The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced it has denied two petitions -- one which requested the establishment of a mandatory safety standard for synthetic turf, the other which requested exemption of a paint product from lead-in-paint regulations.
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) petitioned CPSC in May 1976 to reexamine the risk of injury presented by synthetic turf and "to develop appropriate product safety rules." CPSC has determined that based on the evidence presently available, the use of artificial turf as a surface cover for athletic playing fields does not present an unreasonable risk of injury. NFPLA petitioned CPSC previously on the synthetic turf question; that petition had similarly been denied.
The Midland Cooperatives, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, petitioned the Commission in October 1975 to permit them to market an exterior latex primer containing 5.30 percent lead intended for use on farm buildings. Present lead-in-paint regulations do not permit lead levels to exceed 0.5 percent and the Commission denied their request for an exemption.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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