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Friday, October 19, 2018

France

 

Safety requirements for barbecues using solid fuels

Safety requirements for barbecues using solid fuels

In August 2018, the Legifrance website published a Notice concerning the application of Decree No. 2006-18 of 4 January 2006 on the safety of barbecues using solid fuels.

This notice includes the list of references of the standards to be applied in order to grant conformity with the requirements of  Article 4 (1°) of Decree No 2006-18 of January 4th, 2006 relative to the safety of barbecues using solid fuels.

Read the text here.

 

France

 

Practical guides for consumer products

 

This summer, the Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF) has published a guide about consumer products as below (in French):
 
Gardening and DIY equipment.

 

US

 

California Proposition 65 reformulations (September, 2018)

 

California Proposition 65 is the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, which has been effective for almost 30 years. Due to the implement of California Proposition 65, more and more court cases are settled to reduce the exposure of carcinogenic and reproductive chemicals by reformulating the consumer products containing such chemicals.

In order to keep retailers and manufacturers up-to-date, the highlights of the consent agreement are summarized as below:
 

Product Chemical Limit Case No

Clear plastic tips utilized on food skewer products

DEHP, DBP and DINP 

1000ppm
Products exceeding the limit shall utilize a warning statement

Out of court

Angle tongs

DEHP and DINP 

1000ppm
Products exceeding the limit shall utilize a warning statement

Out of court

 

US

 

alifornia passes flame retardant bill AB2998

California passes flame retardant bill AB2998

On 7th September 2018, California’s flame retardant bill AB2998 was enrolled and presented to the Governor and expected to be signed into law in the near future.

From January 1, 2020, it is prohibited to sell or distribute in California any new juvenile products, mattresses, or upholstered furniture containing covered flame retardant chemicals or a constituent component at levels above 1,000 parts per million.

Covered flame retardant chemicals means any chemical whose functional use is to resist or inhibit the spread of fire including one of the following:

  • A halogenated, organophosphorus, organonitrogen, or nanoscale chemical
  • A chemical defined as a “designated chemical” in Section 105440 of the Health and Safety Code
  • A chemical covered in the Washington’s list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children

The following products are not covered in this ban:

  • Electronic components of juvenile products, mattresses, reupholstered furniture, upholstered furniture, or any associated casing for those electronic components
  • Upholstered or reupholstered furniture components other than those identified in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 19094
  • Thread or fiber when used for stitching mattress components together
  • Components of adult mattresses other than foam

For more information click here.

 

US

 

Standards updates

 

Below a summary table with some recent ASTM standards updates:
 

Reference Title

ASTM F2933 - 18

Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Crib Mattresses