDUCATIONAL AIDS, art work, ART SUPPLIES, pillows, linens, furniture, so on & etc. if it is made for or looks like it\'s for someone 12 & under to use it will be subject to the certified testing. Even HAND-ME-DOWNS & vintage items as resales or trades, think flea market, swap meets, yard/ garage sales, eBay & Craigslist, will be subject to the testing. There was even an article in the LA Times on Jan 2 indicating that thrift stores would be junked: "They'll all have to go to the landfill," said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops.

Crafters are asking for a distinction to be made for US hand-made toys such that crafters and artists can verify compliance of their final product via documentation of all raw supplies having been tested and certified as toxic free.

This law must be revised to specifically address and allow for the legal hand-made production of one-of-a-kind toys and other children's products without expensive testing where it is unwarranted.

in 2007, LARGE toy manufactures outsourced to CHINA and DANGEROUS garbage came back. Congress jerked their knee and within 8 short months, out popped HR 4040. Now, small US toy makers must submit to laws that no mom-and-pop shop should ever be expected to nor will ever be able to. RATHER than reducing national corporate outsourcing, which will always endanger us with inferior and toxic products, we received legislation that only outlaws 2 hazardous substances and legislates unnecessary labeling and documentation on costly testing for these 2 substances while ignoring thousands of other dangerous chemical compounds and entirely ignoring other aspects of child-toy safety.

The VERY same large corporate businesses that sold foreign produced toys with toxic compounds, will be able to DO costly tests (for probably only the 2 legislated dangerous compounds, WHILE they cut costs in other areas with new hazards) on their limited product lines to certify them for sale and consumption, while small-scale production hand-made US crafters who have not been cited with adding toxic compounds to toys will go out of business. Get it? The ones responsible for proven negligently dangerous, foreign manufactured toys will stay in business. US makers of SAFE hand-made, NATURAL toys will PERISH. - FOREVER - !

The CPSIA was supported by major toy manufactures and major outlet stores and their associations. It is no wonder, as they stand to benefit in every way. Yet another micro-industry will be beyond the means of every-day people when it becomes a felony to do something as simple sell a wooden toy you hand-made from wood grown on your own property.

Also, it seems the major fear about lead components is actually fear of lead paint. Lead paint is illegal in the US. The toys with led paint were made in China. In the supply line of Us paint is lead free, why should a US made toy be tested for lead paint????

Last I heard, lead is as toxic to those above 12 yeas of age as under it... So while maybe only youngsters eat their toys, what about lead paint on adult products being touched by adults? What about the lead in adult products after they go the the landfill or to the side of the road? Lets get rid of Lead, AND Mercury, AND OTHER TOXIC SUBSTANCES where they is unnecessary except to lower production costs from ALL products for the sake of ALL aged humans, for all like on Earth, and for the all future generations of life on Earth.

One thing that also concerns me is that importers already sneak the following into the US somehow: bootleg music, video and PC CD's, fake pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs, even human slaves. Are we really expecting these folk to check their toys with customs? If they forge pharmaceutical labels and CD holograms, I think that a toy label would be simple enough. This possibility is a concern for me, because as the creator of CraftLister.com and EventLister.com I hear much about the industry, and as a 25 year veteran exhibitor I see for myself the craft industry, and for the last few years imported fake-hand-made crafts, children's products included, have been FLOODING the craft show marketplace. Many past quality art and craft shows are now 75% buy-sell China-made junk. The FACTS of the situation is that MOST of these exhibitors peddling Chinese products are systematically lying to promoters and their end customers and claiming to manufacture these foreign products. Their process involves them fraudulently claiming on event applications that they make the items, it involves them removing any 'Made in China' stickers and any other labeling, it also involves deception to the end consumer. Given this situation, most crafters are not really worried about the 'toy police' descending on craft shows come Feb, as they know most events already have exhibitors selling merchandise with federally mandated origin labeling removed – yet nothing is being done.

Please contact me if I can help you!

Louis Marquette
CraftLister.com
570-504-4304
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Requested Modifications to HR 4040

     Proof of 100% of component compliance should be enough for hand-made products.

     Automatic assumption of component compliance for ALL natural, normally lead-free components, such as wood, glue, nails, wood stain, wood varnish & lacquer, glass, stone, ALL fibers such as cotton & hemp, ALL untreated animal products such as wool, silk, & untanned leather, ALL synthetic fibers already approved for children such as polyester, etc. This automatic compliance assumption should extend to any other materials known by science to not contain lead. The current short list of natural materials listed in CPSC's proposed HR4040 revisions are INADEQUITE FOR CRAFTERS!

     Allow compliance certification to be passed with the sale of a product. A supplier's third party certification should moot your own testing of an unmodified product as happens with flammability certification.
     
     Existing stock should not have to be immediately wasted, there should be some accommodation for existing stock. As it stands, almost all stocked children's products in any store or warehouse anywhere will need to be destroyed!!!

     Adjustments for Small Business:

          - Limits of production under which certification is not required. This could include reduced certification requirements without removal of the liability, similar to how FDA mandated food labeling works.

          - Removal of the concept of 'lots' as they can not be applied to hand-made items. If only ONE of an item is made, that unit itself would be destroyed by the proposed required testing. This law must specifically address and allow for the legal hand-made production of one-of-a-kind toys without expensive testing.


Automatic assumption of component compliance for natural, normally lead-free components, such as:

The Earth Itself
-stone: any rock/mineral/crystal other than known lead ores should be exempt.
-metals such as: Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Sterling Silver, Gold, Copper, Platinum, Palladium, etc.
-water, NaCl salt, CO, sugar, etc. ad infinitum – all these and many other chemical compounds are by their nature lead free below requirements.

Flora
-wood, bark, roots, leaves, reproductive structures (cones, seeds, fruit, flowers etc)
-all natural fibers such as cotton & hemp
-dried flowers & botanicals
-human food-grade flora products such as: milled grain (flour), extracted oils, esters, seeds, vegetable dyes
-other flora products: carnauba wax, dyes

Fauna
-all animal/fish/insect/microbe parts such as wool, feathers, hair, fur, whiskers, claws, horns, untanned skin, seashells, bones
-all animal/fish/insect/microbe products such as oils, milk, silk, shellac, bee wax, honey, alcohol, pearls


While not natural, other materials used as raw supplies by crafters are known to be lead free:

- supplies made themselves from only natural products: wooden dowels or pegs (made only of wood), burlap (made only of plant fiber), etc.
-synthetic fibers already approved for children such as polyester, etc. All cloth, ribbon, thread, etc. that is already sold in stores as approved for home garment fabrication.
-glue
-nails
-rubber bands
-pipe cleaners
-wood stain & varnish
-paraffin wax (a petroleum wax)
-wire garland and curling ribbon ( used for halo's )
-glass & glass even with metals in matrix; as even if ingested, these metals do not leech.


Is our supply line itself safe? Isn't all the US sold cloth, thread, glue, etc. tested and known-to-be-safe before we buy it? If not, shouldn't we make the whole supply line safe so that ALL end products are?

An option to consider is optional government testing instead of third party labs. This allows for standardization of testing, lower costs based on their larger volume, and the beneficial fact that more aspects of the toy can be tested and even obvious defects that no set-criteria could cover could yet be seen in person and during mock-use. Also, with government toy testing, even the smallest toy maker could have at least one product sent in for a free gloss over inspection (hopefully free), while the next level of production might have to send one of each product line but not in every color (for a non-profit fee), and the most produced toys of course thoroughly inspected and tested (for a 10% profit).

The process of properly and intelligently constructing effective legislation needs to be improved! What I find most offensive about the whole matter is that this law was voted in almost unanimously when it is so obviously flawed to even someone as ignorant about legislation as myself. How were all these problems ( arts & craft industry is but one cottage industry of many experiencing interpretation and implementation problems from what I read) not seen in foresight? No matter what, we now have a law on the books that will always stand. There may be revisions, amendments, updates, or corrections, but this mistake will always exist and will always only complicate our law codex.

Louis Marquette
CraftLister.com
570-504-4304

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FANTASTIC overview by a actual crafts person about how CPSIA will affect their business:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWsrvOjQvSo

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What Can YOU DO? - & - What YOU Can DO!

RALLY! CPSIA Rally in Washington on April 1 st! http://AmendTheCPSIA.com/

Join the CPSIA mailing list from SPSC.gov AND submit suggested revisions once on it!
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsialist.aspx - you must be on the CPSIa mailing list to submit comments to them! Do SO!

FILE YOUR COMMENTS and REQUESTS FOR CHANGES with the CPSC:

     EMAIL: Sec101Determinations@cpsc.gov
     Put in subject line: "Section 101{a) Determinations."
     Everyone should put the supplies, parts, etc. that they need exempted
     Post a copy of your supplies here too: http://www.craftlister.com/message_board.php?PageType=ShowPost&PostID=6612

     Also: The form at: http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/ComponentPartsComments.pdf
indicates that CPSC is accepting Comments on HR 4040. Comments must be received by the Office of the Secretary no later than January 30, 2009. Comments may be filed by email to Sec102ComponentPartsTesting@cpsc.gov. Comments may also be filed by facsimile (fax) to 301-504-0127 or by mail or delivery to the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 502, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814. Comments should be captioned “Section 102 Mandatory Third- Party Testing of Component Parts.”

Tell ALL your local news outlets that this is a local story! They may do an story on YOUR craft
business!

Email and ALL your friends & business acquaintances that they will be affected!!! Most people have never heard of this new law and need warning!

Petitions you can Sign or Vote for
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsialist.aspx - you must get on the CPSIa mailing list to submit comments to them! Do SO!
http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions_20081217_private_url
http://www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/handmadetoys/
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/economicimpactsofCPSIA/


Goto Change.gov , specifically the following URL, signup, search for 'cpsia', then vote! It found 32 for me on 1/4/09
http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions_20081217_private_url


CALL your REPRESENTATIVES ! ! http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Tell them you aren't pleased with the way the House wrote this bill or the fact that the Senate passed it in its current form, and that it is in dire need of reform before it sinks small businesses under exorbitant testing costs for products that are made using natural materials.
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Call Nancy Nord. She's the acting head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and she needs to hear from you. To reach her, call 301-504-7923 and ask for her; if she's busy, leave a brief, polite, but firm message. In addition, you can contact Juliel Vallese at the CPSC at 301-504-7908 or fax her at 301-504-0339. REMEMBER: - The CPSC only enforces the law, you must contact make congress change it!!!

Call the CPSC ombudsman's office. The number is 888-531-9070. Again, the CPSC only enforces the law, you must make congress change it.

