Mr. Barrett, who joined the Commission on December 17, 1973, said he will resume his career in private industry. Barrett said he believes he has "now fulfilled my deeply- felt obligation to public service and made a personal contribution to a country I owe so much."
He said he "accepted the challenge" to become the Commission's first Executive Director because of the tremendous opportunities the Commission faced in dealing with the problem of "millions of innocent Americans who were being injured, maimed and killed by consumer products at a time when consumer awareness was only beginning to emerge."
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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