Written on: February 7, 2023 by SprayTM
From the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA):
Last year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received a petition from the NGO Families United Against Inhalant Abuse (FUAIA) to initiate a rulemaking for aerosol duster products containing HFC-152a. This summer, the CPSC Commission deferred the petition as CPSC staff was against the requirement of a bitterant agent and the proposed labeling by FUAIA but wanted to explore potential options that could mitigate risk of misuse and abuse of these products.
CPSC has asked ASTM to explore potentially creating a new standard for aerosol duster products. ASTM has been contacting potential parties that would have interest in such activity, including HCPA. Other parties include FUAIA, academics, and behavioral scientists. As CPSC staff has rejected the initial petition ideas, I would not anticipate these as potential items for ASTM to work on; however, ASTM will be soliciting other potential ways they can create a standard.
ASTM will conduct an exploratory meeting on February 27 at 10am EST to discuss whether a new standard can be created. If there is not interest from stakeholders to create a new standard, or it appears that parties cannot work together on a new standard, ASTM will advise CPSC that they will not proceed forward. It is critical that industry participate in this meeting (I plan to be in attendance) to share our perspective as ASTM will proceed based on the feedback received during this call. You do not need to be an ASTM member to attend and participate.
For more info or to get the link to join the meeting, contact ngeorges@theHCPA.org