Jan 10, 2009

How the CPSIA will potentially affect libraries

Yep, all children's books are now banned and must be destroyed. Schools and libraries are just now getting wind of this. Has this law gotten out of control or what? Here is an article from the Boston Phoenix:

The American Library Association is on top of this issue. We could not ask for a better friend. The ALA was one of the few organizations to successfully fight the Patriot Act. I expect them to CRUSH CPSIA. Politely. With lots of research.
I've never seen children gnawing regularly on books anyway. Of the thousands of books I've loaned out as a teacher, none has come back with teeth marks...
You do realize that this is for middle school on down since the age is 12 and under. Oh yes, my 6th graders regularly ate their books. Sheesh!

Oooh, will I'm on yet another rant, I would like to post about how idiotic they want to go about testing too:
Lets say you have certificates from each manufactorer that you buy from, letting you know that the product you are using (say thread for example) is lead free and safe. Not good enough. The END result has to be tested. So if make a t-shirt onsie and applique a heart on one I have to test each item going in to making that product. Let's say I change it and now want to put a flower on it out of the same material. Now I have to RETEST the whole thing, even though I know that all the components are the same and safe. Lets take my shoes now. Each shoe has about 5-6 different components of materials going into them. Testing is $150-$200 per component, so one shoe runs about $1000 to test. Now lets say the next shoe uses all the same components but changes just one. I can't just test the new component. I have to rerun the whole test all over again. Yep, another $1000 down the drain. Say I run out of a bolt and go back to the store to get a new bolt of the exact same cloth. New bolt, new testing for the WHOLE shoe all over again. A lead-free certificate from the manufactorer who made the fabric doesn't count.

Guess manufactors weren't in the whole drafting process here when they made up this law. Mattel and Playskool aren't thrilled to test, but they can and it will just be passed on to the consumer. Secretly, I bet they love it though. This law is affectively putting all their competition out of business and letting them take over. The small businesses can't possibly do this. Not only that, but a typical toy can cost up to $4000 to test!!!!

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