Email your opinion to the white house: comments@whitehouse.gov

Join the Class Action Lawsuit against CPSIA:
http://reformcpsia.org/2009/01/class-action-lawsuit/


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HR4040, The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act ( CPSIA ) of 2008
Public Law 110-314
Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1]
106 Co-Sponsors listed here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:HR04040:@@@P
Senate Vote On Passage 79 to 13 here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=s2008-41
Full text of the Enrolled Bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-4040
More info about it: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-4040

Summary of CPSIA - as compiled by Toy Industry Association, Inc.
http://www.toyassociation.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=CPSIA&TEMPLATE=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=6668

Summary of CPSIA - as provided by the AAFA - Word Doc
http://www.narts.org/safety/CPSIA_summary_AAFA.doc

Overview of CPSIA - as provided by NSF International
http://nsf.org/business/toy_testing/CPSIA.pdf

CPSC - Info on the CPSIA
http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.html#whatsnew

CPSC Public Meetings - Watch Past Meetings Online/Download the Presentations     
Sept 4, 2008 Overview (Presentations Only) - http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/overview.html
Oct 16, 2008 All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) - http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/atv.html
Nov 6, 2008 Lead - http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsialead.html
Nov 7, 2008 (XRF) Testing and Other Methods for Lead in Paint - http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/xrf.html

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CraftLister.com Creator Louis Marquette on the CPSIA as it affects Hand-Made Crafters
http://www.CraftLister.com/CPSIA/

The Letters of the Law in Question: HR4040: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008
A copy of the actual law as it stands today:
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_bills&docid=f:h4040eas.txt.pdf

The original bill proposal : http://www.cpsc.gov/cpsia.pdf

Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Total Lead : http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/CPSC-CH-E1001-08.pdf

The general CPSIA website:
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html

Original CPSIA FAQs with the definitions of what is considered to be a child's product:
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/faq/faq.html#educational

Response received by Jean Newcomb in Jan 2009 from Senator Arlen Spector on testing of children's products:
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=302

Response received by Sandra Kugenieks in Jan 2009 from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown on CPSIA:
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=303

Follows is the response received by Sue Breska in Jan 2009 from Minnesota Congressman James L. Oberstar on CPSIA:
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=304

Follows is the response received by Mike Carter on Jan 16th 2009 from Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio on CPSIA: (starting to show that someone gets the picture, even if it's still fuzzy)
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=305

Follows is the response received by Bryant Betsill at the end of Jan 2009 from Senator Saxby Chambliss of GA
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=306

Most recent updates to FAQs:
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/faq/newfaqs.pdf

How CSPIA effects existing inventory & by logical extension vintage, resale, & recycling of children\'s items :
http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/advisory/317.pdf
http://cpsc.gov/library/foia/advisory/322.pdf

List of product lines that the CPSC DOES NOT have Jurisdiction for. So if your type of products are not on the list & the CPSIA considers your products to appeal to or be made for children you will be required to test for at least lead.
http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/notcpsc.html

List of CPSC accredited testing labs. Must call for quotes specific to your products. Most of these facilities are not in the US. Only 18 of the 88 are in the USA all others are overseas, 15 in Europe and 55 in Asia. Also not all of the labs can test for total lead content, some only test for lead painted, others for small parts & durability, and ONLY a FEW can do the phthalates test. You have to click on the lab name, then on submit to see what that lab is certified by the CPSC to test and issue the certificate of compliance on.
http://www.cpsc.gov/cgi-bin/labapplist.aspx

The law has many gray areas including what is to be considered children\'s items. Here's a Q & A from 1 of the USA based CPSIA certified testing facilities
http://www.strquality.com/www/strlab/industry_expertise/cpsia_faq_html
Realize that they make their profit from testing so they may only have answered in such a way to drum up more business. With that being said it is still one of the only official sites (meaning it is an lab being accredited by the government to interpret the test requirements) that I've seen that answers some questions in a straight forward understandable manner to the public.

A small glimmer of hope for organic fabric (undyed), untreated wood (nonstained or coated), and other natural but unaltered material users :
http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/leadprocedures.pdf
http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/leadlimits.pdf
or try
http://thomas.loc.gov/
Then search: H.R.4040
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate) ~ make sure you read all sections including the references at the end.


-------- What the CPSC has to say -----------
( the CPSC is the Gov agency that will enforce the law of CPSIA )

CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children's Product Safety Laws: Guidance Intended for Resellers of Children's Products, Thrift and Consignment Stores http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html - Here is their 'clarification' summarized in their own words:

In February 2009, new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) take effect. Manufacturers, importers and retailers are expected to comply with the new Congressionally-mandated laws. Beginning February 10, 2009, children’s products cannot be sold if they contain more than 600 parts per million (ppm) total lead.

Under the new law, children’s products with more than 600 ppm total lead cannot lawfully be sold in the United States on or after February 10, 2009, even if they were manufactured before that date.

The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.

The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties. - ( I read this as selective enforcement and selective prosecution. - Louy)

When the CPSIA was signed into law on August 14, 2008, it became unlawful to sell recalled products. All resellers should check the CPSC Web site (www.cpsc.gov) for information on recalled products before taking into inventory or selling a product. The selling of recalled products also could carry civil and/or criminal penalties.

While CPSC expects every company to comply fully with the new laws resellers should pay special attention to certain product categories.





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Children's Products Containing Lead: Proposed Determinations Regarding Lead Content Limits on Certain Materials or Products; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Unpublished Federal Register Notice, January 9, 2009
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/leadlimitsfr.pdf - not online anymore,

Children's Products Containing Lead: Notice of Proposed Procedures and Requirements for a Commission Determination or Exclusion, Unpublished Federal Register Notice, January 9, 2009
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/leadproceduresfr.pdf - not online anymore

Children's Products Containing Lead: Proposed Interpretative Rule Providing Guidance on Inaccessible Component Parts, Unpublished Federal Register Notice, January 9, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/leadinaccessibilityfr.pdf - not online anymore

Children's Products Containing Lead: Exemption for Certain Electronic Devices; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Unpublished Federal Register Notice, January 9, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/leadelectronicfr.pdf - not online anymore

Jan 9: CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children's Product Safety Laws: Guidance Intended for Resellers of Children's Products, Thrift and Consignment Stores http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html

Jan 9: Children's Products Containing Lead: Proposed Determinations Regarding Lead Content Limits on Certain Materials or Products; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Unpublished Federal Register Notice, January 9, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/leadlimitsfr.pdf

Jan 9: Children's Products Containing Lead: Notice of Proposed Procedures and Requirements for a Commission Determination or Exclusion, Unpublished Federal Register Notice, January 9, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/leadproceduresfr.pdf

Jan 9: Children's Products Containing Lead: Proposed Interpretative Rule Providing Guidance on Inaccessible Component Parts, Unpublished Federal Register Notice, January 9, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/leadinaccessibilityfr.pdf

Jan 9: Children's Products Containing Lead: Exemption for Certain Electronic Devices; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Unpublished Federal Register Notice, January 9, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/leadelectronicfr.pdf

The following new entry is in Laboratory Accreditation, Register as a Third Party Laboratory:
Jan 9: Consumer Product Conformity Assessment Body Acceptance - Laboratories can now apply for CPSC Acceptance for: CPSC Test Method CPSC-CH-E1001-08 for Determining Total Lead in Children's Metal Products (Children's Metal Jewelry) http://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/genlabapp.aspx

Jan 26: CPSC Public Meetings: Apparel and Footwear http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/apparel.html and Books http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/publishers.html

Jan 30: CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09115.html

Jan 30: Stay of Enforcement of Testing and Certification Requirements - Draft Federal Register Notice, January 30, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/stayenforce.pdf

Jan 30: Public Comments on Civil Penalty Criteria - Section 217(b)(2) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, January 22, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/pubcom/civilpenalty.pdf

Feb 3: Public Comments on the Prohibition on the Sale of Certain Products Containing Specified Phthalates Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act:
Part I: http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/pubcom/phthalates1.pdf
Part II: http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/pubcom/phthalates2.pdf

Feb 4: Request for Emergency Stay of Effective Date of CPSIA Section 101(a)(2), February 3, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/stay101.pdf

Feb 4: Stay of Enforcement of Testing and Certification Requirements - Federal Register Notice, February 2, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr09/stayenforce.pdf

Feb 6: Children's Products Containing Lead; Exemptions for Certain Electronic Devices; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule and Children's Products Containing Lead; Exemptions for Certain Electronic Devices; Interim Final Rule, February 5, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/leadwithdrawal.pdf

Feb 6: Record of Commission Action: Request for Emergency Stay of Effective Date of CPSIA Section 101(a)(2), February 5, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/ballot/ballot09/nam.pdf

Feb 6: Draft Statement of Commission Enforcement Policy on Section 101 Lead Limits, February 5, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/101lead.pdf

Feb 6: Phthalates Ruling: Memorandum Opinion and Order in National Resources Defense Council v. US CPSC http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/nrdcopinion.pdf

Feb 6: Record of Commission Action: Children's Products Containing Lead; Exemption for Certain Electronic Devices; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule; and Interim Final Rule, February 6, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/ballot/ballot09/electronics.pdf

Feb 6: Record of Commission Action: Draft Statement of Commission's Enforcement Policy on Section 101 Lead Limits, February 6, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/ballot/ballot09/101lead.pdf

Feb 6: CPSC Spells Out Enforcement Policy For New Lead Limits In Children’s Products Effective February 10 http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09120.html

Feb 9: Stay of Enforcement of Testing and Certification Requirements, as Published February 9, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr09/stayenforce.pdf

Feb 9: Standard Operating Procedure for Determination of Phthalates, February 9, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/phthalatesop.pdf

Feb 9: Statement of Commission Enforcement Policy on Section 101 Lead Limits, February 6, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/101lead.pdf

Feb 12: Requests for Exclusions from Lead Limits under Section 101(b) of the CPSIA, and Responses from CPSC General Counsel http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html#exclusion

Feb 12: CPSC Developing Practical Guidance For Meeting Phthalates Requirements In New Child Safety Law; Public Input Sought; Interim enforcement policy also announced by the agency http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09130.html

Feb 12: Requests for Exclusions from Lead Limits under Section 101(b) of the CPSIA http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html#exclusion

Feb 13: Ballot Vote Sheet - Section 103 of CPSIA, Tracking Labels; Notice of Inquiry http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/tracking.pdf

Feb17: Notice of Availability of Draft Guidance Regarding Which Children's Products are Subject to the Requirements of CPSIA Section 108; Request for Comments and Information, Ballot Vote Sheet, February 17, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/ballot/ballot09/draftsect108guidance.pdf

Feb 20: Tracking Labels for Children's Products Under Section 103 of the CPSIA; Notice of Inquiry; Request for Comments and Information, February 20, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/trackinglabels.pdf

Feb 23: Notice of Availability of Draft Guidance Regarding Which Children's Products are Subject to the Requirements of CPSIA Section 108; Request for Comments and Information, February 23, 2009 - Comments due by March 25, 2009
http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr09/draftphthalatesguidance.html

Feb 23: Section 103 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, Tracking Labels; Notice of Inquiry, Record of Commission Action, February 20, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/ballot/ballot09/103tracking.pdf


Feb 24: Children's Products Containing Lead; Final Rule; Procedures and Requirements for a Commission Determination or Exclusion; (DRAFT FR notice), February 24, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/leadexclusion.pdf

Feb 26: Children's Product Containing Lead; Interpretative Rule on Section 101 Inaccessible Component Parts, Public Comments 1 through 9, February 24, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/pubcom/Inaccessiblelead1.pdf

Feb 26: Tracking Labels for Children's Products Under Section 103 of the CPSIA; Notice of Inquiry; Request for Comments and Information, Published Federal Register Notice, February 26, 2009 - Comments due by April 27, 2009 ( http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr09/trackinglabels.html or ttp://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr09/trackinglabels.pdf

Mar 2: Guidelines and Requirements for Mandatory Recall Notices; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Commission Briefing Package/Ballot Vote, February 26, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/mandatoryrecalls.pdf

Mar 9: Correction: Notice of Availability of Draft Guidance Regarding Which Children's Products are Subject to the requirements of CPSIA Section 108, March 9, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr09/draftphthalatesguidancecorrection.html

Mar 9: Lead, Phthalates, and the CPSIA, CPSC Staff Presentation Slides, Prepared by CPSC staff for presentation at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization ICPHSO), February 26, 2009, Orlando, Florida http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/ICPHSO2009.pdf

Mar 10: Letter to National Academy of Sciences regarding nominees for a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) to examine potential effects on children's health of phthalates as used in children's toys and articles, February 10, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/chapnominees.pdf

Mar 13: Guidelines and Requirements for Mandatory Recall Notices: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 16 CFR Part 1115, Federal Register notice, signed March 13, 2009
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/mandatoryrecalls.pdf

