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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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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/developers-weve-got-a-challenge-for-you/

We’re now @USCPSC on Twitter!

Back in 2009, when CPSC first launched our social media efforts, @OnSafety looked like a perfect name for us. After all, CPSC is your expert resource for topics on consumer product safety.

But name recognition is important. Agencies like FDA, CDC, and NASA are well associated with their acronym. And so it should be for us. That’s why we’ve changed our Twitter handle to @USCPSC.

From now on, watch for our tweets from @USCPSC. We’ve got all the same valuable information: recalls, safety tips, free posters, infographics and the latest updates on the agency’s work.

Continue to follow us, retweet us and share our new name!

In addition, you can connect with us on YouTube, G+, Flickr, our blog and Slideshare. If you speak Spanish or know someone who does, follow us @SeguridadConsum.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/were-now-uscpsc-on-twitter/

#AskCPSC About Toy Safety

Mark your calendars for 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

That’s when CPSC will host our first Google+ Hangout. CPSC’s lead toy engineer and our toy safety spokeswoman will be live.

Our expert engineer, John Massale, will explain some toy testing scenarios and talk about toy hazards to look for. Spokeswoman Nikki Fleming, who has nearly two decades of experience talking about toy safety, will take general toy shopping, recall and injury questions.

Post your questions to us via Twitter or Google+ using the #AskCPSC hashtag or on CPSC’s G+ Hangout event page.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/12/askcpsc-about-toy-safety/

CPSC Videos: Where to Watch

Have you ever wondered:

  • Can I watch a CPSC Commission briefing about topics such as children’s products or a CPSC public hearing, such as the recent one on hazardous, high powered magnet sets?
  • Are there videos showing recently recalled products?
  • Are there safety videos that I can watch and share on my own website?

The answer to all these questions is YES!

We’ve made some recent upgrades to CPSC.gov to improve your video watching experience. Go to our Newsroom tab to find Videos.  Here’s what you’ll find:

highlights of the video player pages on CPSC.gov

 

Happy viewing!

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/11/cpsc-videos-where-to-watch/

A Time of Change At CPSC

Chairman Inez Tenenbaum will leave CPSC on Nov. 30. Commissioner Robert Adler will take over as Acting Chairman of the agency.

Chairman Inez Tenenbaum will leave CPSC on Nov. 30. Commissioner Robert Adler will take over as Acting Chairman of the agency.

After 4 ½ years of transforming the Consumer Product Safety Commission into the global leader in consumer product safety, Chairman Inez M. Tenenbaum has announced that she will be stepping down from her post on November 30.  Though the Chairman completed her term at the end of October, she will continue to lead the agency through the end of this month.  Starting on December 1, Tenenbaum will join the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where she will work with the Product Safety, Risk Prevention & Regulatory Practice Group on product safety regulatory matters.  She will also be practicing at the firm with former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley on education policy.  Tenenbaum will be working in Nelson Mullins’ Columbia, S.C. and Washington, D.C. offices.

During Chairman Tenenbaum’s tenure, CPSC restored confidence in the safety of the marketplace and refocused its vision on advancing consumer protection.  Through the successful implementation and enforcement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act; education and enforcement of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act; creation of a Strategic Plan; creation of the Office of Education, Global Outreach, and Small Business Ombudsman; launch of a social media initiative, and more, CPSC has connected with consumers and provided industry with predictability.  Chairman Tenenbaum created a culture where CPSC staff play a leading  role in identifying and addressing the most pressing consumer product safety priorities and mobilizing action by our partners.  By collaborating with key global and domestic stakeholders, CPSC is primed to leverage limited resources to save many lives and prevent many injuries.

Beginning on December 1, Commissioner Robert Adler, the current Vice Chairman, will take over as Acting Chairman of the agency.  Commissioner Adler has served on the Commission since August 2009, and previously served for nine years as an attorney-advisor to two commissioners.  Commissioner Adler has played a key role in the development of the SaferProducts.gov database and independent, third-party testing of children’s products, and he has spoken frequently about the safety risks posed by all-terrain and recreational off-highway vehicles.

Another recent announcement is the selection of Elliot Kaye as the new Executive Director.  Kaye succeeds Kenneth Hinson, who departed from the agency on October 18. Kaye has served in the Office of the Chairman since October 2010, first as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel, and then as Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel.  He has played a vital role in advancing the Chairman’s efforts to reduce brain injuries in youth sports, prevent deaths and serious burn injuries to children from the ingestion of coin cell batteries, and combat deaths and injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning.  In addition to being the Executive Director, Kaye will retain the title of Acting Chief of Staff during the remainder of Chairman Tenenbaum’s tenure.

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