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Tuesday, February 21 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Plenary Session # 3: Tolerable Product Risk -- The Challenge of Risk Management

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Safe is not simply ‘free of risk’; instead a product is deemed safe when its attendant risks are judged to be tolerable.  The determination of safe requires both a risk assessment and a judgment of the tolerance of the risks.  

Risk tolerance is one of the most difficult and controversial decisions regulators, industry, risk managers and consumers make.  A number of examples demonstrate an apparent inconsistent determination of risk tolerance:

·         Products with zero reported incidents can be recalled globally

·         Products involved in fatalities may remain in the marketplace for years

·         Products banned in one country are ok to sell in another

·         Products with known risks may be deemed more tolerable/controllable than the ones  unknown

 The tolerability of product safety risk is influenced by policy, culture, and familiarity along with numerous other factors.  This session presents an interesting dynamic with panel discussions and audience interaction.

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Belinda May

Partner, Dentons US LLP
Belinda May is ICPHSO's Vice President and a member of the ICPHSO Board of Directors.  She practices with Dentons' US consumer products, regulatory, and litigation groups and routinely works with colleagues on matters around the world.  She is a partner in the firm's St. Louis and Washington, D.C. offices and specializes in regulatory and contested proceedings arising in connection with the design, manufacture and sale of consumer... Read More →

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Tim Cassidy

Director of Product Compliance and Safety, Best Buy Co.
Tim Cassidy is director of product compliance and safety for Best Buy Co., Inc., the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer.   In this role, Tim oversees the company’s product safety programs including compliance with voluntary and mandatory product safety standards, energy efficiency standards, radio frequency interference standards, and material substance requirements. Tim works in collaboration with industry... Read More →
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Xiao Chen

Vice President, Product Intelligence Safety Operations, Intertek
Xiao Chen has more than 15 years’ experience advising manufacturers, retailers, governmental agencies and standard development organizations on hazard analysis, risk assessment, and risk communication.  Her specialty resides in both food and non-food consumer products, and her primary area of focus has been product design at pre-market stage.
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Honorable Joseph P. Mohorovic

Commissioner, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Hon. Joseph P. Mohorovic has been sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Mohorovic on October 13, 2013, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 28, 2014, to a term that expires in October 2019. | Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Mohorovic was Senior Vice President of Intertek, a global leader in product testing, where he was responsible for all aspects... Read More →
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Gene Rider

Principal, Exponent, Inc.
Gene Rider spent 25 years at Intertek focused on the design, development, manufacturing and qualification of consumer goods.  He recently joined Exponent, a science based company that solves complex technical problems and provides design and process safety consulting services to the consumer product industry.  Gene has worked closely with the medical and scientific community to develop innovative technologies for assessing the risks... Read More →

Tuesday February 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Grand Cypress D- I

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