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Consumer Product Safety Commission

4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814



CHAIR Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting
Robert S. Adler
Dana Baiocco
Peter A. Feldman
Elliot F. Kaye


Communications Joseph Martyak
Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Enterprise Brittany Woolfolk
Legislative Affairs Christopher Hudgins

General Counsel Patricia Hanz
Secretary Alberta Mills


Executive Director Mary T. Boyle

Operations Support

Operations Support
Deputy Executive Director Monica Summitt

Assistant Executive Director
Information and Technology Services James C. Rolfes

Chief Officers
Financial Jay Hoffman
Information James C. Rolfes

Facilities Services Mark Oemler
Financial Management, Planning, and Evaluation Jay Hoffman
Human Resources Management Donna M. Simpson

Safety Operations

Safety Operations
Deputy Executive Director DeWane Ray

Assistant Executive Directors
Compliance and Field Operations Robert Kaye
Hazard Identification and Reduction Duane Boniface, Acting

International Programs Richard O'Brien
Import Surveillance James Joholske

Small Business Ombudsman Shelby Mathis
Inspector General Christopher W. Dentel

The Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public by reducing the risk of injury and death from consumer products.


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was established as an independent regulatory agency by the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2051 et seq.) in 1973 and reauthorized by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The Commission comprises a maximum of five members whom the President appoints with the advice and consent of the Senate for 7-year terms.

The CPSC implements provisions of the Flammable Fabrics Act (15 U.S.C. 1191), Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (15 U.S.C. 1471), Federal Hazardous Substances Act (15 U.S.C. 1261), Children's Gasoline Burn Prevention Act (15 U.S.C. 2056 note), Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 8001 et seq.), and an act of 2 August 1956 (15 U.S.C. 1211) that prohibits the transportation of refrigerators without door safety devices.

The CPSC's statement of organization is found in 16 CFR 1000.

The agency's organizational chart is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading on the "About CPSC" web page.


To protect the public from risk of injury, the CPSC requires manufacturers to report defects in products presenting substantial hazards; conducts outreach programs for consumers, industry, and local governments; collects information on consumer product-related injuries and maintains the National Injury Information Clearinghouse; conducts research on consumer product hazards; and encourages and assists in the development of voluntary standards affecting the safety of consumer products. When appropriate, the CPSC requires manufacturers to correct hazards associated with specific consumer products already in circulation, establishes mandatory consumer product standards, and bans hazardous products.

The Commission also has a special project to reach as many Americans as possible with lifesaving safety information. The Neighborhood Safety Network disseminates safety information to hard-to-reach populations by partnering with other organizations already active within their communities.

Sources of Information

Annual Reports

The CPSC posts its annual reports online.


The CPSC maintains a blog on its "OnSafety" Web site.

Career Opportunities

To carry out its mission, the CPSC relies on attorneys and paralegal specialists, compliance officers, economists, engineers, IT specialists, product safety investigators, program analysts, statisticians, toxicologists and pharmacologists and chemists, and other skilled professionals.

In 2018, the CPSC ranked 14th among 29 small agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

Contact information for specific offices and other public information are available on the CPSC's website.


The CPSC makes it data, deliberations, and decisions accessible to consumers, developers, and stakeholders.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 require Federal agencies to use electronic information technology to foster access to and availability of FOIA documents.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The CPSC posts answers to FAQs on its website.


The Commission operates a toll-free consumer product safety hotline in English and Spanish, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Phone, 800-638-2772. TTY, 301-595-7054.

Injury Statistics

The CPSC posts injury statistics and technical reports by product category and by hazard category on its website.


The online newsroom features CPSC data, Freedom of Information Act documents, press statements, recent news releases, videos, and a public calendar.

Open Government

The CPSC supports the Open Government initiative by promoting collaboration, participation, and transparency. | Email:

Product Safety

Resources for U.S. Government recalls are available online.

All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety information is available online.

Pool safety information is available online.

Reading Room

The CPSC maintains a public reference reading room in the public information center of its headquarters in Bethesda, MD.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

The CPSC has a Facebook account.

The CPSC tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The CPSC posts videos on its YouTube channel.

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