Request for Public Comment: ASTM International Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Infant Bedding and Related Accessories
In August 2012, ASTM International published a Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Infant Bedding and Related Accessories, known as F1917-12, applicable to infant bedding. It states: This standard does not purport to address the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. [Emphasis in original].
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is seeking public comment on this performance specification. The Department is especially interested in responses to the following questions:
1. What was the evidentiary basis for the adoption of F1917-12 by ASTM International?
2. What evidence supports the use of F1917-12 as a safety standard for baby bumper pads?
3. What evidence supports that baby bumper pads that meet the performance specification of F1917-12 may nonetheless pose a risk to infants?
4. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has proposed a ban on the sale of baby bumper pads in the State of Maryland (see http://dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/crib-bumper.aspx). Should the Department instead permit the sale of baby bumper pads that meet the performance specification of F1917-12?
Please provide comments by September 28, 2012 to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination. Please submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via postal mail to Michele Phinney, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 W. Preston St., Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201. For questions, call 410-767-6499, TTY: 800-735-2258.