Society of Product Safety Professionals
Society of Product Safety Professionals

About

Product Safety. Experience. Professional Development.

Our Background

The Society of Product Safety Professionals was formed in 2016 by a group of consumer product safety professionals interested in professional development for their field.

The group shared a common experience in university-level product safety education at Saint Louis University and felt that there should be expanded opportunities to develop our careers through increased product safety management education and certification. The group decided to form an organization that would serve members and provide certification and training for consumer product professionals.

Founding Members

Who are the original members of the organizing committee?

  • John Barrera, The Walt Disney Company
  • Larry Bell, BSH Home Appliances
  • Sherri Cain, Hobby Lobby
  • Shelia Gottschalk, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
  • Nivi Gravette, Walmart
  • Norma Jean DeSpain
  • Joan Rubendall, Tervis Tumbler
  • Catherine Wernecke, Target

Serving in support to the committee: Dr. Ik-Whan Kwon, PhD, Professor of Supply Chain Management, John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, and Don Kornblet, ADK Information Services, Adviser to the university’s Product Safety Program.


Our Journey at SPSP. . . 

The Society of Product Safety Professionals was formed in 2016 by a group of consumer product safety professionals interested in professional development for their field.

The group shared a common experience in university-level product safety education at Saint Louis University and felt that there should be expanded opportunities to develop our careers through increased product safety management education and certification. The group decided to form an organization that would serve members and provide certification and training for consumer product professionals.

We have grown in the past year. . . 

Active members: 24
Individuals interested in membership: 88
Individuals signed up for newsletter: 59
Individuals interested in certification: 101
Individuals interested in volunteering on a committee: 35

Our mission is to support professionals in leadership service to the consumer product safety field.


SPSP’s Organizational Structure

SPSP is a non-profit professional development organization formed under IRS Code 501 (C) (6). The organization complies with the requirements of the International Standard for Personnel Certification Bodies, ISO/IEC 17024: ‘General requirements for bodies operating the certification of persons’.  SPSP will pursue status as a certifying body recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which is comprised of government agencies, organizations, companies, academic and international bodies, and individuals. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) represents the interests of more than 125,000 companies and 3.5 million professionals.

SPSP Job Analysis Committee

This committee is responsible for creating a job task analysis which describes the overall domains associated with the job of a product safety manager responsible for compliance within a company. This would include knowledge requirements and specific skills necessary to demonstrate competence and understanding of the body of knowledge required to design and manage a compliance plan within a company’s product safety system.

Members of the Committee:

Tim Cassidy, Chairman, Director, Product Compliance and Safety, Best Buy 

Steve Hall, Vice Chairman, Senior Consultant, Applied Safety and Ergonomics

Wayne Morris, Consultant (formerly with AHAM)

Larry Bell, Director of Product Safety, BSH Home Appliances

Sherri Cain, Manager, Product Qulaity & Compliance, Hobby Lobby

Jennifer Buoniconti, Toy lead, North America, Consumer and Retail Services

Daniel Henke, Senior Project Engineer, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions

Don Mays, Managing Director, Product Safety and Quality, Deloitte

Laurel Roney, Director, Product Integrity, Swimways Corporation

Ken Ross, Product Liability and Product Safety Attorney, Bowman and Brooke LLP

Alan Schoem, Regulatory Attorney, Schoem Law

Rachael Shaggot, Senior Director of Corporate Compliance, Munchkin

Richard Stern, Global Product Safety Director, Techtronic Industries

 

 

For More Information, contact: info@productsafetyprofessionals.org