Mar 20: Letter from Acting Chairman Nord to Representative John D. Dingell about the CPSIA implementation, March 20, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/dingell032009.pdf

Mar 25: Test Method: CPSC-CH-E1003-09, Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Lead (Pb) in Paint. March 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/CPSC-CH-E1003-09.pdf

Mar 25: Test Method: CPSC-CH-E1002-08, Standard Operating Procedure for Determining Total Lead (Pb) in Non-Metal Children's Products, February 1, 2009 http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/CPSC-CH-E1002-08.pdf










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Rather Good Slide-Show (for dummies) Overview of the CPSIA
http://nsf.org/business/toy_testing/CPSIA.pdf

Lots of Misc Resources and Links
http://www.coolmompicks.com/savehandmade/

Handmade Toy Alliance is an organization in Support of Revisions
http://www.HandmadeToyAlliance.org/
http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/Home/our-proposal-to-modify-the-cpsia
http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/press-coverage

February 10 th is National Bankruptcy Day!
http://nationalbankruptcyday.com/

Etsy.com on the CPSIA as it affects Hand-Made One-of-a-kind Out-of-the-home Artists
http://www.etsy.com/storque/craftivism/cpsia-updates-and-calls-to-action-3157/

CraftLister.com Message Forum on CPSIA
http://www.craftlister.com/message_board.php?PageType=ShowPost&PostID=6512

Etsy.com Message Forum on CPSIA
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5939104
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5935443

Petitions you can Sign or Vote for
http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions_20081217_private_url
http://www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/handmadetoys/
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/economicimpactsofCPSIA/
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/RepealCPSIA/



Blog and Link Resources / other websites' coverage of the problem
http://cpsia-central.ning.com/
http://www.narts.org/CPSIA_Info.htm
http://reformcpsia.org/
http://blog.buyhandmade.org/?p=38
http://www.crafterbs.blogspot.com/
http://www.zrecommends.com/detail/five-steps-you-can-take-to-save-natural-and-handmade-companies
http://www.alphamom.com/wonderland/2008/12/the_act_that_could_kill_handma.php
http://celebritybabies.typepad.com/reviews/2008/12/handmadetoyalli.html
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/263549
http://mothering.com/sections/action_alerts/toy-safety-legislation.html
http://daddytypes.com/2008/12/10/is_cpscs_new_lead_regulation_going_to_wipe_out_the_baby_non-industrial_complex_next_february.php
http://ecochildsplay.com/2008/12/08/alert-new-consumer-product-safety-rules-will-make-handmade-natural-toys-illegal/
http://mom-101.blogspot.com/2008/12/in-support-of-work-at-home-moms-and.html
http://www.startupnation.com/blogs/index.php/2008/12/11/national-bankruptcy-day-will-the-cpsia-effect-you/
http://grecowoodcrafting.wordpress.com/
http://www.challengeandfun.typepad.com/
http://www.fashion-incubator.com/
http://www.apparelandfootwear.org/LegislativeTradeNews/ChildrensClothingRegulations.asp
http://www.youtube.com/handcraftivist



Article: Heard in the slammer: “I used to make handmade toys”
http://www.rescuemarketing.com/blog/2008/12/15/cpsia-and-homemade-toys/


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CPSC Will Kill the Handmade Indsutry – a FANTASTIC overview by a actual crafts person about how CPSIA will affect their business
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWsrvOjQvSo

A great Reasonable Person's Interpretation of the Idiocy of the new CPSIA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW9nxeyq1EQ

Rick Woldenberg - EXCELENT Response to CPSIA Implementation (CPSC Panel 11-6-08)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUlY6zOMPqQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlMh7MJiodY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk0Vr0yDrXc


------ N E W S -- Coverage of CPSIA-----------

Jan 21, 2009 – businessweek.com - Toymakers: Up in Arms Over Product Tests
http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/jan2009/sb20090121_173927.htm

Jan 21, 2009 – GovExec.com - Obama suspends all pending federal rule changes
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=41845&dcn=todaysnews

Jan 21, 2009 - Philadelphia Inquirer - Federal agencies told to hold off on pending rules. In one of his first acts in office, President Obama yesterday ordered federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until further review. The action comes after George W. Bush's final weeks raised heated debate over rushing new rules into effect on the way out the door. The order went out in a memorandum signed by Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. The notice of the action was contained in the first news release sent out by Obama's White House.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2168656/posts
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/elections/20090121_Federal_agencies_told_to_hold_off_on_pending_rules.html

Jan 20, 2009 - By JENNIFER LOVEN | AP White House Correspondent - White House chief of staff orders federal agencies to halt all pending Bush regulations. WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Barack Obama's first acts Tuesday was to put the brakes on all pending regulations that the Bush administration tried to push through in its waning days.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/politics/wire/sns-ap-obama-regulations,0,7026653.story

Jan 19, 2009 - Rochester area suburbs paper - Thrift stores sweating new federal law
http://www.mpnnow.com/towns/bristol/x743989506/Thrift-stores-sweating-new-federal-law

Jan 16, 2009 Forbes.com - Scrap the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
http://www.forbes.com/opinions/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html

Jan 15, 2009 Forbes.com - Retail's dagger in the heart
http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/15/toys-lead-retail-ent-law-cx_rb_0115bovarnicksafetylaw.html

Jan 12, 2009 - Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated radio show host based here in Atlanta. He has received many phone calls regarding our problem.
http://clarkhoward.com/liveweb/shownotes/2009/01/12/14887/
http://clarkhoward.com/shownotes/2009/01/12/14887/

GlenBeck.com – Jan 8, 2009 - Glenn Beck: How gov destroys business
http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/196/19911/

LA Times Jan 7, 2009 - Regulators rethink rules on testing children's clothing and toys for lead (Nowhere near what is needed, don't let this fool you!!! Contact congress!! - Louy)
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lead7-2009jan07,0,6917858.story

01-07-09 - KVAL 13 Eugene OR CPSIA- CPSC claims CHANGES to LEAD TESTING LAW on the WAY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k8ziSBruMg

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) - Panel Exempts Some Products From U.S. Lead Rules
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a0Xr2Iw1Vi_8&refer=us

Ch 5 KSTP ABC 1/6/2009 - New lead law means problems for thrift shoppers
http://kstp.com/article/stories/S731609.shtml?cat=1&v=1

01-02-09 – LATimes.com
http://www.latimes.com/business/printedition/la-fi-thrift2-2009jan02,0,5587970.story

01-02-09 KDVR Fox 31 Denver - CPSIA- OH BABY! BIBS & BICYCLES on TEST HIT LIST
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY5F74mpQGA

WJRT ABC12 Michigan – 12-30-08 - CPSIA- NATURAL TOY CONSUMERS to absorb HIGH TESTING COSTS ABC12 Mid-Michigan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOqn-tSj6hI

12-26-08 – TULSA CH6 - CPSIA- HANDMADE BABY BOOTIES ILLEGAL?! Selecta TOYS GONE-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvKFFvw2Nds

Contra Costa Times – 12/25/2008 - Toymakers: Lead-testing law will ruin biz By Suzanne Bohan
http://www.contracostatimes.com/health/ci_11306033?source=rss

Dec 24, 2008 – Business Week - Ho, ho, no: Toymakers say lead law harms workshops
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D959APSO0.htm

12-24-08 AP story: Toy Companies Cheer Proposed Lead Rule Change
http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2008/12/24/2243578-toy-companies-cheer-proposed-lead-rule-changes
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D959CGKO0.htm

2008-12-23 LATimes.com - http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-toys23-2008dec23,0,2707481.story

Fox News 4 – 12-23-08 - CPSIA- ALL THE HAPPY stolen from FUN DOUGH by EXPENSIVE TESTING Fox4 Dallas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87UduX5S6E0

Fox 44 Vermont – 12-23-08 - CPSIA TROUBLE in VERMONT TOYLAND Fox44
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXLuTbx-lts

2008-12-22 Radio 88.5 FM WFCR - AMHERST, MA Consumer Safety Law Worries Toy Makers and Retailers - Tina Antolini
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wfcr/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1449573

News Syracuse NY 12-22-08 - CPSIA- POP TOYMAKER HAMMERED by NEW LAW
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28TJ827AFaM

12/20/2008 – Washington post -
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/20/AR2008122001878.html

FOX Chicago – 12-17-08 - CPSIA the GRINCH? Woldenberg Expresses Concern- NEW LAWS will DESTROY- FOX CHICAGO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkQGqfgCBOw

WSMV 4 Nashville news segment – 12/16/08 - Alliance Wants Congress To Change New Toymaker - A new law intended to stop China from making dangerous lead-based toys has also endangered the mom-
http://www.wsmv.com/video/18294794/index.html

CBS3 MA - 12-16-08 - UNHAPPY HOLIDAYS! CPSIA CRUSHING LOCAL TOYMAKERS- CBS3 MA12-16-08
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDYNAH3EX6w

News Rochester, MN 12-16-08 – About a MARTHA STEWART featured ENDANGERED TOYMAKER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyPZOQMZet0

Boston Herald - Dec 15, 2008 - Small toy stores fear new U.S. Regulations Specialty producers at issue By Donna Goodison
http://bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1139071

The Patriot Ledger - Dec 13, 2008 - New law to put thousands out of work
http://www.patriotledger.com/opinions/opinions_columnists/x845827383/New-law-to-put-thousands-out-of-work

KPAX 12-13-08 - CPSIA- NATURAL Toymakers CASUALTY of LEAD-LADEN Chinese IMPORTS?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k242v8ORbEc

Boingboing.net – 12/10/08 - Consumer safety rules could drive crafters out of business
http://www.boingboing.net/2008/12/10/consumer-safety-rule.html

Fox 23 Tulsa 12-08 – Tulsa couplt in trouble re Looming CPSIA testing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDCBExRB_Tw

The Wall Street Journal - NOV 18, 2008 - Vendors Urge Relaxed Lead-Safety Rule
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122696993087535701.html

Ch 8? Act to keep kids safe may harm businesses
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Suyi18yP8


------- parody political statement video

Parody of an Overprotective Parent FOR the CPSIA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSXm-spoho0

One Senator's Thoughts on the CPSIA – Parody (but GREAT!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU6cJ31946w

Help Save Large Companies – Parody (Also GREAT!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjiZN2bB7o8


------- Political Representative's Political Statements

Rep. Rush stuttering on HR4040 before congress –He says the bill represents 8 months of work, only 5 hearings, only 1 subcommittee markup, and a full committee and then one vote which was 50 to 0.
(I thought I read 49 to 1 somewhere else, different vote?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWxqjNyeWxg


------- actual crafter testimonial video

WILL CPSIA put STAY AT HOME MOM's WET BAGS out of business??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjwNu7w2BSQ

HANDCRAFTER ALERT- Will CPSIA 2008 FORCE Wood TOYMAKER OUT OF BUSINESS?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0c_yce5V-4

Vote to Amend CPSIA at Change org
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqKjJgdUZ3E

CPSIA - Mr. Sun
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RT8MFgvyhw

CPSIA Will Kill Handmade - Two
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5A1scKh7LM

Help Save Small Business from the CPSIA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrM8O0lsec4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrJdik1_1uQ

CPSIA – statement by individual
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJdkI2F8apc

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CPSIA Endangered Children's Products and Toys
http://www.flickr.com/groups/986590@N23/pool/

Change.org is a fraud – claims CPSIA votes (topic) not wanted so other categories were inflated???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0jhhMxwnJ4

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-ALERT! Federal Law will make selling children's products a felony if not labeled as tested lead free, starting Feb 10th. --- What will we Loose?

