University-level Consumer Product Safety Course can Help Companies Comply with New Law

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Saint Louis University offers short, comprehensive workshop on June 25 & 26 to explain basics for setting up or improving a company's product safety program. Instruction by a leading industry trainer and former compliance officer with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The 2-day workshop includes requirements for an effective and regulatory compliant product safety management program.

Companies that produce, sell, or distribute consumer products now have available a short university course to help them immediately develop or improve their product safety programs so they comply with new federal laws introduced by Congress through the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

The course takes place on June 25 & 26 at Saint Louis University’s Center for Supply Chain Management Studies ( Interested individuals can register at, or can call the Center at 314-977-3617 for more information.

Product Safety Program Development, a 2-day basic course for organizing a product safety program, is designed for current working professionals in the consumer product field. The university has achieved national recognition for its pioneer work in product safety education, winning a special commendation in 2012 from the chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

This course will be useful for professionals with companies that manufacture, retail, distribute, license, or import consumer products, and is suitable for anyone with or without a technical or safety background. The basic premise is critical thinking; no specific technical knowledge is required. Class members generally come from areas of a company dealing with risk assessment, new product development and engineering, product integrity, quality assurance, and product safety management.

The course instructor is Richard Stern, who leads Whirlpool Corporation's global product safety training program and is their Product Safety Senior Manager for Innovation Projects. He has taught product safety management in a number of Saint Louis University courses and is a former Associate Director in the CPSC's Office of Compliance.

The 2-day workshop includes requirements for an effective and regulatory compliant product safety management program. Students will gain information on the regulatory, legal and moral requirements for effective product safety program development, implementation and adherence. Detailed discussion and exercises will focus on basic product safety concepts such as hazard identification, hazard evaluation/risk Assessment and hazard closure/mitigation. Students completing this workshop will have the tools and critical thinking necessary to developing a product safety program for their individual company. Tuition is $1,295.

Saint Louis University, founded in 1818, offers 100 undergraduate and 70 graduate programs serving over 13,000 students from 50 states and 70 countries. The university's Center for Supply Chain Management Studies is part of the John Cook School of Business and is ranked among leading supply chain education centers in the nation by U.S. News and World Reports. The university’s product safety courses are developed in cooperation with ADK Information Services, LLC, an information and education development company serving the consumer product field.

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