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ICPHSO at 25: Technology and Safety

On the 25 year anniversary of ICPHSO, much of the discussion centered around technologies most could never imagine when the organization began in 1993. Multiple sessions explored emerging technologies – both the undeniable upsides and the potential downsides when it comes to product safety. Lithium-ion Batteries During a standing room only session on lithium-ion batteries, panelists discussed the ubiquitous and potentially volatile nature of the product.

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Fining Off: No CPSC Fines for First Time in Years

For the first time in four years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued no fines in Q4 2017. That may be good news to the industry and concerning news to consumer groups, but is it a fluke? Or is it the beginning of a trend?  First, it is important to note that the absence of fines occurred even as both recalls and recalled units in the consumer product space increased in Q4.

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Holiday Hazards: Toy Recalls Rise

With Thanksgiving behind us, consumers have turned their attention to holiday shopping. Americans are expected to spend more this year than last, and when you look at where they plan to spend those dollars, toys make up one of the top gift categories.

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New Technology on the Table for Safer Saws

In the world of product safety, if there’s one item that’s been able to slide under the radar, it’s the table saw. The power tool is in popular demand because it’s great at what it does and can slice through wood like it’s butter. Unfortunately, table saws can also be dangerous for the users. In America alone, the table saw is the cause of more than 4,000 amputations every year—or over 10 amputations a day.

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From Eclipse Glasses to Fidget Spinners, Safety Issues are Making Headlines

As Americans eagerly await the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental U.S. in nearly a century, many are buying up specialized glasses to watch the event safely – or so they thought. As it turns out, many have actually purchased counterfeits that could leave them with severe eye damage and vision loss.

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