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Unlock Product Safety Insights at UW's 35th Annual Product Liability Conference: On-site and Online Options Available!

Posted by Clarion Safety Systems | 14th Sep 2023

Join us at the University of Wisconsin’s 35th Annual Product Liability Conference, which takes place in early October and includes a session from one of our Clarion Safety experts, along with a presentation from one of our PE & certified Functional Safety Engineers at Machine Safety Specialists. Participants at this year’s event have the option to attend the physical conference at UW’s campus or to attend online. No matter which attendance option you prefer, don’t miss this chance to expand your product safety knowledge!

A Focus on Product Liability Prevention Best Practices – and Emerging Trends
This UW conference is designed for product safety and risk management professionals and insurance providers, including those that work for or with industrial and commercial equipment manufacturers. That includes product safety managers, risk managers, product development managers, design engineers, technical writers, and attorneys. The conference runs from October 10th to 12th. Unlike the abbreviated versions the past few years, this conference will spend more time and have more presenters, encompassing a wide variety of product liability topics. The conference will have sixteen live presentations, delivered from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT on the 10th and 11th, and 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT on the 12th. Attendees earn professional development hours (PDH) and continuing education units (CEU’s).

Clarion Safety Systems: A Featured Expert on Visual Safety Communications
Clarion Safety’s director of standards compliance, Angela Lambert, will be one of this year’s presenters, with a session on on-product warnings best practices. “Failure to warn” and “inadequate warnings” continue to top today’s product liability allegations. Angela will present key elements of labels and instructions as defined by the 2022 ANSI Z535.4 and ISO 3864-2 standards, and noteworthy trends in creating effective warnings for U.S. and international use. The discussion will include the most recent standards updates that coincide with 2022 and coming 2023 republications, as well as risk management and label format options. Angela’s background includes over fifteen years of experience in the field of warnings and liability, including involvement at the leadership level in the ANSI and ISO standards. She’s chair of ANSI Z535.1, the standard that focuses on colors used in visual safety communication, as well as a delegate representative to ANSI for the ISO/TC 145 SC2 WG 1 committee, responsible for the library of ISO 7010 registered symbols and the ISO 3864 set of standards.

Machine Safety Specialists: Professional Functional Safety Systems Experts
Clarion Safety’s VP of Safety Assessment, Ken Hackworth, PE, FS Eng. (TÜV Rheinland #12058/16), will be also one of this year’s presenters. His presentation is titled: 3 Steps to Prevent Machine-Related Injuries – Application of the Latest Safety Standards and Risk Assessment Methods. Ken will discuss the three critical steps to improve fixed industrial safety: Motivation, Discovery, and Control. Additionally, a part of engineering controls, mechanical guarding, control reliability, and functional safety will also be explored along with considering administrative risk reduction measures. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Ohio State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). Additionally, Ken is a TÜV Certified Functional Safety Engineer, a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He is also a member of the ANSI B11 subcommittee.

An Opportunity to Learn From all Sides of Product Safety
Other topics of discussion at this year’s conference will include:

  • