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Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. It includes recent product safety recalls, product safety standards, and other relevant information on consumer health and safety.
The safety and reliability of a consumer product is one of the key ethical issues engineers, inventors, and companies face when deciding if a product is ready to be released. Are there any applicable industry or safety standards that should be considered during the design process of your product? Has your product been tested thoroughly enough for its intended market?
Government web site that allows consumers to report on unsafe products and information for companies testing products for safety issues.
A program launched by the American Council that help member businesses improve worker and public safety and improve the chemical industry in the areas of sustainability a limiting negative environmental impacts. This program was started after the Bhopal incident of 1984.
Product Liability and Reliability
In the United States, product liability law determines the conditions under which a manufacturer or seller is required to provide financial compensation for injuries caused by defective products. The important piece of product liability to pay attention to is the responsibility of the engineer to voice safety concerns to their managers and company before a product goes to market.
Designing for Special Needs
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications must comply with requirements for accessibility for individuals with special needs. Other laws require that all web sites developed by federal, state, and local governments be accessible to individuals with special needs, such as members of the public with impaired vision. Are there ways to design your product or web site so that it is more easily accessible to all members of the public?
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative
The World Wide Web Consortium, and organization that seeks to develop standards for web pages and browsers, has been a leading voice in developing standards that web designers can use to make sure their site is accessible to people with special needs.
Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act
This Act, passed by the Illinois State government, requires all Illinois agencies and university to ensure that their web sites, systems, and other information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities. The standards outlined on this site may be helpful to other web and technology developers.
Museum and Technology Center Accessibility
In a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Association of Science-Technology Centers have developed a web resource that looks at best practices for designing museum and educational exhibits to make them accessible with individuals with disabilities.
Example Case Studies
These case studies look at issues such as product reliability, safety, and making products and buildings accessible for individuals with disabilities.
Allowing Defective Chips to Go to Market
A production-line engineer checks chips for quality control. Ethical issues concerning the handling of defective chips (e.g. whether they should be sold, fixed, or thrown out) are discussed in this scenario; strategies for presenting critical information to superiors are also discussed.
Product Safety Cases
A series of short cases looking at issues of product safety developed by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.
Product Safety and (Preemptive) Recalls
This case examines the issues related to a preemptive product recall when a firm suspects the product may prove to be unhealthy. This material is part of the Giving Voice to Values Curriculum (GVV) – a collaboration between The Aspen Institute and Yale School of Management. Case taken from the Caseplace.org collection.