JOBS

PVC Marshmellow Guns, Pop Guns
Wooden Rubber band Guns
Woven or Beaded Friendship Bracelets
Wooden puzzles, mazes
Candy Miniatures - wrapped candy hot glued into a shape. eg. a pack of gum airplane, lifesaver + kiss train
Doll Clothes
Basic Doll Houses
Sand Art
Quilts, Clothing, Bedding
Burp Rags
Children's Room Wall Decorations, plaques, carvings, clocks, clothing racks
Yo Yo balloons
Wooden Toys such as Fire Engines, Trucks, Tractors, Wagons, Trains
Game Boards
Stuffed Toys
Hair bows, Clips, Headbands
wooden yo-yo's
figurines made from clay, wood, metal, etc.

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This matter needs to be brought to public attention. I suggest a viral video that overviews HR4040 and it's effects, such as how thrift stores are junking children's goods, how hand-made children's crafts will be affected, etc.

Some scenes could include:
     old ex-crafter ladies on the street corner begging for change (sewing machine and lace in tow) asking “Please sir, can you spare some thread? Some yarn perhaps? I can mend your button!”
     children crying as hand-made toys are taken away from them
     crying children in front of empty toy store shelves
     large crowd of Chinese looking people in front of Wall-Mart waving (beaconing) people in
     guy in business suit with briefcase on ground & cell phone to head smiling and giving camera the thumbs up in front of shipyard and cargo unloading cranes, crates, and mountainous ships.
     thrift stores clearing their shelves into dumpsters
     craft show with booths missing and large signs in their place saying RIP – Hand Made Toys by whose-booth-it-was-name, or pictures of past shows with toy crafter booths Xed out and similar wording.
     Christmas tree with no or empty present boxes and crying children
     crafters with wood and saw and tool belt with hammer in line at soup kitchen
     crafter behind bars with sign: Busted for selling home-made wood toys. Cops saying: Yep, we got the bastard!
     For Sale sign in front of crafters house. For Sale sign on cargo trailer, Yard Sale of tools ( Tool Sale sign ) and wood, etc.     
     Ex crafter in the uniform of a major chain store like Wall-Mart just standing there smiling at their new 'work' suit ( or filling out a job application form ), with quick popup shots of him back in his workshop, at shows, using a band saw, with his wife & kids, demonstrating a toy to a customer, making a sale to a customer, etc.
     Crafter in trench coat in a dark ally under a doorway light says 'ppsssst, can I show you some hand-made wooden firetrucks?'. Opens coat... 'I made them myself! Wait, you're not with the fuzz are you?' Crafter gets handcuffed and read his rights and lead off whilst flashing red and blue reflections fade into the scene.

Ideas for Shows:
     Promoters with unlimited outdoor space for their craft show can replace booths missing from children's product crafters with large signs in their place saying RIP – Hand Made Toys by whose-booth-it-was-name.



Group Options:
  Join this group!

Group Members:
  Louis Marquette - - Group Moderator
  I am a 25 year veteran of the PA, NY, NJ art and craft shows circuit and the creator of CraftLister.com, the largest online directory of art and craft shows nation-wide. CraftLister.com is used by nearly 100,000 exhibitors who claim a total of over 2.5 billion in sales yearly.
The new children's product lead-testing requirements of the CPSIA (The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) will leave many individual artists and crafters unable to comply, thereby decimating the American hand-made marketplace for yet another product category: HAND-MADE TOYS
Please DESCRIBE Your Children's Products HERE:

  Sue Reynolds - - Group Moderator
  Michelle Sholund -
  Christopher Hoyt -
  Robin B -
  Uncle Joe -
 This Group was started so that Michigan, Ohio and Indiana crafters can network with each other. We encourage crafters from all three States to become involved so that if a crafter from one State wants to do some shows in a bordering State, they can be contacted for advice through this group.

  Pamela Finch -
  User Number A6512 -
  Becky McMullen -
 Bottom line is that the law is too vague and all encompassing. If my product is already deemed safe now by the manufacturer, I should be able to use their certification to deem mine safe as long as I have not added to it.

  Joe Adams -
  Dee Derbini -
  Sandi -
 As a handcrafter of dolls that are not made for children but for collectors this will effect me too!

  Bruce Egolf -
  Mary Beal -
  Mike Dembrosky -
  Ellie -
  Kerri Mills -
  Margaret Olsen -
  Walt Bennett -
  Jessica Hickey -
  Silver Griffon Designs -
 The way I read this is anything that is intended for children 12 and under must be tested. We the craft person I would assume is a private labeler according to the explanation. I would think that if your product has the potential to fall into the hands of a child you need to have it tested. Even if that isn't your target market. Just for sanity sake and to prevent you from being fined and imprisoned. This is the way I interpret this law. I make jewelry for adults so my jewelry has the potential to get into the hands of children from the adult females in their life who may let them wear it. So basically I am out of business before I even get started. So unless I start making something else that would have no interest to children I am too afraid now to sell my jewelry in public. I will sell just to close friends and families people who I know won't turn me in to the feds. This is a sad time for the arts and crafts industry in America. this is just my opinion I hope that I am wrong because my livelihood and personal sanity and happiness depends on it.

  User Number A261368 -
  Carolyn -
  Peggy Brown -
 I make kids ruffled overalls. We also have the "Make your own" candles. This law as written will put me out of business! If you have not written your congressmen and senators....shame on you! We have to flood their offices with our voices so this bill is amended so we can enjoy participating in craft shows selling our unique items in the future! You can e-mail your congressmen and senators; just type in your state gov. in the search engine.

  donna -
  Mary Lou Huelsman -
 I started the sewing group and some of us deal with products that will be effected by this law. Weather you sew or work a different media, we must stand together in fighting this injustice!

  Meryl Ambrose -
  Mary E Redmerski -
 My crafts, jewelry and soap making, fall into the gray areas created by the current wording of Public Bill 110-314 as known as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. I would like some answers to my questions when asked, not being ignored by the CPSC or my government representatives when I e-mail them or contact them through snail mail. I want to know IN THE SIMPLEST OF TERMS exactly what constitues a child's product, not this all encompassing statement from the CPSIA at http://cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/faq/children.html
If I must test to continue in business I will try to test. As of today, 1-5-08, even the test facilities are unclear about what exact products are reqiured to be tested and informed me that to be on the safe side send my products in for a quote. I've heard that the only test for jewelry is destructive digestive testing, that XRF is not reliable for metal items, which leaves me nothing to sell after the test. In this case I would rather stop selling my finished products than have to see something that I spent hours creating reduced to a beaker of acidic slush to be tested.

  Priscilla Prisms -
  Jeff Martin -
 I spoke with one of my parts suppliers yesterday. He had spoken with another long term customer whom he claims is extremely reliable with matters such as this. He claims the law was ammended to only apply to imported goods. My supplier was to email the ammendment number to me. As of today I have not heard from him. I will call him tomorow for an update. Whatever information I receive and can verify I will forward ASAP.
I pray his info is correct!

  Susan T Fisher -
 I make plush kitties and puppies made from polyester fabrics, stuffed with polyester filling, and sewn with polyester thread. I buy my supplies from a reputable retailer. Is it really possible that lead could be in this synthetic fiber? The same fabric I use for my crafts is the same fabric that is used for childrens clothing! This is just plain crazy!

  Dolores F. -
 As a designer/embellisher on manufactured clothing, this legislation is confusing and probably unnecessary. I believe the responsibilty in area belongs to the clothing manufacturer and fabric manufacturers. The wrong people are being hit, Of course I concurr with safety,lead free items for children but it is unclear ,at this point, about who is the responsible party. I know China's exports and production is down 30-50% as of 1/6/09 and possibly their markets are already feeling the effects of this. Put the responsiblity where it belongs....not on the small, responsible Mom and Pop crafter. Dolores F.

  Barbara Freeman -
  Theresa Hardy -
 Although my main craft is my poetry, I design and craft pins that are based on the theme of the poem and sold as a set. Even though my customers are usually mature females, I am worried too that this law will somehow directly affect me. But the really tragic thing will be how this affects our country as a whole. Our own government is killing the country that young men and women are giving their lives to protect.

  User Number A250107 -
  Bonie Auvil -
  Barbara Lingham -
  User Number A263468 -
  User Number A263479 -
  User Number A263486 -
  User Number A248691 -
  Pamela Davis -
  User Number A263490 -
  Heather Hertziger -
  Crystal Bowen -
  Harley Colwell -
  Heather Duncan -
 Our community has four major events each year, plus our June-September farmers market, all with handcrafters being a large part of the draw. These events are the primary fund-raisers for our non-profit community organizations as well as much of the money going to support our youth activities. This legislation will effectively all but kill these events and will certainly destroy the profitability of them, impoverishing our civic groups from Little League and 4-H clubs to the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce. The economic ripples go far, not just individual crafters and their suppliers losing their means of livelihood, but also the businesses and services where THEY spend money, all leading in these already precarious times to further strains on social services and other already hard-to-come-by community resources. No quicker way to create a socialist welfare state than by killing free enterprise.

  Jane Luedtke -
  Jean Leclair -
  Gus Dunnick -
  roseann smiley -
  Judy Walden -
  Dana Street -
 I make boutique clothing, jewelry, and accessories for babies and children. If this law isn't ammended, my business is toast.

  Donna Presley -
  Sue Dickey -
  Claire Verdini -
 Although my business is a bakery for pets, this year I had planned on making stuffed dogs and cats for the animals. Made out of socks and stuffed with Poly-fill, these might be purchased by customers who want natural, simple, back-to-basic "comfort" toys for their children! How can I control customers who allow their children to play with their dog's toys any more than I can control their children eating a piece of their dog's cake!

  James or June Doyen -
  Christi H -
  Tracy Hanville -
  Jim Anderson -
  mel -
  Karen Ralston -
  Bobbi Harrison -
  Rosie -
 this is absoutley unfair. I make all baby and adult items from cloth, babyquilts, pillows, burp cloths, bibs, etc. My craft show business will be gone. My question, Isn't all the cloth and thread tested and safe before we buy it? If not it should be, then we would be safe????? If it was never tested before why now and why all of a sudden is it unsafe?

  Susan Meyer -
  Dorothy Burianek -
 We must get this changed! We started our business, as two retired individuals, and need to continue to supplement our income. Without it the government will be forced to support us. What is or was the intent of this law? How can we let our officials get so far out of hand that we lose total control of our own lives. Many small business owners will be bankrupted if this law is followed. Please spread the word, create an awareness, and let everyone you know that you are not just going to lay down on this one.

  Ryan & Nicole Thompson -
  Ernest m Wachter -
  Sharon Boehmer -
  SUE SPADA -
 Everything I sell is made out of products that I buy from Home Depot or Jo-anns Frabic. If its good enought for them why do I have to get it tested?

  Mike Mrugala FMP CFBE -
  Mary McElwain -
  Dorinda Duclos -
 While I don't directly make children's items, some of the gift items I offer have a teddy bear (that I do not make) with them. I do make things for moms to be so not sure if that would fall into any specific category. I use plastic canvas needlepoint as most of the bases for my items.

  Lena Wilson -
  sarah weiler -
  THISTLEDEW FARM INC aka West's Best Products -
  Adele -
  Angel Craft -
  Marye -
  ramon l quinones -
  Mike Madonna -
  susan -
  Rebecca Lucas -
  Nearly Wild Garden Design -
  Pam Weisenburg -
  Sandra Gent -
 To provide hand crafted clothing and accessories for popular doll sizes. Promote local craftsmanship through group participation. Other industries, notably the Computer and Electronics Industries had three years to react to the requirements of RoHS, these measures are poorly thought out and the consequences are far reaching; it appears more time has been spent on penalties than on crafting the boundaries of this ruling.

