THE ROBINSON REPORT #33: A JOURNEY FOR SAFETY – DATA, CONSUMER PRODUCTS, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY & ISRAEL

Last month, I traveled to Israel to meet with an NGO, industry stakeholders, a voluntary standards organization, manufacturers, scientists, and researchers. As the marketplace becomes increasingly global, understanding all phases of the international supply chain, including the research and development (R&D) stage, is critically important. Traveling to Israel was key to a better understanding of […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #32: Working Together to Be Safer

The CPSC’s mission is to protect consumers from unreasonably dangerous products. From ATVs and hoverboards to chairs, clothes, and cribs, products from all over the world are likely covered by a regulation promulgated by the CPSC or a voluntary standard CPSC participated in developing. Our relationship with industry stakeholders such as consumer advocates, manufacturers, retailers, […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #30: Poison Prevention and Perils of Laundry Packets

President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the third full week in March as National Poison Prevention Week. Our goal of raising awareness on the dangers of poisonings doesn’t end in March.  Preventing injuries and deaths from accidental poisonings is critically important year-round to protect American consumers, especially small children. In 2015, more than 84,000 children were […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #29: ROVs Could and Should Be Safer

Recently, media attention has once again focused on the dangers of off-road vehicles, particularly, All-Terrain Vehicles (“ATVs”) and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (“ROVs”). The media seem to highlight these dangers when a death or serious injury in some way involves a public figure. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of injuries and deaths caused by off-road vehicles that […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #28: Wishing Everyone a Happy and Danger-Free Holiday!

The holiday season is one of the happiest and most festive times of the year! We can try to keep it happy and safe for everyone by following these important tips. First, be cautious of any open flames. Candles and flames are a beautiful sight during the holidays, but caution should be used around them, […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #27: Portable Generators—Delaying Safety is Denying Safety!

Although portable generators provide important electrical power in a number of situations, they are extremely dangerous as they are presently designed. Most people have no idea just how dangerous they are. A portable generator emits about 450 times more carbon monoxide (CO) than an idling automobile!! CO poisonings from portable generators usually occur when people […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #26: Bare is Best – Do Not Use Padded Crib Bumpers!

Padded crib bumpers are infant bedding accessories intended to line the sides of an infant’s crib. However, padded crib bumpers pose a significant hazard for infants and young children: asphyxiation. Dozens of infants and young children either die or are injured each year due to crib bumpers. This is unacceptable and completely avoidable. I have […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #25: Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Much has been written about how potentially contentious family Thanksgivings may be this year in America resulting from the outcome of the recent election and subsequent discussions about how divided our country seems to be. As a CPSC Commissioner, my concerns this year are much broader and deeper than simply my own family’s Thanksgiving dinner. […]

THE ROBINSON REPORT #24: Let Us Make Guns Safer

The astronomical numbers of casualties in this country that result from guns have many causes. Each of those causes calls for a separate analysis concerning prevention. As a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), I would like to focus today on the substantial percentage of injuries and deaths which are not the […]