Fireworks – A Look at Explosive Situations and Data

A Personal Account

The Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories to be made. One of my fondest memories, not really, is a party I attended in 1997. It was the summer I had graduated from high school. It was time for warm weather in Western New York, a season of fun in the sun, graduation parties galore and time with friends and family.

It was early in the evening that July 4th. I had picked up a few of my girlfriends. The warm summer air kissed our skin as we opened the sunroof on my ’94 Dodge Shadow painted a custom diamond flake pearl, turned up the radio with connected bass tube and drove to the party. Girls just want to have fun, right! As we pulled up to the home where the party was being held there were a ton of people around. In the front yard, back yard and house friends were laughing and enjoying each other’s company and music. Most were gripping red plastic cups.

As we got out of my car, my friends and I approached a group at the front porch. As we greeted everyone the host asked if I would like a drink. Of course, I graciously accepted, at which time the host reached out to me and asked “Here, can you hold this for a minute?” I Continue Reading…

CPSC Declines to Incorporate GHS Classification for Sensitizers

In a set-back for harmonization between U.S. regulations for consumer products and workplace chemicals, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has decided not to adopt the classification for sensitizers used by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In a Final Rule published in the Federal Gazette on February 14, 2014 (CPSC Docket No. CPSC-2013-0010), the CPSC has revised the supplemental definition of “strong sensitizer” under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). The FHSA addresses various chemical hazards for consumer products. This new definition is intended to:

  • remove subjective factors currently found in classifying sensitizers, and creating a more objective definition;
  • eliminate overlap in regulations regarding this area;
  • help introduce new technologies for determining the potential for sensitization, such as in silico testing (computer-simulated evaluation);
  • reorder the criteria used to classify sensitizers in their order of importance;
  • define “severity of reaction” as applied to sensitizers; and
  • provide for the use of a “weight of evidence” approach for classification.

This new rulemaking rationalizes the consumer classification approach for products containing sensitizers within the CPSC’s own regulations. However, the CPSC has turned down requests by some commenters to move the consumer regulations closer to the OSHA’s HAZCOM 2012 standard (found in in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR) section 1910.1200). In its comments on the rulemaking, the CPSC stated that:

“Implementation of the GHS by the Commission would be broad-reaching, with potential Continue Reading…