  ROMONA -
  tammy waloven -
 I make beaded jewelry and clothing for women,girls dresses from pillow cases, machine embroided pillows and bags. I could change and just make things for women and men, but what is to say some 12 year old might want a pair of earrings, or a top that was ment for a adult. What do I do to protect myself.

  Laura Bullinger -
  Tamera Jones -
  Frances Lape -
  Hannah Johns -
  JoLynne Conrad -
 I sew doll clothes for American Girl dolls utilizing 100% natural fibers. I also clean and sanitize old dolls to be reloved.

  Louise Genowtz -
  Karen Bryan -
  Cassie Williams -
  Bryant Betsill -
  Chris Forman -
  Sharonne Barton -
 Our only "children" products are pewter figurines we glue onto amethyst mineral specimens. By USA law all pewter must be lead-free & ours come from a fine company in Michigan. However, the Comrades in Central Planning who are fascinated with their obsessive rules & regulations, will probably demand that we have the pewter re-tested so that their friends who operate the testing businesses can reap an obscene profit from the Great Unwashed Masses. I have emailed our House Representative informing him of our displeasure.

  Tara Barrett -
  Robert Strohl -
 I've been making and selling beaded jewelry for about 20 years. As of late some of the spacer beads I used to use have been pulled off the market because of the lead problem. Of course these beads were made in China. As if the whole market is not bad enough and now we have this to worry about!!

  Tracy Falgout -
  Margaret Wright -
  Cloth Works -
 This is text of email I sent to CPSC in response to their requests for comments:

"I am a sole proprietor, working as a designer and seamstress in a home-based business. While a small segment of my business is based on custom work that will be unaffected by this law, more than 75% of my time is spent on design and construction of fleece apparel for infants, children and adults. I sell my products online and at craft shows.

My business goal has been to use quality materials to create and sell fun and comfortable clothing at an affordable price. In my design and material sourcing, I am committed to the selection of materials that are durable and will protect the safety of the wearer (particularly when creating products for young children), and in doing so, have willingly accepted the higher cost of doing business.

As I understand the regulations planned for implementation in February 2009, it will become my responsibility to submit each of my products for testing for compliance with the act. While I rarely do one-of-a-kind items, my lot sizes are quite small but with a range of fabric/trim offerings (skus) within a style. Not only will the cost of testing be prohibitive, the sheer effort of managing all the bureaucratic elements of this regulation will shut down my operation.

I realize I'm coming late to this discussion but I entered this business to design and sew, and during my busy season, that really is all I do! Typically, January is the month I work on designs and update my business plan for the coming year. Sadly, this year, unless there are delays/revisions to the existing CPSIA, I will find myself casting about for a new line of work, a complicated undertaking at any time but particularly difficult in this ecocomy.

I am requesting reconsideration of the implementation of this law, with an eye to restructuring it to address the real protection needs of children. One suggestion is to identify those materials of par... full statement

   Robertajo Trask -
 We've been making beaded jewelry, as well as home decor items for a long time. Having to have each and every piece "certified" safe just doesn't make financial sense.
This law is going to drive us out of business.
Isn't there a petition or something we can start up and mail to the government protesting this ridiculous law?

  Diane Hutchison -
  Cathy Logan -
  Toni -
  User Number A263654 -
  Paula Britt -
  ANITA -
  Janice Cropper -
  Marie -
  Tara Mazzorana -
  Len Charlebois -
  Donna Malsom -
 We are in our 5th year promoting a highly popular annual craft fair. We do need protection of our children, but not in such a fashion that we put small business and/or cottage industries out of business.
Thanks,
Donna Malsom, President
Collyer Community Alliance Association

  Linda Richardson -
  Ann Mansfield -
  Ginny -
  Laura Clark -
 I organize craft shows as a major fundraiser for a Humane Society. If this law goes into effect, and exhibitors drop off because they can't comply, it will be a huge financial loss for our organization. Successful fundraising efforts are vital as we must raise 75% of our budget to remain in existence.

  Alice -
  Jo Ann Becher -
  anita tighe -
  kris heckman -
  Barbara Shinkle -
  chris rolke -
  CJ Brockus-Rapp -
  greg zane -
  Mary Ann Springer -
   Billie Dee -
 I don't sell (yet) but I buy A LOT every year. My gifts are known to be the most special and well thought and hard-to-find. I want the crafters to be out there making these treasures for the rest of us - and our children - to enjoy.

  GAYLE YOUNT -
  Margaret Thomas -
  Liz Milner -
  Carey Sevier -
  My Attic of Treasures -
  mary patrick -
 i think this is a great choice.

  alison bedford -
  Jenny Antoline -
  Karen Thornton -
  Stacy Bissell -
  Elaine Nemeroff -
  Eileen Lipkind -
  Robert Carriveau -
 We need to proctect our children from inferer products from overseas. I make children stools from pine wood and there is no lead in wood. I will have to stop making stools. This doesn;t affect me too much, but instead of 100 crafters at shows there will be condiderable less and that will affect me more. Who wants to go to a craft show with 50 exhibitors

  David A. Pickett -
  Crissy B. -
  Michelle -
  Michelle Shepard -
  Jean Bachen -
  Diane -
  Jennifer Buck Inman -
  Georgia Gardner -
  Usborne Books & More -
  User Number A240345 -
  jeanne cherry -
  Sara Sammon -
  BrendaLaw -
 This law will put me out of business. I sew jackets,capes,decorated shirts and handbags. Also make jewelry and sell my paintings. Everything I use in my business should already have been tested. I only make adult things but who knows when a child might use them. Please change the wording of this law. No one wants to hurt a child,but this is over the top[. Brenda Law Jacksonville AR

  Orion Lyonesse -
  John Steppe -
  Richard Barber -
  A Cynthia Weber -
  Theresa Wecker -
  Marianne Paul -
  Susan -
  brenda allen -
 we are a small home based that hand makes several items that are on the list. we make the marshmallow shooters and bow and arrows. we also make the candy trains and sleds and all this stuff is already deemed lead free. if i have to have each of these things tested i would not be able to conduct business with these items so the lost of sales will hurt.

  Susan Thorn -
  Mike Carter -
  g -
  User Number A263664 -
  DreamDiecast -
 We now carry a line of hand-made wooden trucks and cars made by a local wood crafter. There has been so much great feedback regarding these items. Customers are aware of what type of product they are purchasing and are smart enough to figure out if these goods fit their child's or their own needs. Lots of these toys have been purchased for adults, but will still fall under the "toy" category. It would truly be a shame for these "made in usa" handcrafted gems to be put back in the woodshop forever!

  Lisa Verde -
  Amit Gupta -
  Sue Kremer -
  Mary Free -
  Cyndi Brunnet -
  Wendi B. -
  User Number A263666 -
  Deborah M. Settle -
  Peechee Neric -
 It sounds like this also affects my business even though all I do is provide the materials and the children age 8 and up create it themselves. I basically teach children (and adults) how to make natural (and some organic) skin care products such as lip balms, body scrubs, and body powder...as well as M&P soaps. If they are looking at art supplies, then they'll be going into my supplies too. Ouch! I only do this part-time to supplement my hubby's income so I definitely can't afford to pay for the testing.

  Sherri Kopp -
  Big Jim -
  Sidney Broussard -
  Irene Novick -
  Janet Romans -
  Pauline Antoine -
  Fran Alderman -
  Marie Taluba -
 I already use only lead free glazes on my ceramic jewelry and advertise the same. Most of my jewelry is intended for adults due to the size of the pendant and length of the chain, but some might be given to someone under 12 years old. How am I to know? I have purchased lead testing kits and have confirmed the glaze manufacture's statement that the glazes are lead free and even safe for school environments. Must I still use an independent laboratory? My profit is only a few thousand a year, and this law, if not altered, would stop me cold. I am a hobby designer only trying to use my talents for my enjoyment, and the enjoyment of the people who purchase my lovingly made art. Do we really want a world where creativity and art have been watered down and only mass produced? Whatever happened to our freedoms in this country? I want the freedom to create my art responsibly without being charged for a felony. I am very concerned for health & safety. I have been on the Board of Health for my community for 21 years. Please prevent this law, as presently worded, from passing and allow us to enjoy our god given freedoms.

  Ginnie Blakemore -
  Linda Whtitng -
  Suzanne Dant -
  Winefred Martin -
 At this point I do not make items for children so it does not effect me directly BUT, I have plans that would have to be forgotten even though I feel there would be no harm at all in what I was thinking of making. BUT more to the point indirectly I am wondering how many vendors who are happy in what they are doing would have to change their product which would become competition to me, and therefor hurt my business??

  Barbara Haberlin -
  Rachel Bird -
  Iris I. Krauss -
  Trudi Johnson -
  Robin Assouad -
  Joe Hall -
  Tamara Lumpkin -
 I am a stay at home mom who started a Hair bow business last year. I do several Craft shows and it has become a great source of extra income. I was able to give my kids a great Christmas this year with the money I made off of making and selling my hair bows. If this Law stays the way it is written I will be out of business and it could hurt my children in the process as I will not be able to do as much as I would like.

  Pam -
  Connie Underwood -
  Jill Blake -
  James Owens -
  sarah mergogey -
  Janet McMurray -
  Jan Balkus -
  Vera Christensen -
  Jerri -
  Sandra Lee -
  User Number A256680 -
  Ragina Reynolds -
  Sally Beer / JOHN PRICE -
  User Number A203462 -
  Charlette Reed -
 I make many different items: baby afghans, crocheted doll clothes, bed dolls, and candles. The law will affect me as well. My business will be non-existant if I have to pay for every item to be tested. And who is to say how the products are tested, will it leave anything to sell or if sold, will it then be safe for children? This law is government not doing a thorough job researching before writing something that will do our economy more damage than has already been done.

  Barbara A. Lussier -
  ARLEE TRIPALDI -
  Julie Pourteau -
  Donna Tanaka -
  AutumnTreasures -
  Margie Pringle -
  Roger Brown -
  Kristian McIntyre -
  Dana Sieben -
  WoodenWonders.ifp3.com -
  Virginia Chwastyk -
  Angela Casey -
  Carol Davis -
  Joanne Rydzewski -
  User Number A255361 -
  Karen -
  Linda -
  Diana Cooper -
  Suzy Fiori -
  Joan Hobbs -
  Allison Potter -
  Robin Cronk -
  Bianca Wirth -
  Kay Williams -
  Orin Thies -
  Steven Westfall -
  Ruth Flounders -
  Darla Cavinder -
  James Daniels -
  Patricia Petz -
  Serena -
 I make handmade pillows, keychains, scrunchies, and bandanas for not only children but for adults. I also have baskets that I make for children, women, and men. And I don't use any lead in any of these things. My mom and I started making crafts years and years ago. And we just started a couple of months ago to start doing craft fair. I hope this law does not get passed.

  calicojam.com -
  Wendy Miller -
  Jackie -
  Karl Smith -
  Andrew Glaze -
  shery -
  Gloria J. Silva -
 Why is this happening all of a sudden? I have heard of the testing for lead in children's toys, but why are they punishing everyone trying to make a few bucks? My crafting is not my livlihood, thank Heavens, but I get such pleasure out of creating, I call it my "cheap Therapy".It's sad to think of "Big Brother" taking away our right to express ourselves through our creativity!

  Rita Keltner -
  Tom Sims -
  LAH -
  Patty Satasook -
  Joe Pack -
  GRANDMA'S COUNTRY CRAFTS -
  Peg -
  Robert E Wyman -
  Dena Bogen -
  Joyce Young -
  Catherine Richards -
  chris rush -
  Debra Caserotti -
 I emailed a local TV station about the law. They did a news story tonight about how it will affect charities.

http://kstp.com/article/stories/S731609.shtml?cat=1&v=1

Please note the story of the little boy dying after he swallowed the lead bracelet, is what started this. Also note, the bracelet came from Reebok and not a crafter!

