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Press Event to announce the winners of CPSC’s Consumer Product Safety Apps Challenge

Safety APP_BlogU.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye will announce the winners of the first-ever Consumer Product Safety Apps Challenge at a press event on Monday, October 27.  CPSC challenged developers earlier this year to create apps to help consumers keep track of recalls and safety incidents. CPSC’s goal is to find new ways to reach consumers with lifesaving recall information and empower them to protect their families from dangerous products. The winners will demonstrate their innovative apps at the press event.

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. ET

U.S. CPSC
4330 East West Highway
4th floor Hearing Rm.
Bethesda, Md.  20814

The press event will also be webcast at www.cpsc.gov.

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2014 CPSC Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award

Nominations Deadline Extended

This fall, CPSC will honor individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions to improving consumer product safety.

The deadline to NOMINATE them for a CPSC Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award has been extended to September 30, 2014.

Nomination forms and details about the award and previous winners are available at www.cpsc.gov/award .

Send your nomination to:

Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

4330 East West Highway, Suite 725

Bethesda, MD 20814

Nominations can also be submitted by e-mail to chairmansaward@cpsc.gov.

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First Ever CPSC+EC Product Safety Training for Buyers and Sourcing Professionals in China

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Participants at Product Safety Seminar

Here at CPSC, we are always looking for new ways to collaborate with our partners and improve the safety of imports that are headed for the stores that you shop in.  On Aug. 29, Sept. 1, and Sept. 2, CPSC and the European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (DG Enterprise) conducted in China the first-ever training events specifically designed for buyers and sourcing professionals.  These training events are for the individuals who make vital decisions on products to be exported to the United States and Europe.

Company representatives who buy consumer products destined for retail sale are the key decision makers at the intersection of the production, supply and retail chains.  They have the power to ensure that products purchased for their companies meet all U.S. and European safety requirements.  Too often, they may lack the information to fulfill this role and that lack of information could impact the safety of you and your family.  CPSC / DG Enterprise product safety buyer training aims to help fill that gap.

In each of three different manufacturing centers in China—Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shunde—product safety staff from the CPSC and DG Enterprise taught a one-day seminar (with simultaneous interpretation) for buyers and sourcing professionals, who procure consumer products for export to China’s two biggest foreign consumer markets.  Beginning with a session covering general product safety information from both jurisdictions, attendees moved into more specific training sessions covering safety requirements for toys, apparel, and electrical products.  These three categories represent products for the most vulnerable consumers or products that too often present a risk of injury or death.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham) hosted the training events.  More information is available here.

Our goal is for companies to use this training opportunity to empower their buyers to identify and prevent safety problems in the production and supply of products.  Failure to take a proactive approach could lead to a product seizure or recall.  It is good for business and good for the customer when buyers take safety to the source.

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Cinco (Five) Resources For Cinco de Mayo

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Five Cinco de Mayo Facts:

  • Celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla in Mexico on May 5, 1862.
  • Often confused with Mexican Independence Day.
  • Important connection to the first years of the American Civil War.
  • Now a celebration of diversity in the U.S.
  • An occasion for all Hispanic Americans to learn about five lifesaving resources from CPSC. Girl showing family a laptop

1. SeguridadConsumidor.gov:
The new and improved CPSC website gives easier access to a variety of safety alerts, recalls, safety videos, tips and news. Look at the Safety Education Centers to go in-depth on safety for such topics as cribs, poison prevention and magnets. Get free safety guides to share with family, friends and your community.

2. @SeguridadConsum:
To keep track of CPSC recalls and safety information in real time follow us on Twitter.

3. OnSafety blog:
We’re posting more Spanish blogs than ever before aimed directly at educating parents and general consumers with easy to understand information.

4. Spanish YouTube Channel:
To see and share safety education videos in Spanish.

5. Neighborhood Safety Network:
If you serve Latino families in your community, please join the NSN. This free program sends out posters and timely messages to get safety information into the hands of underserved communities. The language and design of our materials are tailored to the Hispanic community.

CPSC works to make every community in the United States safer. Spanish-speakers, Latino media and those serving the Latino community help us save lives by spreading the word on safety.

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Developers: We’ve Got a Challenge for You!

Safety APP_BlogHow many consumers know that you can go online and tell the government about consumer product safety problems that you encounter?

How many of you know that you can search those reports before you spend your own money on a particular product?

Since the launch of SaferProducts.gov in March 2011, more than 18,000 product safety reports have been submitted to CPSC. The site gets about 200,000 visits every month.

Those numbers are a good start. But we want to do better. That’s where you come in.

Help us!

The Consumer Product Safety Apps Challenge is simple: Create apps and innovative tools that raise awareness of these reports and of consumer product recalls.

You can get the reports through our SaferProducts API. The recalls API is here.

Mash up the information with product review sites, auction sites and search. Get creative and come up with the next brilliant idea for educating consumers about product safety.

Your reward? You can put on your resume that you built something that saved lives and prevented injuries. Plus, you get to meet our Acting Chairman and take home $1,000. We’ll feature the four winners in a live webcast award ceremony (archived on YouTube), where you’ll get to show off your work.

The complete contest and rules are available at Productsafetyapps.challengepost.com

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