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Consumer Product Safety Commission

4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814



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


CommunicationsJoseph Martyak
Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority EnterpriseBrittany Woolfolk
Legislative AffairsChristopher Hudgins

General CounselPatricia Hanz
SecretaryAlberta Mills


Executive DirectorMary T. Boyle

Operations Support

Operations Support
Deputy Executive DirectorMonica Summitt

Assistant Executive Director
Information and Technology ServicesJames C. Rolfes

Chief Officers
FinancialJay Hoffman
InformationJames C. Rolfes

Facilities ServicesMark Oemler
Financial Management, Planning, and EvaluationJay Hoffman
Human Resources ManagementDonna M. Simpson

Safety Operations

Safety Operations
Deputy Executive DirectorDeWane Ray

Assistant Executive Directors
Compliance and Field OperationsRobert Kaye
Hazard Identification and ReductionDuane Boniface

International ProgramsRichard O'Brien
Import SurveillanceJames Joholske

Small Business OmbudsmanShelby Mathis
Inspector GeneralChristopher W. Dentel

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


On October 27, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon approved Public Law 92–573, which is commonly cited as the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2051 et seq.). The Act established the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as an independent regulatory agency. The CPSC became operational on May 14, 1973.

Thirty six years later, President George W. Bush approved the reauthorization and modernization of the CPSC by signing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (PL 110–314) on August 14.

The Commission comprises a maximum of five commissioners. The President appoints each commissioner by the advice and with the consent of the Senate for a term of 7 years. The President also designates one commissioner to serve as Chair. No more than three of the commissioners may be affiliated with the same political party (15 USC 2053).

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) prohibiting the transportation of refrigerators without door safety devices.

The CPSC's organization and functions are 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

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

ATVs are powerful, fast, and potentially dangerous. The CPSC posts ATV safety information online.

Annual Reports

The CPSC posts its annual reports online.

Archived Records

The records of the CPSC are referenced in the "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States." The Guide is accessible online, and CPSC records have been assigned to Record Group 424.


The CPSC maintains a blog on its "OnSafety" website.

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.

Fire Safety

Several generations living in a home increases the need for fire safe practices. To learn more, download the multigenerational fire safety toolkit from the "Neighborhood Safety Network Toolkit" web page.

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. | Email:

The CPSC informs the public by using various means: local and national media coverage, publication of booklets and product alerts, responses to FOIA requests, and the National Injury Information Clearinghouse. The agency also maintains its public information center, website, and telephone hotline for the same purpose.

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.

Language Assistance

Read Spanish more easily than English? Visit the en Español version of the CPSC website.

Read Vietnamese more easily than English? Visit the Tiếng Việt web pages of the CPSC 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:


Six Federal agencies with different jurisdictions are collaborating to make the American people more aware of defective, hazardous, and unsafe products.

Safety Publications

Safety guides, safety alerts, and Neighborhood Safety Network posters are available online to download.

Site Map

The website 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.

Swimming Pools / Spas

Pool and spas safety information is available online.


The Neighborhood Safety Network has toolkits for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety, carbon monoxide (CO) awareness, child safety, multigenerational fire safety, and older adults, who are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.

The Sources of Information were updated 10–2019.