I mentioned last week that budget cuts had severely cut into a number of safety related agencies (See “How are Federal Budget Cuts Going to Affect Safety?”). One agency, however, survived the budget cuts with no damage done. www.saferproducts.gov, a website that was created back in 2008 and designed to provide a public forum regarding the safety of virtually any and all products regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cspc.gov) , will continue to function, despite a republican push to axe it as part of the budget cuts.
The CSPC has been the agency responsible for recalling virtually every crib made before 2011 in any day care, church or nursery, a recall that is going to cost a number of businesses and churches a whole lot of money because they are going to have to purchase all new cribs.
Regardless, the www.saferproducts.gov website is a valuable resource in helping identify safety issues with products that we often use every day. If you’ve got a safety complaint and can document it, this is the place to record it and make it public. It’s one of the ways that the internet is changing the way we deal with safety related issues.
Have a look around the website to see if there are any issues with any of the items that you have around your home.