All Fiscal Year 1979 News Releases

A complete list of all news releases from fiscal year 1979.
  • December 31, 1979

    CPSC Warns Of Hot Tub Temperatures

    Safety officials frequently warn the public about the dangers of drinking and driving. Now the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is cautioning that drinking and hot tubing do not mix well either.

  • December 14, 1979

    CPSC Names Director Of Communications

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that Kenneth R. Rashid has been selected to serve as Associate Executive Director for Communications for the Commission.

  • November 30, 1979

    CPSC Grants Furniture Industry One Year To Substantially Reduce Cigarette Fire Hazard

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission moved this week to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the U.S. by approving a one-year trial period for a program designed by industry to reduce the cigarette ignition of upholstered furniture.

  • November 02, 1979

    Independent Analysis For CPSC Confirms Potential Health Threat Posed By Asbestos Hair Dryers

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received an independent analysis which confirms that asbestos fibers emitted from hair dryers may pose a significant health threat to consumers.

  • October 17, 1979

    Chemical Industry Test Results Show Formaldehyde Has Caused Cancer In Lab Animals

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that it has received test results from the chemical industry which indicate that formaldehyde has caused cancer in laboratory animals.

  • October 04, 1979

    CPSC Announces Appointments To Advisory Committees

    The Commission today announced the appointment of 27 new members to three of the Commission's advisory panels -- the Product Safety Advisory Council, the Technical Advisory Committee on Poison Prevention Packaging, and the National Advisory Committee for the Flammable Fabrics Act.

  • September 27, 1979

    EPA Official Appointed CPSC Budget Chief

    Harper, 38, currently serves as Acting Director of the Offices of Regional Liaison and Intergovernmental Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the summer of 1978 he was one of six members of an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) task force which evaluated CPSC's management structure and selected programs.

    As BPPE Director, Harper will serve as CPSC's principal official responsible for preparing the agency's annual budgets and operating plans. Harper also will direct the evaluation of CPSC's effectiveness in accomplishing its established program goals.

    Harper and the approximately 20 other BPPE Office staffers will report to the Executive Director of the Commission. This newly created office has been designed to integrate these key management functions within one unit, as well as to better coordinate CPSC evaluation and planning functions.

    Harper has worked in Regional and Intergovernmental Operations at EPA since November, 1977, after serving as the Acting Associate Administrator in that agency's Office of International Activities. He also worked for more than two years as EPA's Special Assistant for Executive Communications and in EPA's Office of Noise Abatement and Control. Harper also has worked as a budget examiner and a management analyst in OMB.

    A native of Ohio, Harper graduated from Ohio State University in 1963, and served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969.

    In joining CPSC, Harper will be classified within the Senior Executive Service as an ES-3 (currently an annual pay rate of $47,500).

    Harper resides in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Linda, and their three daughters, Jill, Jana and Lee.

  • September 24, 1979

    Massachusetts Consumer Attorney To Become CPSC Executive Director

    The appointment of Richard A. Gross as the new Executive Director of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was announced today by CPSC Chairman Susan King. Beginning in early November, Gross will be responsible for managing the activities of nearly 900 staffers in the agency's Washington metropolitan offices and 13 regional offices.

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