June 13, 2012

Jeanette Grider

Advanced Product Safety Course for Industry Professionals Announced

The first university level product safety management course for advanced industry professionals will take place September 24-28 at Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business.

The course will focus on decision making in companies faced with product safety concerns that include consumer, company and regulatory factors. The executive level course theme is "Decision-making in the changing world of product safety."

Visit www.adksafetyinfo.com for a full course description.

Known internationally for its general courses on product safety management, Saint Louis University has been asked by graduates of its programs to offer this more advanced course to meet the needs of experienced professionals. Individuals must have five years of industry product safety experience or be a graduate of the University's product safety course in order to enroll.

The compliance and regulatory section of the course will focus on a "product in crisis." A team of product liability attorneys from Arnold & Porter LLP, headed by Eric Rubel, former General Counsel at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, will lead the section.

The team will present a section evaluating a hypothetical "product in crisis," tracing a product through the various stages of a company's risk management process. Students will participate in real time decision-making throughout the product's life cycle and will assess the consequences of those decisions as the hypothetical unfolds.

In the risk assessment segment of the course, Gene Rider, President of Intertek Consumer Goods North America, will lead a multi-day session that analyzes the components of a risk assessment system as well as the global nature of collaborative commerce from both a design and manufacturing perspective that focuses on compliant and safe products for consumers. Class members will spend time developing a model global risk assessment system for analysis with other members.

Ik-Whan Kwon, Ph.D.

Other topics in the course include litigation management, supply chain management, and product recall planning and management.

Ik-Whan Kwon, PhD., director of the University's Center for Supply Chain Management Studies through which the course is being offered, said the Center is very proud of meeting challenges in this important area.

"Framed based on our successful introductory product safety management workshop, this advanced program should provide product safety professionals with comprehensive and practical tools in managing their product safety issues".

The course has been developed by the Center for Supply Chain Management Studies at SLU's John Cook School of Business in cooperation with ADK Information Services, LLC, a St. Louis-based provider of product safety publications and education courses.

For more information: info@slueducation.org or contact Ik-Whan Kwon, Ph.D, Director of the Center at kwoni@slu.edu.

For media interviews, call Jeanette Grider at (314) 977-2538.

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