Consumer Product Safety Commission, U. S.

Lead-laden children's jewelry, exploding chain saws, and flammable pajamas all fall under the purview of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The agency protects Americans from more than 15,000 types of products that could cause property damage, injury, or death. It makes sure that toys, cribs, exercise equipment, household chemicals, and other things sold to consumers are reasonably safe from fire, electrical, mechanical, and chemical hazards or anything that could harm children. The agency issues product recalls, maintains the National Injury Clearinghouse, publishes safety information, and runs a hotline with recorded safety information. Its annual budget is in the neighborhood of $80 million.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was created in 1972 by the Consumer Product Safety Act. In addition to the Consumer Product Safety Act and the more recent Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), CPSC also administers six other laws: the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the Flammable Fabrics Act, the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, the Refrigerator Safety Act, the Pool and Spa Safety Act, and the Children's Gasoline Burn Prevention Act.

New for 2008 is the Import Surveillance Division. Permanent CPSC investigators will be stationed at key ports full-time to work the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency to identify potentially hazardous products.

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Consumer Product Safety Commission, U. S.


4330 East West Hwy #500
Bethesda, MD 20814-4408
Phone: 1 (301) 504-7899
Fax: 1 (301) 5040432
www.cpsc.gov

STATS


  • Employer Type: Government Agency
  • Chief of Staff and Acting Director Office of Information and Public Affairs: Joseph Martyak
  • Acting Chairman: Nancy Nord
  • Assistant Executive Director Office of Information Technology Services: Patrick Weddle

Major Office Locations

  • Bethesda, MD

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