Here are a few highlights from the new exemption language:
"Sellers of used
children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are
not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits,
phthalates standard or new toy standards."
"The new safety law does not require resellers to test
children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit
before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s
products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products
that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other
information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new
limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new
limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties."
According to Bloomburg
, the Consumer Product Safety
Commission also exempted wool, cotton, silk, gemstones, and pearls
in its proposal.
Of course, there's lots more to work out (like how does a reseller know if a product contains lead if he/she doesn't get it tested?), but this small bit of clarification should ease some worry for many handcrafters and thrift store lovers. Maybe it also means the Consumer Product Safety
Commission is going to listen to the handmade industry and their worries as well.
+++ What do you think about the CPSIA exemption? Helpful or not?