Toronto to Host ASTM F08.10 Bicycle Meeting May 10
The ASTM F08 Committee on Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces and Facilities will meet May 9 – 11 in Toronto, Canada to discuss the latest developments on product safety and maintain standards within their industries. Made up from thousands of volunteer members, ASTM subcommittees review items at the forefront of technical advancement and concern for companies and product developers. Specific topics for the bicycle technical committee this May focus on cycling accessories, frames, wheels, and advanced materials and methods.
ASTM F963-16 Toy Safety Amendments Now Effective
The new version of U.S. Toy Safety Standard ASTM F963 became effective April 30, 2017 and amends and clarifies details related to labeling, instructional literature, batteries, stuffing cleanliness, heavy elements, impact hazards, magnets, ride-on toys, toy chests, mouth actuated toys, toy projectiles, and more. The new edition now also aligns the U.S. Standard more closely with the European Toy Standard EN-71.The “direct and final rule” published in the U.S. Federal Register states “… ASTM F963-16 contains clarifications, corrections, and new requirements that will increase safety, reduce testing burden, or enhance clarity and utility of the standard.”
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Update: California Proposition 65 – Clear and Reasonable Warnings
The state of California requires businesses to provide a “clear and reasonable” warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Article 6, Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations will be replaced with a new regulation that will become operative on August 30, 2018 focused on warning consumers of exposure to toxic chemicals. Businesses have been moving to comply with the new regulation in an interim basis since August 30, 2016, adopting the new warning requirements for their products.
An example of the new code requirements under section 25603 – Consumer Product Exposure Warnings – Content states in addition to other criteria, a warning meets the requirements if it includes all the following elements:
- A symbol consisting of a black exclamation point in a yellow equilateral triangle with a bold black outline. Where the sign, label or shelf tag for the product is not printed using the color yellow, the symbol may be printed in black and white. The symbol shall be placed to the left of the text of the warning, in a size no smaller than the height of the word “WARNING”.
- The word “WARNING” in all capital letters and bold print, and:
- For exposures to listed carcinogens, the words, “This product can expose you to chemicals including [name of one or more chemicals], which is [are] known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.”
- For exposures to listed reproductive toxins, the words, “This product can expose you to chemicals including [name of one or more chemicals], which is [are] known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov .”
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