Safety Standard for Clothing Storage Units; Notice of Opportunity for Oral Presentation of Comments

CourtConsumer Product Safety Commission
Citation87 FR 11366
Record Number2022-04217
Published date01 March 2022
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 40 (Tuesday, March 1, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 40 (Tuesday, March 1, 2022)]
                [Proposed Rules]
                [Page 11366]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2022-04217]
                [[Page 11366]]
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                CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
                16 CFR Parts 1112 and 1261
                [Docket No. CPSC-2017-0044]
                Safety Standard for Clothing Storage Units; Notice of Opportunity
                for Oral Presentation of Comments
                AGENCY: Consumer Product Safety Commission.
                ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; opportunity for oral
                presentation of comments.
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                SUMMARY: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC)
                will be providing an opportunity for interested parties to present oral
                comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission
                issued regarding a safety standard for clothing storage units (CSUs).
                Any oral comments will be part of the rulemaking record.
                DATES: The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on
                April 6, 2022, via webinar. All attendees should pre-register for the
                webinar online at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4382433867276269835. Any individual interested in making an oral
                presentation must register for the webinar and submit a request to make
                an oral presentation to the Division of the Secretariat, along with the
                written text of the oral presentation, and such requests must be
                received no later than 5 p.m. EST on March 23, 2022. All other
                individuals who wish to attend the meeting should register before the
                start of the hearing.
                ADDRESSES: The hearing will be held via webinar. Attendance is free of
                charge. Submit requests to make oral presentations and provide the
                written text of oral presentations to the Division of the Secretariat,
                with the caption, ``Clothing Storage Units NPR; Oral Presentation,'' by
                email to [email protected], or by mail to the Division of the
                Secretariat, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West
                Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814. Detailed instructions for those making
                oral presentations and other attendees will be made available on the
                CPSC public calendar.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the subject
                matter of this hearing, contact Kirsten Talcott, Project Manager,
                Consumer Product Safety Commission, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD
                20850; phone: (301) 987-2311, email: [email protected]. For information
                about the procedure to make an oral presentation, contact Alberta E.
                Mills, Division of the Secretariat, Consumer Product Safety Commission,
                4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 504-7479, [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                I. Background \1\
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                 \1\ The Commission voted 4-0 to publish this notice.
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                 On February 3, 2022, the Commission published an NPR in the Federal
                Register, proposing to issue a safety standard for CSUs under the
                Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA; 15 U.S.C. 2051-2089), and seeking
                written comments. 87 FR 6246. The proposed rule seeks to address the
                risk of injuries and death, particularly to children, associated with
                CSUs tipping over, by requiring CSUs to be tested for stability and to
                exceed minimum stability requirements; to be marked and labeled with
                safety information; and to bear a hang tag providing performance and
                technical data about the stability of the CSU. The proposed rule would
                apply to ``clothing storage units,'' which the NPR proposes to define
                as follows:
                 Clothing storage unit means a freestanding furniture item, with
                drawer(s) and/or door(s), that may be reasonably expected to be used
                for storing clothing, that is greater than or equal to 27 inches in
                height, and with a total functional volume of the closed storage
                greater than 1.3 cubic feet and greater than the sum of the total
                functional volume of the open storage and the total volume of the
                open space. Common names for clothing storage units include, but are
                not limited to: Chests, bureaus, dressers, armoires, wardrobes,
                chests of drawers, drawer chests, chifforobes, and door chests.
                Whether a product is a clothing storage unit depends on whether it
                meets this definition. Some products that generally do not meet the
                criteria in this definition and, therefore, likely are not
                considered clothing storage units are: Shelving units, office
                furniture, dining room furniture, laundry hampers, built-in closets,
                and single-compartment closed rigid boxes (storage chests).
                 The NPR proposes to exempt clothes lockers and portable storage
                closets from the standard. The NPR is available at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-02-03/pdf/2022-01689.pdf, and CPSC
                staff's briefing package for the NPR is available at: https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/Proposed%20Rule-%20Safety%20Standard%20for%20Clothing%20Storage%20Units.pdf.
                II. The Public Hearing
                 The Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 551-562) and section 9
                of the CPSA require the Commission to provide interested parties with
                an opportunity to submit ``written data, views, or arguments''
                regarding a proposed rule. 5 U.S.C. 553(c); 15 U.S.C. 2058(d)(2). The
                NPR invited such written comments. In addition, section 9 of the CPSA
                requires the Commission to provide interested parties ``an opportunity
                for oral presentation of data, views, or arguments.'' 15 U.S.C.
                2058(d)(2). The Commission must keep a transcript of such oral
                presentations. Id. In accordance with this requirement, the Commission
                is providing a forum for oral presentations concerning the proposed
                standard for CSUs.
                 To request the opportunity to make an oral presentation, see the
                information under the DATES and ADDRESSES sections of this notice.
                Participants should limit their presentations to approximately 10
                minutes, excluding time for questioning by the Commissioners or CPSC
                staff. To avoid duplicate presentations, groups should designate a
                spokesperson, and the Commission reserves the right to limit
                presentation times or impose further restrictions, as necessary.
                Alberta E. Mills,
                Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.
                [FR Doc. 2022-04217 Filed 2-28-22; 8:45 am]
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