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CPSC RIN: 3041-AD11 Publication ID: 2012 
Title: Petition for a Standard for Gas-Vented Fire Places 
Abstract: Carol Pollack-Nelson of Independent Safety Consulting submitted a petition to the Commission on May 23, 2011, requesting that the Commission initiate rulemaking to require safeguards for glass fronts of gas-vented fireplaces. The petitioner seeks a mandatory standard for gas-vented fireplaces that requires a protective barrier, guard, or other device for any accessible surface that, if contacted, is hot enough to cause severe burns. The petition was docketed on May 24, 2011, under the Consumer Product Safety Act as Petition CP 11-1. Subsequent to receipt of the petition, the Commission received a submission from Mr. William Lerner, also requesting that the Commission initiate rulemaking regarding glass fronts of gas fireplaces. Mr. Lerner seeks that a "high temperature warning system" be placed on the front of the fireplaces to indicate whether the fireplace glass front is cool enough to be touched safely. On June 1, 2011, the Commission voted unanimously to approve publication of a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on the petition and on the Lerner submission. The notice was published in the Federal Register on June 8, 2011. The comment period closed on August 8, 2011. CPSC staff completed review of submitted comments, and on March 21, 2012 staff sent a briefing package to the Commission for consideration. On March 27, 2012, the Commission voted unanimously to defer the petition for six months, directing staff to update the Commission at the end of that period on the progress of voluntary standards activities. On September 19, 2012 staff submitted for Commission consideration a briefing package on the status of the standards development process for protective barriers. On September 25, 2012, the Commission voted unanimously (4-0) to defer the petition for 6 months and directed staff to update the Commission at the end of that period on the progress of relevant standards development. 
Agency: Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.
Legal Authority: 15 USC 2056; 15 USC 2058 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Petition Docketed  05/24/2011   
Notice for Comment on Petition Published in Federal Register  06/08/2011  76 FR 33179 
Comment Period Closed  08/08/2011   
Staff Sends Briefing Package to Commission  03/21/2012   
Commission Decision  03/27/2012   
Staff Sent Briefing Package to Commission  09/19/2012   
Commission Decision  09/25/2012   
Staff Sends Status Update to Commission  03/00/2013   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ron Jordan
Project Manager
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Directorate for Engineering Sciences, 5 Research Place,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:301 987-2219
Email: rjordan@cpsc.gov

 
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