16 March 2018
CPSC Seeks Input on Priorities for FYs 2019 and 2020, Considers Petition on Inflatable Protective Devices
The Consumer Product Safety Commission will conduct a public hearing on 11 April to receive views from all interested parties about its agenda and priorities for fiscal years 2019 and 2020. Requests to make oral presentations at the hearing, as well as the written text of any such presentations and any written comments, must be submitted by 28 March. Issues to be considered at the hearing include the following.
- priorities the CPSC should consider emphasising and dedicating resources toward
- activities the CPSC should consider de-emphasising
- retrospective review of rules the CPSC should consider
- CPSC priorities, including (i) focusing agency resources on the highest-priority consumer product safety risks, (ii) continuing to support import surveillance by incrementally developing the Risk Assessment Methodology system to identify and stop noncompliant imported products from entering the U.S. marketplace, (iii) emphasising outreach and education by engaging all stakeholders through forums and workshops, and (iv) expanding the sources and types of data analysis used to identify and assess product safety risks and inform compliance decisions
- whether the CPSC should consider making any changes or adjustments to its proposed or on-going safety standards activities, regulation and enforcement efforts
Separately, the CPSC will accept comments by 8 May on a petition from Hövding Sweden AB requesting an exemption for inflatable head protective devices for bicyclists from the testing requirements of the mandatory safety standard for bicycle helmets, if such products comply with, and are certified to, requirements in another standard that Hövding states is appropriate to test such products.
Hövding manufactures and markets a product that is intended to prevent or reduce head injuries to bicyclists in a crash. That product is worn around the cyclist’s neck, like a collar. In the event of a crash it inflates to cover the rider’s head for a few seconds and then deflates. Hövding points out that the requirements in the bike helmet standard only anticipate hard shell bike helmets and do not anticipate other types of designs that protect a cyclist’s head. Hövding adds that protective devices like its product cannot meet the bike helmet standard, as written, because the test procedures are not appropriate for these types of inflatable products.
According to Hövding, the Swedish standard, SP-Method 4439, was designed to ensure that some of the performance criteria applied to hard shell helmets in the bike helmet standard are applied to inflatable head protection devices, sufficient to demonstrate that such products can protect a cyclist’s head in an accident.