Although my product is not meant for children, I feel the law would still pertain to my product because children 12 and under have purchased my landscape and art wall quilts for their rooms. If not the child, the parents have.

  Bryan -
  Carol -
  Fred Wilson -
 I have written both my Senators and my Congressman with little success so far. Clark Howard, a nationally sindicated radio host, (clarkhoward.com) has had several callers on his show and has speculated that the commission will be way too busy to worry about our little "industry" and that cottage industries will not be affected. - We'll see.

  Stephanie M Mains -
  Diane Lewis -
  Karen Wheeler -
  Karen -
  User Number A257891 -
  Marie crescenz -
  Denise McGrath -
  Margaret Zatarski -
  Linda Osborne -
  Pamela C. Govan -
  Keith Polen -
  DEBORAH HILL -
  Connie Groat -
  Marci Koziolek -
  Mystical Rose Design -
  Christine Catania -
 I will go along with what every one else wants. I am not concerned. With all of the corrupt politicians we have, and how they get out of abiding by the law, I will take the same position for my defense.

  Kevin P. Daly -
  Anne Weinheimer -
  Susan Williams -
 I am taking on the position of organizing the yearly craft show at my church which will be held in October. How could this affect the church? So many things could be suspect? This law had good intentions but the lawmakers did not think this through completely....

  Karina Ferrer -
  Kathleen Fisher -
  Jean Newcomb -
  Angela -
  Kathie Book -
  Clif Smith -
 I get great enjoyment making wooden toys. My health is not the best and I would hate to have to stop making wooden toys. They either have NO finish or Food safe finish on them. I surely can't afford to have them certified as I am only able to do a few craft shows a year. I don't make BIG $$ doing this but it does help and I need something to do to keep active.

  Terica Luxton -
  jim cadwell -
  Topknots Creations for Kids -
  Michael L. Ingram -
  Jo Anne Nelson -
  Mudline Studio -
  Karen Stillwell -
  Kathleen Klein -
  Susan Johnson -
  Michele Kline -
  Donna Catlett -
  Joyce Garcia -
  DeAnne DeWitt -
  Laura Clark -
  Liz -
  j torbett -
  Curt or Bonnie Kuhns -
  cheryl smith -
  Paula Sweatt -
  george -
  Lynda Niemczyk -
  Keith A. Barkley -
  Darrell & Julie Lepper -
  J. Taylor -
  susan -
  Amy Schulz -
 I do not make items to sell to children, but do not want those that I care about to lose their livelihood or for this to change the entire landscape of the festivals, art shows and craft shows that the rest of us make a living at. This is very anti-small business.

  Steve Orender -
  Dianne Dunbar -
  Stephanie Nagy -
  Pam Penta -
  ROGER HENLEY -
  Maria Sikora -
  Todd Feibusch -
  paul pickering -
  Carrie Haddican -
  Sandra Kugenieks -
  Kaye Bailey -
  Donna Sisson -
  Cheryl -
 I make baby gifts and this will put me out of business. I can't prove every blanket and burp cloth I buy and use in my gifts is toxic-free. This is ridiculous.

  nance j hoecherl -
  J.B.SOAP WORKS -
 I make handmade soaps and I hand dyed fiber to sell. My concern is that I make soaps with toys in them for kids. I can't find anywhere where I can check to see if the toys in the soap are against the new Rule. So I'm against this rule. I don't think it is fair to everyone. There should be some kind of amended to it.

I also think that this rule is best for the big company so they get all the money and none for the little people.

So I'm against the rule.

  Heidi Burge -
  KATHY DROPKO -
  debra Anikushin -
  Patty Engle -
  Chassidy Walsh -
  Trish Alizade -
  User Number A263763 -
  Lynn Luck -
  Carol -
  User Number A263766 -
  Dana Durlester -
  Amy Austin -
  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lead7-2009jan07,0,6917858.story

I just purchased a consignment shop in Oct 2008...I have also been doing craft shows for 4 years now...this new law will effect both of my businesses!!!!

  Eric Durham -
  Rick & Kathie Smith -
  Pink -
  Teresa Flanery -
  Linda Gyetvay -
  Michelle Sullivan -
  Linda -
  Betty Tuckerson -
  Julie Rose -
  User Number A263793 -
  Eddy Phouthakoun -
  Beulah Robinson -
  Natalie Lundschen -
  Debbie Gill -
  Terry/Diane Carter -
  Lynn Manseau -
  Barbara Hornstra -
  Richard Stone -
  noreen merten -
 Like so many of you I can't control who uses my products. i am a artist who paints animals and of course kids would be attracted to that. I want to mention this also effects thrift stores e-bay and yard sales. So we must all be very careful what we do.

It's been my experience that my customers will buy for their children before themselves so this will effect all.

it's funny our future president is speaking as i write this talking about the ecomony i have met many wonderful artists and crafters in my travels and for what ever reason you create it is important to your well- being and of course your pocket book.

Well Mr future president what will you do for the little guy?

  User Number A263832 -
  Vivienne Beauvais -
  Roberta Williams -
  Tina Krause -
  Dana Larson -
 Save the American Crafter!

  Cynthia Pool -
  Aaron - Linda -
  Bonnie Vodehnal -
  Charlotte Johnson -
  Lynn -
  Monika Rothenbuhler -
  Jody -
  Julia Farmer -
  Leigh Benowitz -
  Deb Smith -
  Cheryl Feyen D/B/A Magickal Designs -
  Matthew Etner -
  User Number A137940 -
  Holly Hendrix -
  Wilma Culp -
 This bill is just wrong for America's crafters on so many levels. We are a people that depends on our sales to make a living.
Because the FDA did not do their job FDA allowed foreign countries to import tainted products without regulation, Americas crafters are expected to suffer.
This bill covers ALL products geared for children under the age of 12.

  Kristen Juipe -
  User Number A179023 -
 This law is going to put my business under.

  Marie White -
  Gwen Davis -
  Nancy Sanner -
  Anne Outwater -
  Sheryl Glickman -
  Kinder Kloset -
  Marj -
  Maria Delgado-Pontani -
  s. carr -
  Diane Ross -
  Barbara -
  Hair Sprouts -
  Kirstie Gordon -
  Christopher Purcell -
  JANICE CERIMELI -
  Jamie Walker -
  TheCrayonBin.com -
  DeAnn Nightingale -
  Tracey Lynn -
  Deanna DeChauron -
  User Number A255080 -
  carolina -
  Millie Mullaguru -
  Missy Roth -
  User Number A220035 -
  Marcia Chaloux -
  Sue -
  Dawn Newcomb -
  Anne Friedman -
  Irene Forman -
  Toni Lee Savage -
 I didn't know crocheting hats and mittens would fall under this catagory, but nothing is safe!! There has to be some controll. Every crafter SHOULD know what is in their product and should be trusted.

  Brenda Posh -
  User Number A264395 -
  User Number A264396 -
  Kathryn Curry -
  BEACHESnBEADS -
  Jennifer Struwe -
  Louy -
  Karol Day -
  Junes -
  Anne Christenson -
  Susan Ann Bowman -
  bishoplk -
  wood creations "n" more -
  Sue Zoedak -
  Marie Baker -
  Missy -
  SUSAN -
  Autumn Creek -
  Harvard Milk Days, Inc. -
  Tonia Tyler -
 This is absolutly crazy. I agree safety is important but as so many people have stated, if we purchase our materials from reputable suppliers, the burden of proof should remain in the hands of the manufacturers of these supplies and not the small business owners and crafters. I make ornaments not necessarily intended for children, but as this legislation currently stands, I will not be able to sell my craft items.

  Bianca Hanson -
  angie -
  Heart n Sole Bears -
  JULIE FEIN -
  Veronica Wood -
  Jim Davis -
  From -
  Chef Jane -
  Dawn Conrad -
  Donna Somers -
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  Amanda Boyd -
  Maria H. Goetz -
  Gloria Turner -
  laurie cannon -
  DAVID MEDEIROS -
  Haydee -
  CatherineKnepper -
  Tina Brasacchio -
  Ginger Rathbun -
  J. Bailey -
  Pegi Gibson -
  Joe Sledge -
 I talked with Joann Fabrics and they said that they are responsable for testing the fabric and that I would not have to be concerned with it unless I use some other products in my pillows and blankets

  Sonia Barnett -
  Joe Guzek -
  Christine Hall -
  Kathy Anderson -
  Wendy -
  Linda Heffron -
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  Denise Harrington -
  Vinitta's Sparkling Jewels, LLC -
  Carolyn Patterson -
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Welcom to the new CPSIA group on CraftLister.com - 2009/01/04 - Louis Marquette


This is a short welcome notification that this group now exists. The goal is to bring together all people affected and all information known. The functionality of the \'group\' software will expand greatly in the next weeks as requests for features are received. hint hint.

I think the prime objective is to have HR 4040 changed such that hand-made small-scale children\'s products can be produced in the USA while maintaining the new safety requirements.

There are 2 main needs to be addressed:

First: Certification of 100% of components should automatically certify the end product as anything otherwise makes one-of-a-kinds impossible as the only one made would be destroyed in required testing.

Second, Natural components such as wood, cotton, stainless steel, iron, glass should be recognized as known to science as lead-free and therefor an automatically acceptable component not requiring testing

Another Wish that is not required:

Small, US based businesses should receive some sort of exemption if they produce under so many units. They should be exempt from labeling and testing and certifying, but not from complying – their products could even be spot-tested and they would still maintain all legal liability to provide a safe product.


Something we can do - 2009/01/06 - Silver Griffon Designs
Here's an idea that I am doing right now. I am joining as many arts and crafts forums that I can and posting information about CPSIA especially all the links that lead to more information. So far from what I have seen not a lot of people know about CPSIA which is sad. Even on craftlister as many people belong to this website only 250 people joined this group.
If you don't want your regular mailbox bombarded with stuff create a yahoo account so this way all the group forums you join to spread the word all the mail goes to one mailbox its free to creat a yahoo account. And this way you know where all the mail is going.

Spread the word Amend CPSIA

Stacey
Silver Griffon Designs


Please Upload Pictures of YOUR Children\'s Products to your Profile - 2009/01/05 - Louis Marquette
I am looking for photos of children\'s products that are hand-made and that it would be just plain dumb to test for lead in.
You can upload photos of your products to your profile on the \'my account\' page for free or you can use the \'photo wizard\' option to have out software scan your website for images to link to.


Current Suggested CPSIA Changes are NOT Sufficient - DEMAND Change! - 2009/01/14 - Louis Marquette
Re: http://www.CraftLister.com/CPSIA/ - It truly seems that most of our representatives, as another crafter said, 'just don't seem to get it'. They don't seem to understand our (small business and crafter) concerns about CPSIA as it was already SIGNED into law. They are not discounting our fears, they are not even addressing responses to them:

Response received from Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Spector by Jean Newcomb in Jan 2009:
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=302

Response received from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown by Sandra Kugenieks in Jan 2009:
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=303

Follows is the response received by Sue Breska in Jan 2009 from Minnesota Congressman James L. Oberstar on CPSIA:
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=304

To Re-Iterate what I have thoroughly elaborated on elsewhere, small businesses and crafters need the following:
* Proof of 100% of component compliance should be enough for hand-made products.
* Automatic assumption of component compliance for natural, normally lead-free components – The current proposals for allowed supplies are as yet still TOO narrow. Proposed ones here: http://www.craftlister.com/message_board.php?PageType=ShowPost&PostID=6612
* Allow compliance certification to be passed with the sale of a product. A supplier's third party certification should moot your own testing of an unmodified product.
* Existing stock should not have to be immediately wasted, there should be some accommodation for existing stock.
* Limits of production under which certification is not required. This could include reduced certification requirements without removal of the liability, similar to how FDA mandated food labeling works.
* Removal of the concept of 'lots' as they can not be applied to hand-made items. If only ONE of an item is made, that unit itself would be destroyed by the proposed required testing. This law must specifically address and allow for the legal hand-made production of one-of-a-kind toys without expensive testing.

