Testing and record-keeping on childrens sleepwear flammability safety standards is time-consuming for manufacturers

Testing and record-keeping on children's sleepwear flammability safety standards is time-consuming for manufacturers

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking comments on plans to extend the collection of information on children's sleepwear flammability standards – a burden estimated to cost manufacturers and importers a total of 207,000 hours a year.

The proposed extension relates to the safety standard for the flammability of children's sleepwear – sizes 0 through 6X, and safety standard for the flammability of children's sleepwear – sizes 7 through 14.

The standards address the fire hazard associated with small-flame ignition sources for children's sleepwear manufactured for sale in or imported into the US.

They also require manufacturers and importers of children's sleepwear to collect information resulting from product testing and maintenance of the testing records.

The CPSC estimates 50 large domestic companies manufacture most of the children's sleepwear produced in the US. In addition, there may be up to 1,000 small domestic producers of children's sleepwear. There are also around 4,500 importers (which may include some of the domestic manufacturers) that supply children's sleepwear to the US.

The estimated time taken for testing and record-keeping is calculated at around 3 hours per item. Given that the largest domestic manufacturers and importers may each introduce an average of 100 new children's sleepwear items annually, the annual burden placed on them is 45,000 hours.

Add the average of 10 new children's sleepwear items introduced by the remaining 1,000 manufacturers and 4,400 importers, and the total estimated potential annual burden imposed by the flammability standards on all manufacturers and importers of children's sleepwear is around 207,000 hours.

Comments on the proposed extension are being accepted through 25 January.