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Wednesday, February 27 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Day 2 - Pediatric Ingestion Hazards

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New and emerging childhood ingestion hazards, including button cell batteries, detergent packs, magnetic objects and expandable products are causing consumer product manufacturers and sellers to reexamine product design, packaging, warnings and marketing.  Just what is it that attracts some children to mouth and swallow certain objects and what are the most effective strategies to prevent such incidents?  This diverse panel of experts will discuss historical and recent trends in pediatric ingestion incidents; discuss the various factors to consider--from product design to retail display--to minimize ingestion risks; and discuss public education and other means to get “ahead of the curve” on emerging hazards in this area.  The session will also include live demonstrations of some product designs/redesigns and other methods to minimize the risk of injury. 

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Rachel Weintraub

Legislative Director and Senior Counsel, Consumer Federation of America

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Athos Bousvaros

Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Athos Bousvaros MD, MPH is a pediatric gastroenterologist who has cared for children with inflammatory bowel disease for over 20 years.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Williams College, his medical degree and residency at Duke University, and his gastroenterology fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  As Associate Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease... Read More →
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Ken Boyce

Principal Engineer Manager – Energy, UL LLC
Ken Boyce is Principal Engineer Manager – Energy at UL LLC. Ken has over 25 years of experience in safety engineering across a wide range of product sectors including high tech, appliances, industrial equipment, and innovative products.  Most recently he has served as the technical manager for energy technologies, overseeing standards development and technical operations for renewable energy, batteries and energy storage, electric... Read More →
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Jonathan Midgett

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Jonathan Midgett, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist and the coordinator of the Children’s Hazards Team at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Midgett’s duties include evaluating emerging hazards, describing consumer behaviors, and contributing to the creation of voluntary and mandatory standards. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Guelph, he has taught university... Read More →
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Gene Rider

President, Intertek RAM
Gene Rider is President of Intertek RAM; Intertek is the world’s leading provider of quality and safety solutions to the consumer goods market. Mr. Rider has devoted his life to consumer goods risk analysis and design safety, particularly for children’s products. His work in this area was recently honored when he was chosen as an inaugural recipient of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman’s Commendation Circle... Read More →

Wednesday February 27, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Washington Room