Back in the spring of this year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) introduced a website designed to keep you informed about product safety issues. The CPSC is a federal regulatory agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of consumer product types under the agency’s jurisdiction.
The work of the CPSC is widely regarded as contributing substantially to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Enter the CPSC Database
In March 2011, the CPSC rolled out a Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database. This is a searchable database where consumers can submit reports of harm or risk of harm related to the use of a consumer product. Consumers can also go to the database to research safety information about products that are in their home or that they may be thinking about purchasing.
The database includes information about product manufacturers (including importers) and private labelers that are identified in the database. The company or products which are the focus of a report have the opportunity to submit comments to be displayed in the database along with the Consumer or Commission Report. Information about product recalls is also available for search and review in the database.
How did the database come about?
In August 2008, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Section 212 of the CPSIA required the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to create, by March 2011, a searchable public database of reports of harm related to the use of consumer products and other products or substances within the jurisdiction of the CPSC. Congress required that the database be publicly available, searchable and accessible through the CPSC’s website.
Want to take the database for a test drive?
It’s easy to check out this resource. Take a quick tour at http://www.SaferProducts.gov. And, on this subject, below you’ll find another link you may want to investigate.