Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Commission will consider all comments received in response to this notice before requesting an extension of this collection of information from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
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In 1973, the Commission issued safety requirements for electrically operated toys and children's articles to protect children from unreasonable risks of injury from electric shock, electrical burns, and thermal burns. These regulations are codified at 16 CFR part 1505 and were issued under the authority of sections 2 and 3 of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (15 U.S.C. 1261, 1262).
These regulations are applicable to toys, games, and other articles intended for use by children that are powered by electrical current from a nominal 120
The regulations prescribe design, construction, performance, and labeling requirements for electrically operated toys and children's articles. The regulations also require manufacturers and importers of those products to develop and maintain a quality assurance program. 16 CFR 1505.4(a)(2). Additionally, section 1505.4(a)(3) of the regulations require those firms to maintain records for 3 years, containing information about: (1) The material and production specifications and the description of the quality assurance program required by 16 CFR 1505.4(a)(2); (2) the results of all inspections and tests conducted; and (3) records of sales and distribution.
OMB approved the collection of information requirements in the regulations under control number 3041-0035. OMB's most recent extension of approval expires on December 31, 2012. The Commission now proposes to request an extension of approval for the information collection requirements in the regulations.
The safety need for this collection of information remains. Specifically, if a manufacturer or importer distributes products that violate the requirements of the regulations, the records required by section 1505.4(a)(3) can be used by the firm and the Commission to: (i) identify specific lots or production lines of products that fail to comply with applicable requirements; and (ii) notify distributors and retailers in the event the products are subject to recall.
The Commission staff estimates that about 40 firms are subject to the testing and recordkeeping requirements of the regulations. Each one may have an average of 10 products each year, for which testing and recordkeeping would be required, resulting in approximately 400 records. Commission staff estimates that the tests required by the regulations can be performed on one product in 16 hours and that recordkeeping can be performed for one product in 4 hours. Thus, the estimated testing burden hours are 6,400 (16 hours × 400), and the estimated recordkeeping burden hours are 1,600 hours (400 records × 4 hours).
Commission staff estimates that each firm may spend 30 minutes or less per model on the labeling requirements. Assuming each firm produces 10 new models each year, the estimated labeling burden hours are 200 hours (40 firms × 10 models per firm × 0.5 hours per model = 200 hours) per year. The estimated total burden hours for recordkeeping and labeling are 1,800 hours for all firms (1,600 hours for recordkeeping + 200 hours for labeling).
CPSC staff estimates that the hourly wage for the time required to perform the required testing and recordkeeping is approximately $61.75 (Bureau of Labor Statistics: total compensation for management, professional, and related workers in goods-producing private industries:
Commission staff will expend less than one staff month reviewing records required to be maintained for electrically operated toys and children's articles. The annual cost to the federal government of the collection of information in these regulations is estimated to be less than $14,338. This estimate uses an annual total compensation of $ 119,238 (the equivalent of a GS-14 step 5 employee, with an additional 30.7 percent added for benefits.)
The Commission solicits written comments from all interested persons about the proposed collection of information. The Commission specifically solicits information relevant to the following topics: