Product safety authority Dr. Carol Pollack-Nelson will be a featured speaker at PPAI’s 2012 Product Safety Summit. The second-annual one-and-a-half-day event, held on August 14-15 in New Orleans, Louisiana, offers education focused on pressing product safety issues, as well as the business implications, challenges and opportunities associated with compliance.
Dr. Pollack-Nelson, a human factors psychologist and former senior engineering psychologist at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), will join the program’s sessions and panels, discussing how to identify hazards in product designs, and how to determine if a product is a children’s product.
“Attending the Product Safety Summit provides industry leaders an opportunity to get powerful insights into the key product safety challenges and solutions germane to the promotional products industry supply chain,” says Anne Lardner-Stone, PPAI director of public affairs. “This being our second summit, we’ve only just begun the process of addressing standards, best practices and tools that will ensure this mission-critical responsibility is met by the entire industry now and in years to come.”
Dr. Pollack-Nelson has worked in the consumer safety field since 1982. From 1988 through 1993, she served as a senior engineering psychologist at the CPSC. Since then, she has worked independently as a human factors consultant and researcher in the field of consumer product safety. She provides independent technical consultation to manufacturers, test laboratories, consumer organizations and products liability attorneys in the areas of product design and hazard identification, age grading, and warning label and instruction manual design. She has evaluated hundreds of products for children and adults.
“I am honored to participate in this very important dialog on product safety and commend the promotional products industry for meeting this challenge head on,” says Dr. Pollack-Nelson. “I am optimistic that PPAI and its members will have a meaningful impact on the development of best practices for the industry and will play an important role in the education and dissemination of promotional product safety knowledge and standards to suppliers, distributors and ultimately buyers to promote safe use and design of products for consumers of all ages.”
The Product Safety Summit is held in conjunction with the PPAI North American Leadership Conference, August 12-14. For more information on the Summit, to view a short video about the event and register, click here.