CPSC – you’re the recall agency, right? That’s how many think of us.
Here at CPSC, we’re all about keeping families safe – around the holidays and beyond. And that starts at our National Product Testing and Evaluation Center.
For a recall to happen, a product needs to be found to be unsafe by CPSC staff or its manufacturer. But exactly what does that mean? Here’s an inside view. Meet the scientists. See some of the tests. Think about these tests when you buy and use holiday gifts.
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And be sure to check the products in your home against those that we’ve recalled.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/12/tour-our-product-testing-laboratory/
On Monday, June 13, 2011, CPSC opened a new state-of-the-art National Product Testing and Evaluation Center. The new lab has 2 ½ times more testing space than CPSC’s old facility, which was a former military missile site that CPSC first occupied in 1975. Here are some photos from the grand opening.
CPSC Laboratory Grand Opening
CPSC scientists and staff await the grand opening ceremony.
CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum welcomes Sen. Durbin aide Diana Hamilton, Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Rockville, Md., Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio to CPSC’s new testing facility.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen said, “Americans have a right to go to the store and expect products to be safe. … That’s what [CPSC staff] do.”
Chairman Tenenbaum and Rep. Van Hollen cut the ribbon. CPSC commissioners Nancy Nord and Thomas Moore look on.
CPSC Director of Laboratory Sciences Andy Stadnik shows Rep. Van Hollen the new testing facility.
CPSC chemist Joanne Patry talks about testing products for lead.
This Direct Analysis in Real Time-Mass Spectrometer (DART-MS) tests for chemicals in products in seconds. Staff scientists simply rub the product with a glass rod and place the rod in front of a gas flow as shown. This new machine helps CPSC scientists get results more quickly and efficiently.
Helmets are lifted on a rail system and dropped for an impact test to make sure that the helmets you wear meet safety standards.
Mechanical engineer Ian Hall shows a helmet to Chairman Tenenbaum, while Rep. Van Hollen, Sen. Dick Durbin’s aide Diana Hamilton, CPSC commissioners Anne Northup and Nord, and CPSC International Programs Director Richard O’Brien look on.
To test parking brakes on ATVs and ROVs, CPSC scientists have a new floor panel that lifts and tilts. Here, mechanical engineer Brian Baker measures the angle of the floor.
Director of Laboratory Sciences Andy Stadnik shows a tool developed by CPSC staff to screen cigarette lighters for compliance at ports and retail locations saving time and shipping costs each year.
This baby walker was seized at import, failed CPSC’s test and never made it to store shelves. A weighted doll is placed in the walker and a test is run to see if the walker will stop safely or, instead, potentially fall down stairs or ledges.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/06/inside-the-lab-the-grand-opening/
Do you know a leader in consumer product safety?
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum is looking for nominations for her Chairman’s Commendation Circle Award. This award will recognize people, businesses, organizations, state and local governments, and other groups that have demonstrated a commitment to consumer product safety.
We’re sure you know one of these leaders. They come to the table with solutions and creative approaches to safety and they get things done. They have contributed in an important way to the benefit of consumers by reducing deaths, preventing injuries and improving consumer product safety.
Now’s your chance to nominate a leader in this area. Tell us about these people and their groups. How has your nominee contributed to improving consumer product safety? What are their notable accomplishments? And how have consumers benefitted from your nominee’s work?
So, go ahead. Start the process. Go to www.cpsc.gov/award to read the rules and get a nomination form. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2011.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/03/get-your-nominations-ready/
More than 400 Posters!
That’s how many entries we received from middle schoolers in our “Help Stop a Killer Contest.”
We sponsored this contest to help raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide, or CO, in the home. More than 180 people die every year from accidental, non-fire related CO poisoning associated with consumer products. In 2007, more than half of those deaths occurred from November through February.
Products like faulty or incorrectly vented fuel-burning appliances. Products like stoves improperly used to warm a home in the winter. Products like portable generators improperly used inside basements or near homes, garages, or sheds.
CO is a poisonous gas that you can’t see or smell. In addition to following these safety tips, you should take two main steps to prevent a CO tragedy in your house:
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/01/hundreds-of-kids-raise-awareness-of-co/
CPSC’s No. 1 goal is to work every day to protect consumers and families from deaths and injuries related to consumer products. CPSC is striving to become the global leader in product safety. Every year brings new challenges in a changing world – challenges we will meet, with a new strategic plan. As a modernized agency, our resources are focused to meet those challenges.
Here are examples of what the men and women who work at CPSC are doing to protect you.
Stay Connected to CPSC Because CPSC Stands For Safety.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/12/the-ways-cpsc-is-working-for-you/