Consumer Product Safety Commission Prepared by Debbie Ditterline Oism470w, Section 1
Agenda <ul><li>What is the consumer product safety commission (CPSC)? </li></ul><ul><li>What does the CPSC do? </li></ul><...
What Is the CPSC? <ul><li>An independent federal regulatory agency that helps keep American families safe by reducing the ...
What Is the CPSC? <ul><li>Created in 1972 in the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) </li></ul><ul><li>Jurisdiction over 15...
What Is a Regulation? <ul><li>Regulations are specific standards or instructions concerning what can or cannot be done by ...
What Does the CPSC Do? <ul><li>The CPSC works to reduce injuries and deaths from consumer products: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
The Need For Standards <ul><li>Standards enable consumers to purchase a product and use it with other products they purcha...
Voluntary Vs. Mandatory Standards <ul><li>Voluntary standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow manufacturers to have more input...
Voluntary Vs. Mandatory Standards <ul><li>Mandatory standards are sometimes necessary, determined by the CPSC </li></ul><u...
Research on Potential Hazards  <ul><li>The CPSC collects injury data to aid in analyzing safety trends </li></ul><ul><ul><...
<ul><li>Consumers can call the toll-free hotline ( 1-800-638-CPSC ) to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Report an unsafe product </l...
Statistics <ul><li>Half of an estimated 4,000 consumer complaints fielded yearly by the United States CPSC hotline are chi...
A Real World Example <ul><li>L.L. Bean violated the CPSA by delaying reporting to CPSC that two of its backpack child carr...
Recently Recalled <ul><li>CPSC has recalled 19 million dive sticks used in swimming pools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In shallow...
Recently Recalled <ul><li>Bush Industries Inc. has recalled 100,000 television carts for repair  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The...
A Short Exercise <ul><li>What do you do if you have received knowledge that a product you manufacture is defective? </li><...
A Short Exercise <ul><li>What will happen if you do not report your defective product to the CPSC, as a manufacturer? </li...
Summary <ul><li>The CPSC works to protect consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Without standards, the world would be complete chaos...
Bibliography <ul><li>“ Consumer Product Safety Act.” Internet.  http://www. aham .org/mfrs/ govt /safety/ cpsa . htm  18 F...
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  • PowerPoint Training Presentation Topic: Consumer Product Safety Commission February 19, 2001
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission2

    1. 1. Consumer Product Safety Commission Prepared by Debbie Ditterline Oism470w, Section 1
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is the consumer product safety commission (CPSC)? </li></ul><ul><li>What does the CPSC do? </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>A real world example </li></ul><ul><li>A short exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliography </li></ul>
    3. 3. What Is the CPSC? <ul><li>An independent federal regulatory agency that helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products </li></ul>
    4. 4. What Is the CPSC? <ul><li>Created in 1972 in the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) </li></ul><ul><li>Jurisdiction over 15,000 types of products </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of consumer products can be affected by CPSC action </li></ul>
    5. 5. What Is a Regulation? <ul><li>Regulations are specific standards or instructions concerning what can or cannot be done by individuals, businesses, and other organizations </li></ul>
    6. 6. What Does the CPSC Do? <ul><li>The CPSC works to reduce injuries and deaths from consumer products: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By evaluating voluntary standards with industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By issuing and enforcing mandatory standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By conducting research on potential product hazards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By informing & educating consumers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By responding to consumer inquiries </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. The Need For Standards <ul><li>Standards enable consumers to purchase a product and use it with other products they purchased form different manufacturers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example: You buy a camera that was made in Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You buy American-made film </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are vacationing in Spain and get the film developed while you are there </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standards make that process possible </li></ul>
    8. 8. Voluntary Vs. Mandatory Standards <ul><li>Voluntary standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow manufacturers to have more input </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce the burdens of federal inspections, enforcement and potential penalties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take less time, are less costly and are easier to amend </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Voluntary Vs. Mandatory Standards <ul><li>Mandatory standards are sometimes necessary, determined by the CPSC </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturers are still required to report to the CPSC any problems or defects with their products as soon they are aware of it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whether its governed under a voluntary or a mandatory standard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any delay in this process will result in a violation of the CPSA </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Research on Potential Hazards <ul><li>The CPSC collects injury data to aid in analyzing safety trends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contracts with hospital emergency rooms to provide that data through reports made at the time an injured patient is treated. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The raw information can be useful, since it spots trends, but the system has many limitations… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The causality issue cannot be resolved satisfactorily (Was the product to blame, or the user?) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Consumers can call the toll-free hotline ( 1-800-638-CPSC ) to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Report an unsafe product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report a product-related injury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out whether a product has been recalled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn how to return a recall product or arrange for its repair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get info on what to look for when buying a consumer product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get info on how to use a consumer product safely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive info about ordering CPSC safety publications </li></ul></ul>Consumer Inquiries
    12. 12. Statistics <ul><li>Half of an estimated 4,000 consumer complaints fielded yearly by the United States CPSC hotline are child-related </li></ul><ul><li>The other 50% of the complaints deal with household electrical appliances </li></ul>
    13. 13. A Real World Example <ul><li>L.L. Bean violated the CPSA by delaying reporting to CPSC that two of its backpack child carriers were defective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children can work their way out of the harness and fall through a leg opening or topple out of the top of the carriers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>L.L. Bean knew of 39 incidents before reporting it to the CPSC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil penalty of $750,000 </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Recently Recalled <ul><li>CPSC has recalled 19 million dive sticks used in swimming pools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In shallow water, children can land on the sticks and suffer impalement. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tiger Electronics Ltd. has recalled 202,000 piano toys </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The top section of an attached microphone can break off, which poses a choking hazard. </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Recently Recalled <ul><li>Bush Industries Inc. has recalled 100,000 television carts for repair </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They can easily tip over </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Crate & Barrel has recalled for repair 4,300 children's tables </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tables have a six-inch hole cut in the center, which can result in head entrapment </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. A Short Exercise <ul><li>What do you do if you have received knowledge that a product you manufacture is defective? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you do if you or someone you know has been injured by fault of a defective product? </li></ul>
    17. 17. A Short Exercise <ul><li>What will happen if you do not report your defective product to the CPSC, as a manufacturer? </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen if you do not report your defective product, as a consumer? </li></ul>
    18. 18. Summary <ul><li>The CPSC works to protect consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Without standards, the world would be complete chaos at all times </li></ul><ul><li>The CPSC needs help from the manufacturers, as well as the consumers, to keep them updated in regards to defective products </li></ul>
    19. 19. Bibliography <ul><li>“ Consumer Product Safety Act.” Internet. http://www. aham .org/mfrs/ govt /safety/ cpsa . htm 18 February 2001. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Consumer Product Safety Commission product recalls.” Professional Safety, Vol.44 no.10. October 1999, p.12, 48. </li></ul><ul><li>“ CPSC Home Page.” Internet. http://www. cpsc . gov 18 February 2001. </li></ul><ul><li>Dawson, Carol. “Voluntary standards threatened.” Consumers' Research Magazine , April 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>Gunin, Joan. “Watching Big Brother: A Look Inside the CPSC.” Home Textiles Today , April 1998, p.8. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Live and Learn.” Internet. http://www.liveandlearn.com/cpsc.html 18 February 2001. </li></ul><ul><li>“ RegRadar.” Internet. http://www.regradar.org 18 February 2001. </li></ul>

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