CPSC Accepting Chairman's Circle Award Nominations

The program was created in 2011 by CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum to honor people and organizations that have made significant contributions to consumer product safety.

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has begun accepting nominations for the Chairman's Circle of Commendation Award program. Completed nominations should be received at CPSC by May 15. Chairman Inez Tenanbaum, created the program in 2011 to honor people and organizations that have made significant contributions to consumer product safety.

"Recognizing those who demonstrate a relentless commitment to product safety and develop innovative ways to prevent deaths and injuries is an inspiring part of my role as chairman," she said.

Nominees can be individuals, organizations, businesses, state and local governments, or other groups, inside or outside the United States. Details and nomination forms are available at http://www.cpsc.gov/award.

A CPSC panel will screen nominations and forward recommendations to Tanenbaum, who will make the final selections of award recipients.

Last year's awardees included:

  • Judith Bannon, executive director of Cribs for Kids®, who started the national infant safe sleep initiative that has provided more than 130,000 free cribs to high-risk, low-income families who cannot afford one, and also educates caregivers about the dangers of unsafe sleep environments.
  • Ik-Whan Kwon, director of St. Louis University's Center for Supply Chain Management Studies, who leads the first program to offer university-level product safety courses for product safety professionals.
  • Stephen Teret, a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who founded the school's Center for Law and the Public's Health and has been its director since 2000.
  • Rachel Weintraub, director of product safety and senior counsel for the Consumer Federation of America, whose work with consumer, public health and public interest groups, and Congress produced the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

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