Comment from Keith Ray

This is a Comment on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Proposed Rule: Safety Standard for Magnet Sets

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I am writing in opposition of the prohibition of magnetic toys as described in "Safety Standard for Magnet Sets."

I am a PhD candidate at the University of California at Berkeley in the physics department. I believe these magnetic sets can be incredibly valuable for educational science outreach programs to teach magnetism, atomic binding, crystal structure, phase transformations, as well as many other fundamental concepts. BuckyBalls, specifically, are well suited for this due to their small size and high field strength. Magnets of inferior strength are not sufficient and larger magnets would be impractical to build large structures. It is unfortunate that there have been 22 incidents with these magnetic sets since 2009, but I believe this is a small number in comparison with the number of injuries among 0-14 year olds in 1994 alone from glass (9,000) and knives (250). I think we are better off as a country with these products, than without them, due to the educational benefit to adults and teenagers (under supervision).

I have no financial interest any magnetic set company.
Comment Period Closed
Nov 19 2012, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: CPSC-2012-0050-0407
Tracking Number: 1jw-81v8-2rbo

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Date Posted: Nov 21, 2012
RIN: Not Assigned
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Submitter Name: Keith Ray