( the above is online at http://www.CraftLister.com/CPSIA/ - but PLEASE send me additional ideas!! http://www.craftlister.com/contact – I need a final list of suggestion within days as I plan to send it and these proposed changes by snail mail to all congressmen myself. PLEASE GIVE ME FEEDBACK http://www.craftlister.com/contact )


There seems to be some that think there is change on the horizon, unfortunately, as current measures stand, they will not be sufficient. Too little... Too late... The current improvements aim mostly to allow use of a few VERY raw supplies. Wood with NO treatment of ANY kind – this means no organic dyes or stains, probably not even food coloring! As far as things like shellac, I don't think these suits even know what such a substance is nor where it comes from let alone will something as basic as it included unless many more people speak up.

Since the CPSC is asking for comments on what changes should be required, all crafters of children's products should respond. Send them a list of your raw supplies and a short paragraph describing your manufacturing process. Include info on what your batches or 'lots' are. What your sales are vs profit, how many different types of toys you make and about how many total individual units per year. Details at: This is online at: http://www.CraftLister.com/CPSIA/ under 'What You Can Do'



Today is the last day to vote at Change.org to save small busineses from - 2009/01/15 - Louis Marquette
Today is the last day to vote at Change.org to save small busineses from the CPSIA. Voting ends today at 5pm EST, so please vote now. Your vote today will ensure a prominent place on the national agenda for small children's product manufacturers.

Go to:

http://www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia

The Change.org server is very busy today, so if you get an error, please try again after 5 minutes. This is the second round of voting, so if you voted prior to 12/31/08, we need you to vote again.

If you have already voted in the second round, thank you so much for your continued support and please disregard this email.


What is going to happen with CPSIA in the end? - 2009/01/16 - Louis Marquette
What is going to happen with CPSIA in the end? How will it affect crafters of children's products? My best guess is business as usual except that a few of us will be picked of with selective prosecution of the new law.

There are changes under way to allow for use of a very few natural supplies, but nowhere near what crafters actually need to be able to use. This fact must be pressed upon our representatives!

There has NOT been to talk that I have become aware of about allowing pre-certified non-raw and non-natural components to be used. Crafters need to be able to use store-bought fabric, ribbon, string, yarn, pipe cleaners, waxes (paraffin, bee, plant (Carnauba) ), shellac, Elmer's animal based glue, etc, etc. There should also be provisions for additional raw supplies and component supplies to be added as acceptable if KNOWN by science to be lead free.

There has also NOT been any talk about reduced labeling requirements for small manufacturers under so many units per year. This type of allowance is given for food companies that produce under a certain quantity, and children do eat food. So why must kids toys be labeled safe to eat o matter who makes them but their food is NOT required to be labeled as safe if the maker of that food is a small company. Is this making sense to anyone???

Tell other crafters about http://www.craftlister.com/CPSIA/

The CPSC has said: ( the CPSC is the Gov agency that will enforce the law of CPSIA )

     The toy police will not descend upon America on February 10 th.

'Released' Jan 8 th 2008 ( emailed by them on the 9 th ) - CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children's Product Safety Laws: Guidance Intended for Resellers of Children's Products, Thrift and Consignment Stores http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html - Here is their 'clarification' summarized in their own words:

In February 2009, new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) take effect. Manufacturers, importers and retailers are expected to comply with the new Congressionally-mandated laws. Beginning February 10, 2009, children’s products cannot be sold if they contain more than 600 parts per million (ppm) total lead.

Under the new law, children’s products with more than 600 ppm total lead cannot lawfully be sold in the United States on or after February 10, 2009, even if they were manufactured before that date.

The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.

The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties. - ( I read this as selective enforcement and selective prosecution. - Louy)

When the CPSIA was signed into law on August 14, 2008, it became unlawful to sell recalled products. All resellers should check the CPSC Web site (www.cpsc.gov) for information on recalled products before taking into inventory or selling a product. The selling of recalled products also could carry civil and/or criminal penalties.

While CPSC expects every company to comply fully with the new laws resellers should pay special attention to certain product categories.
     
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Comment Received:
For those affected by this new law, what do we do about signing up for future shows? On one hand, not wanting to pay for shows I might not be able to attend and on the other hand, hoping the laws will be changed in time for future shows.

CraftLister.com Response:
I would say to trudge ahead as usual. It seems the trend with CPSIA suggested revisions is that they want to have the penalties there in CASE someone does sell lead-filled-goodies to children, but as long as products are safe they will not be taken out. My opinion is that the law is poorly worded and that as it is, it does make many things illegal although the CPSC seems to say that they will not be nitpicking. The law should be changed so that it is CLEAR what is allowed. As the law is written, it says that any product must be tested, yet the CPSC released a document that classifies as guidelines wherein they say “The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards. The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties. ”.
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Tell other crafters about http://www.craftlister.com/CPSIA/ !


Pending Approval
Excellent Article from Forbes - 2009/01/17 - Debra Caserotti
http://www.forbes.com/opinions/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html


Letter with LIST of REVISIONS to CPSIA mailed to Washington - 2009/01/30 - Louis Marquette
This letter was mailed on 1/28/09 to the 98 US Senators I could find Washington addresses for. On 1/29/09 it was mailed to 25 additional people: the President, VP, some folks at the CPSP, etc. I do NOT expect a large number of replies as i explicitly state: "P.S. No reply is expected. This info was sent for your edification only, not to solicit response. DO contact me if I can help you.".
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More info online at: http://www.CraftLister.com/CPSIA/

Hello!               

I am a 25 year veteran exhibitor of the craft shows circuit and the creator/owner of the largest online directory of 50,000 art and craft shows which helps over 100,000 registered exhibitors and countless other anonymous site and syndication users. Most craft events that info is disseminated on are run by towns, historical societies, police/ambulance, schools & churches, and other non-profit organizations – and so directly benefit the public.
                                              - Louis Marquette / CraftLister.com / 570-504-4304

I am sending this letter to all Senators of the 111th Congress as I am intensely concerned over the unintended ramifications and consequences of HR4040, which has the good and noble goal of eliminating the presence of all lead in children's toys. There have been numerous proposals for revision, none of which serve the purpose of total reform, but are only an attempt to placate the public outcry asking for reform. To that end. I have included separately a starting list of revisions crafters would require made to HR4040 to enable them to continue to ply their trade for you and comply with law while maintaining safety.

One unintended consequence was partly addressed in a recent CPSC ruling that allows booksellers a partial exemption. A second consequence was partly addressed by another recent ruling allowing thrift stores, "re-sellers" of children goods, an exemption from required pre-sales testing, however, it retains the penalties for the inadvertent selling of tainted products. Since testing of used-goods is impractical: "They'll all have to go to the landfill," said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops. CPSC release #09-086 on 1/8/09 to clarify their position: “ The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products .... Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties. “ How many resellers will risk 'civil and/or criminal penalties' vs. how many will waste goods?

A third unintended consequence is that the new requirements of HR4040 will leave many individual artists and crafters running small, at-home businesses unable to comply, thereby decimating the American marketplace for yet another product category, Hand-Made Children's Products, and will leave children's product craftsmen, primarily elderly, without hope.

  • HR4040 must be revised to specifically allow for the legal, hand-made production of one-of-a-kind children's products without expensive testing where it is unwarranted.

  • Crafters need a distinction for US hand-made toys such that compliance of their final product can be verified via documentation of all supplies having been certified as toxic-free or as known to naturally be lead free and safe.

  • Crafters need a more expansive explicit list of known-to-science-to-be-lead-free substance than proposed reforms enumerate and a means by which additional safe, but unitemized, supplies could be used.

  • Crafters need small business accommodation in the legislation for small yearly quantities and for small lot sizes.



Crafters could start obtaining certification of their purchased raw supplies from their manufacturers; but, even though all their components may be known to be safe, the end product also must now be tested according to HR4040 and certified safe at enormous cost for the crafter. Average gross sales for a professional crafter is only $26,000 in sales per year before costs (CraftLister.com/reports/ ). If crafters must pay each year for each design in every color, obviously NO crafter but the most massive, automated-production lines in China will be able to compete.

The CPSIA was supported by large toy manufactures and major outlet stores and their associations. It is no wonder, as they stand to benefit in every way now that their industry is beyond the means of every-day people since it is becoming a Federal Felony to do something as simple as sell a wooden toy you hand-made from wood grown on your own property w/o paying to have it tested and labeled as so certified. Reduced competition for large retailers will allow for them to raise their prices to pass on their testing costs in a now corporate-player-only children's industry. Rather than reducing national corporate outsourcing, which will always endanger us with inferior and toxic products, we received legislation that outlaws only 2 out-of countless hazardous substances and legislates unnecessary labeling and documentation. The very same large businesses that sold foreign-produced toys containing toxic compounds, will be able to do costly tests, for probably only the 2 legislated dangerous compounds while they cut costs in other areas with new hazards, on their limited product lines to certify them for sale and consumption, while small-scale production hand-made US crafters who have not been cited with adding toxic compounds to toys will go out of business.

Make no mistake, great harm has already been done by HR4040. To modify it does not mollify the damages done being done now to small manufactures as they worry and stress about what they will need to do about an already signed law, or those struggling to comply with an unanticipated law, or those that have already quit or sold their businesses. Rick Woldenberg testified before a videotaped 11-6-08 CPSC Panel that one of his competitors offered to sell to him rather than face compliance - is this not harm done already to the American business community and therefor all Americans? Reduced competition and the loss of the jobs provided by the businesses that were the competition is but one of the harms caused.

Crafters should not have a law looming over them without appropriate and proper small business consideration. Any exceptions that lawmakers intend to extend to small business must be codified in the law. No one expects MP's to haul Granny away for selling bibs from store-bought fabric, buy neither should she live in fear of the law that she IS breaking.

Besides the at least 100,000 'professional' crafters registered with CraftLister.com, as an industry expert, I would estimate that there are 300,000-500,000 additional individuals in the US that sell their crafts at events mainly for either pleasure, to socialize, or to partially supplement their income. Including the number of individuals that resell goods at flea-markets, swap meets, and yard sales - and the affected skyrockets well into the millions of people. For many families, it's the money used to buy their kids extras. For others, it enables the basics: heat, food, and roof. How many elderly people will have to make further cuts to their medication or food. How many additional families will need to turn to the government to support them?

When those affected seek out other employment it will mean increased competition for all Americans in an already sickeningly-poor job market. Those that don't find other work will face foreclosures of their homes and delinquency on other loans, worsening our economy. The trickle down effect of the loss of craft 'jobs' will lead to reduced craft supplies sales, reduced spending by crafters in their communities on all levels, less exhibitors at already faltering craft shows nationwide, fewer hand-made products will be available to Buy-American conscious consumers.

Crafting itself and craft shows help people maintain their sanity and their dignity by keeping them productive. The vast majority of our nations craft dabblers need their craft for very personal reasons - they do NOT do it for BIG money. As strange as it may seem to a professional capitalist, there are many times the number of smaller crafters, individuals, out there who are either just starting, who do it to express themselves creatively through Art, who do it for the social interaction, and who do it as their own form of therapy. Many crafters explicitly tell me that their craft is therapy for them, as in: “they don't know what they would do without it”. How many elderly crafters have little other human interaction besides weekend shows? How many others have been kept from suicide or from serious depression?

