The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced appointment of Lacy B. Ward as Director of the Commission's Philadelphia Area Office. Ward has been serving as Acting Director for the Philadelphia district since the new independent Federal regulatory agency activated on May 14, 1973.
Since 1970, Ward has been Product Safety Consultant in the Special Programs Branch of the Food and Drug Administration's Philadelphia office. Ward joined the FDA in 1956 as an Inspector in the Philadelphia District Office.
Ward, 43, was born in East Gulf, West Virginia. He received his B.S. in Animal Husbandry from Virginia State College.
Ward and his wife, Grace, have three children. As Director of one of the Commission's 14 area offices, Ward will implement Commission decisions in the field, oversee inspections of local manufacturers and stores to insure compliance with CPSC regulations, supervise the gathering of product and injury information necessary for the Commission's regulation of consumer products. He also will coordinate liaison with State and local officials for product safety programs.
The Philadelphia Area Office is located at the U.S. Customs House, Room 502, Second and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106. The telephone is 215-597-9105.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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