Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Richard O. Simpson today announced the appointment of Stanley R. Parent as CPSC Executive Director. The appointment, under the provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Act, is made by the Chairman with a concurring vote of the Commissioners.
Mr. Parent, who had served as Special Assistant to the Chairman since the Commission was activated on May 14, 1973, will assume responsibility for the operations of the relatively new independent federal regulatory agency as of Monday, January 13, 1975.
The Commission has broad regulatory authority over some 10,000 consumer products and a Congressional mandate to reduce the numbers of consumer product related injuries which occur in this country each year. It currently has a staff of approximately 800 persons and a fiscal '75 budget of $37.5 million.
Mr. Parent earned his bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1959. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio and joined the Commission after having served as Chief, Planning and Analysis for the Bureau of Product Safety, Food and Drug Administration.
He served two years of active duty in the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant, and has engaged in consulting activities in the Washington Area for over 10 years before joining FDA.
Mr. Parent was born on May 3, 1936. He resides in Washington, D.C.
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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