NHTSA Partners with ACT Lab to Ensure Helmet Safety

Recently, the U.S. government awarded ACT Lab its third consecutive contract. Under the latest five-year agreement with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, ACT Lab will perform independent motorcycle helmet safety testing as outlined in the U.S. Government Code of Federal Regulations known as Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 218.

“Being in daily communication with NHTSA officials helps us stay abreast of trends and challenges that affect all helmet manufacturers, which in turn helps us to continually educate the industries we serve, raise standards, and educate our customers – all of which increases efficiency and safety overall,” said Scott Huber, ACT Lab’s director of global operations and the lead contact with NHTSA officials.

For more details, please click here to read the full press release.

Update: CA Proposition 65

The major compliance development of 2018, California’s Proposition 65 warning label changes, continues to have a massive effect on manufacturers around the world. According to the California Office of the Attorney General, 884 violation notices related to Prop 65 have been filed since the changes began on September 1, 2018 – an average of 8.9 per working day. This is a 16% increase in reported violations compared to the same timeframe in 2017-18.
Under updates to the law, fines for noncompliance can be up to $2,500 per violation per day and complaints may be lodged by individual consumers. Despite the changes having been announced over two years ago, many companies remain out of compliance. Experts at ACT Lab continue to receive daily inquiries from concerned manufacturers and retailers and are assisting companies with becoming compliant in terms of both chemical testing and labeling.
Overview of Prop 65 Updates:
Amendments to the 1986 California state law known as Proposition 65 went into effect on August 30, 2018, requiring manufacturers and retailers who sell goods in the state of California (online or via brick and mortar locations) to include detailed warning labels that alert California consumers to any toxic chemical-containing products known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity by the State of California.

Resource Links:

  • Proposition 65 Warnings Website: www.p65warnings.ca.gov
  • Outdoor Industry Association webinar outlining changes and manufacturer/retailer compliance requirements
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Clear and Reasonable Warnings, prepared by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

CA Adds Soluble Nickel to List of Prop 65 Toxic Chemicals

On October 26, 2018, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added nickel (soluble compounds) to its list of Prop 65 chemicals, based on a recommendation from the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC).

Nickel (soluble compounds) is somewhat common in consumer goods, and has been determined to cause male reproductive toxicity. Warning labeling requirements will phase in after a one-year grace period and could apply to any products that contain soluble nickel in any amount, as a “safe harbor” threshold for the chemical has not been established by the OEHHA. For more information and to track future developments, please visit the OEHHA website.

ACT Lab Expands China CMA Scope to Include GB Standards

ACT Lab recently added a new accreditation to its testing repertoire: the Chinese Guobiao (GB) National Standards. With this authorization, ACT Lab is officially approved to test toys and cycling products intended for the Chinese domestic market.

These GB standards are similar to EN/ISO European standards and required for products that are sold in domestically China, whether they are produced locally or imported.

ACT Lab’s accreditation encompasses the following categories:

  • GB 6675.4-2014 Safety of toys part 4: Migration of certain elements
  • GB 24613-2009 Limit of harmful substances of coatings for toys
  • GB 6675.2-2014 Safety of toys part 2: Mechanical and physical properties
  • GB 3565-2005 Safety requirements for bicycles
  • GB 14746-2006 Safety requirements for bicycles for young children

Welcome, New Clients:

Sportswear Inc

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MHR Helmet
Pearl IZumi

Now’s the Time to Schedule 2019 Testing

As January winds down, it’s a great time to look ahead and ensure that your company’s regulatory compliance needs are being met for 2019 and beyond.

ACT Lab can help your organization with testing and compliance. Please contact us at (562) 470-7215 or email us at info@act-lab.com to discuss your company’s specific needs, discuss scheduling, and learn how ACT Lab can help.