Why do products get stopped and how do you get them released? Jim Joholske and Steve Gardner will review the current state of port surveillance operations and deliver clear guidance on what you need to start doing, stop doing and the resources to keep products moving through the ports efficiently. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.
Jim Joholske began his career at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in July 2000 in the agency's Office of Compliance and Field Operations. While in the Office of Compliance and Field Operations, he primarily focused on enforcement of mandatory regulations governing consumer fireworks and cigarette lighters.
Jim joined CPSC's newly formed Office of Import Surveillance in 2008 and currently serves as the Office's Deputy Director. The Office of Import Surveillance co-locates CPSC investigators at the largest ports of entry across the country. CPSC staff work side-by-side with U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to identify and examine imported shipments that may contain hazardous merchandise.
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. Jim and his wife live in Silver Spring, MD with their daughter, Emma, and son, Jake.
Steve Gardner is a compliance investigator at the port of Long Beach for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Import Surveillance Division. As part of the import surveillance team, Steve is tasked with protecting the public against unreasonable risks of injury associated with the use of consumer products. He accomplishes this by screening cargo at the port of entry prior to its introduction to commerce. Steve previously worked as a Consumer Safety Officer for the FDA and has over 15 years of experience in screening hazardous products.