Finally! Today President Bush signed landmark product safety reform legislation into law. This law will help proptect our kids from unwanted chemicals and lead in toys and kids products. The law, according to the list posted on the Consumer Reports website outlines what it entails:
- Lead will be essentially eliminated from all children’s products.
- Toys and other children’s products will be required to be tested for safety before they are sold.
- Toxic phthalates will be banned from children’s products.
- CPSC will receive substantial increases in its resources including its budget, staffing levels, computer resources and its various authorities to conduct recalls and take other actions.
- CPSC will have the authority to levy more significant civil penalties against violators of its safety regulations, which will help deter wrongdoing.
- The CPSC will be restored to five commissioners but quorum will be immediately restored with the two current commissioners in power.
- State Attorneys General will have the necessary authority to enforce product safety laws.
- Consumers will have access to a public database to report and learn about hazards posed by unsafe products.
- Whistleblowers will be granted important protections.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 aims to make huge improvements to an antiquated system… Long overdue! It’s nice to finally see some progress being made. I’ll keep my opinion on Bush’s usual antics to myself and just bask in the glory of what he accomplished today.