Many crafters are professionals and make a comfortable living, but can not afford a testing fee of any amount on every item, every time they make it. For others, even the possible required paper-work alone would be prohibitive - it by-itself will put many out of business. Those of us that make products for children with our own hands do so with the utmost care because we have children and grandchildren that play with and use also our own products. It is not just a job, it is our LIFE! Of course there are exceptions to this, there are an increasing number of people that remove or obscure labels or 'Made In ...' markings and sells foreign-made toys as their own. We true crafters do our best to fight such behavior when possible, but we need support in such a monumental battle. Buy/Sell foreign imports hurt all Americans. The problem is imports not toys.

Given the variety of things already smuggled into the US: bootleg music, video and PC CD's, fake pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs, even human slaves. Are we expecting criminals to check their all their children's products with customs? For those that forge pharmaceutical labels and CD holograms a toy label would be easy to duplicate. Illicit foreign-made children's products are an actual concern for me, and should be for you too, because I hear much about the industry and I see for myself the craft industry change over the years first-hand, and I can testify to the following: Over the last decade imported fake-hand-made crafts, children's products included, have been infiltrating and FLOODING craft shows. Most shows are now literally 75%-95% buy-sell China-made junk. Exhibitors peddling Chinese goods as their own perpetuate their fraud by lying on event applications that they make their items, by SYSTEMATICALLY & ILLEGALLY removing any 'Made in China' stickers and any other labeling from all individual items to be sold to the public, and with LIES to and total deception of the end consumer. It is a conspiracy between many, as large US distributors of foreign products actively encourage this behavior by providing their customers with instructions on how to dis-assemble the products so that pictures can be taken of the pieces to be used to apply to Hand-Made-Only-'Juried' Shows. There are even some gangs involved to the extent that the group books any show they can get into, then one of a dozen of the gang's 'teams' goes to sell at each event; they of course falsify their application and usually even arrive with a different category than claimed of foreign-made goods with origin-markings removed.

I hope that the above overview of the concern aroused from the craft community by HR4040 is informative. A list of Requested Modifications to HR 4040 from the craft community follows. I wish it were more expansive, but the general response I got to the craft community to requests for lists of items they use was instead one of: “Wait, WHAT'S going on?!? Who told you about this? Why haven't I heard about this anywhere else, I can't believe I wouldn't have!”, “I face paint, does this affect me?”, and “What if I put up a sign saying For-Adults-Only on my jewelry stand?”.

I am willing to come to Washington to testify before a committee, or to meet with you and present some alternative solutions to the inequities of the bill. Please contact me if I can help you in any way! Thank You & Good Luck!




                                         -Louy /     Louis Marquette / CraftLister.com / 570-504-4304

P.S. No reply is expected. This info was sent for your edification only, not to solicit response. DO contact me if I can help you.
You must place a hold on the implementation of HR4040 until it is appropriately and effectively revised.
I realize you have received many request for change of HR4040. The following is the start of those changes:

Starting List of Requested Modifications to HR4040

     Proof of 100% of component compliance should be enough for hand-made products.

     Automatic assumption of component compliance for ALL natural OR normally lead-free components. Automatic compliance should extend to all materials known by science to not contain lead.
The current short list of natural materials listed in the CPSC's current proposed HR4040 revisions are INADEQUITE for the DIVERSITY of HAND-MADE CRAFTERS! We need a much more expansive explicit list of known-to-science-to-be-lead-free substance than current proposed reforms enumerate and we need a means by which additional, unitemized in the legislation, but KNOWN safe components could be approved without testing and also used.

     Allow compliance certification to be passed with the sale of a product. A supplier's third party certification should moot your own testing of a product/part/supply as happens with flammability certification.      

     Existing stock should not have to be immediately wasted, there should be some accommodation for existing stock. As law stands, all unlabeled children's products in any store or warehouse anywhere will need to be destroyed!!!

      Wasting Stock should not require a Hazardous Waste Disposal Permit. Currently all children's goods “shall be treated as banned hazardous substance under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (15 U.S.C. 1261 et seq. ) ”, meaning you can't just throw them out even!

Adjustments for Small Business:

     Limits of production under which certification is not required. This could include reduced certification requirements without removal of the liability, similar to how FDA mandated food labeling works.

     Removal of the concept of 'lots' as they can not be applied to hand-made items. If only one of an item is made, that unit itself would be destroyed by the proposed required testing. This law must specifically address and allow for the legal hand-made production of one-of-a-kind toys without expensive testing.

Partial List of natural, normally lead-free components:

The Earth Itself
-stone: any rock/mineral/crystal other than known lead ores should be exempt. sand
-metals such as: Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Sterling Silver, Gold, Copper, Platinum, Palladium, etc.
-water, NaCl salt, lime, calcium carbonate, etc. ad infinitum – all these and many other chemical compounds are by their nature lead free below requirements.

Flora
-wood, bark, roots, leaves, reproductive structures (cones, seeds, fruit, flowers etc)
-all natural fibers such as cotton, jute, hemp, vegetable fiber
-dried flowers & botanicals
-human food-grade flora products such as: milled grain (flour), extracted oils, esters, seeds, vegetable dyes, grains, beans, sugar
-other flora product\s specifically used by crafters : carnauba wax, dyes, straw, hay,

Fauna
-all animal/fish/insect/microbe parts such as wool, feathers, hair, fur, whiskers, claws, horns, untanned skin, seashells, bones, coral, beaks, teeth
-all animal/fish/insect/microbe products such as oils, milk, silk, shellac, bee wax, honey, alcohol, pearls

While not natural, other materials used as raw supplies by crafters are known to be lead free:
- supplies made themselves from only natural products: wooden dowels or pegs (made only of wood), burlap (made only of plant fiber), etc.
-synthetic fibers already approved for children such as polyester, etc. All cloth, ribbon, thread, etc. that is already sold in stores as approved for home garment fabrication.
-glue, rope, rubber bands
- chain (of gold, silver, copper, stainless steel, etc),
-nails, tacks, staples
-pipe cleaners
-construction paper, crayons, blocks, markers, clay, play-dough, etc. (these are safe for kids to play with but not to have a toy made of?)
-wood stain & varnish (these are approved for home floor, baseboard, chair, etc. use. If those are not acceptable to CPSC then there are even clear coats that are FDA approved for food utensils & plateware use that should be listed as acceptable for toy use..)
-paraffin wax (a petroleum wax)
-wire garland and curling ribbon ( used for halo's )
-glass, even with metals in matrix; as even if ingested, these metals do not leech.
-ETC. - there are literally thousands of items of all types that crafters use as/for supplies or parts or use.

An option to consider is optional government testing instead of third party labs. This allows for standardization of testing, lower costs based on their larger volume, and the beneficial fact that more aspects of the toy can be tested and even obvious defects that no set-criteria could cover could yet be seen in person and during mock-use. Also, with government toy testing, even the smallest toy maker could have at least one product sent in for a free gloss over inspection (hopefully free), while the next level of production might have to send one of each product line but not in every color (for a non-profit fee), and the most produced toys of course thoroughly inspected and tested (for a 10% profit). Crafters have expressed concern with this suggestion of government lab testing though, their fears focused on long processing times and not being able to sell items until approved when often they make their stock week to week and many fulfilling custom orders.

Is our supply line itself safe? Isn't all the US sold cloth, thread, glue, etc. tested and known-to-be-safe before we buy it? If not, shouldn't we make the whole supply line safe so that all end products are? Lead paint is illegal in the US. The toys with lead paint were made in China. If the supply line of US paint is really lead free, why should a US-made toy be tested for lead paint?

Lead is toxic to people of all ages & to all life. While only youngsters eat their toys, what about lead paint on adult products being touched by adults? What about the lead in adult products after they go the the landfill or to the side of the road? Lets get rid of Lead, and Mercury, and all other toxic substances where they are unnecessary (except to lower production costs) from all goods and products for the sake of all aged humans, for all life on Earth, and for the all future generations of life on Earth. The lead in the bracelet that a child ate should not have been there not because there was a chance a child might eat it, but the lead should not have been there because there was no reason for it to be in a trinket that did not require its use and that would eventually be lost or trashed – thereby directly placing a hazardous heavy metal in our environment. This is the larger point, which was missed with the passage of HR4040. What about poisonous dog food from China? What about poisonous or otherwise tainted human food? The source of the bulk of our consumed goods must be returned to our own country's producers since goods from a foreign nation will never be as safe. How many must suffer and die from other import issues before you realize this and prove it with appropriate legislation?

More importantly than CPSIA, this HR4040 fiasco evidences the need for a reform in the process of constructing effective legislation. How were all these problems ( arts & craft industry is but one cottage industry of many experiencing interpretation and implementation problems from what I read) not seen in foresight? As the only contact for the largest craft show directory online, servicing tens of thousands of unique individuals per month, I find it unbelievable that no crafter mentioned CPSIA to me until the end of Dec 2008, nor had I heard about it in the public news or in my industry specific publications and sites. Almost all recent inquiries to myself, even up to today, indicate that the craft community at large did not see this coming and did not know about it until the last few weeks, and many still haven't heard about CPSIA and how it will affect them. This leads to the natural question: Shouldn't the affected industry have been included in the construction of legislation that will descend upon it or is having a say only for the big corporate guys in suits, not crafters in straw hats? How many makers of hand-made children's products were interviewed or questioned in the planing of CPSIA? Since we are a Republic, individuals are not given a say, per-say, but we are entitled to your consideration which was denied to the hand-makers of US children's products.
                                     - Louy / Louis Marquette / CraftLister.com / 570-504-4304




Does anyone have a response to share? - 2009/01/30 - Louis Marquette
Please send in your Senator's or Congressman's response. There are only a few so far an none with the origional letter. Please include that if possible. Send to me via the site 'Contact' link only! - Louy

Response received by Jean Newcomb in Jan 2009 from Senator Arlen Spector on testing of children's products:
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=302

Response received by Sandra Kugenieks in Jan 2009 from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown on CPSIA:
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=303

Follows is the response received by Sue Breska in Jan 2009 from Minnesota Congressman James L. Oberstar on CPSIA:
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=304

Follows is the response received by Mike Carter on Jan 16th 2009 from Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio on CPSIA: (starting to show that someone gets the picture, even if it's still fuzzy)
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=305

Follows is the response received by Bryant Betsill at the end of Jan 2009 from Senator Saxby Chambliss of GA
http://www.craftlister.com/text?PageType=Print&ID=306


CPSIA Rally in Washington on April 1 st! - 2009/03/26 - Louis Marquette
CPSIA Update: Rally in Washington on April 1 st!
http://AmendTheCPSIA.com/

CraftLister.com's Louy will be in attendance. How about you?

Date and Location: 10:00am, April 1 at the Capitol Visitors Center, Room HVC201 A&B, The U.S. Capitol.
More information on the Visitor’s Center is: http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/

Speakers will include Members of Congress and representatives from:
• Charitable Organizations
• National Association of Manufacturers
• Small Business owners from various industries affected by CPSIA
• Motorcycle and ATV dealerships
• Publishers and Library Associations
• Product safety and lead experts (to discuss science-based risk assessment)

Confirmed Participating Organizations (as of March 16, 2009)):

• Alliance for Children’s Product Safety
• American Apparel and Footwear Association
• American Motorcycle Association
• Fashion Jewelry Trade Association;
• Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
• Handmade Toy Alliance
• International Sleep Products Association

• Motorcycle Industry Council
• National Association of Manufacturers
• National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops
• National Bulk Vendors Association
• Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
• Toy Industry Association

For additional information, please contact the Alliance for Children’s Product Safety at 202-828-7637 or http://AmendTheCPSIA.com/



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