November 20, 2008

What can I do?

If you haven't heard the latest on the CPSIA, you are not the only one. The CPSC is in a state of absolute chaos. In the last week they have handed down "final" rules, some with public input and some without. Some conflict with previous statements. If you have a question or comment, please send it to the CPSC.

This legislation begs the question of what we are doing. The intent was to protect children. The resulting legislation affects every single business in the country regardless of the product they make. The resulting costs to meet the requirements will result in the closure of hundreds of businesses.

Safety of children is a top priority and there is more product testing that should be done. Let's face facts though. Things happen. A certificate of compliance will not ensure a 100% safe product. No legislation will achieve that. What it will do is increase the cost of product development. It will affect all of those very small, micro businesses that produce in very small numbers. You should expect a huge decrease in child related businesses, fewer products, and increased retail prices.

As I have said before this legislation affects everyone. It does not matter if you sell on Ebay, Etsy, craigslist or to Wal-Mart. If you make or retail any regulated product, you will have to comply with this legislation.

What can you do?

1. Read, study, and comment on the legislation. Final rules have yet to be written. You can have influence on the rules.
2. Spread the word. Suppliers, retailers, manufacturers do not know about this law. Ask them what they are doing to comply?
3. Write to your congressman and let them know how this will affect you and your business. Tell them how many people you will have to layoff, the fewer products you will sell.
4. Discuss a plan of action with whatever trade organization you belong to.

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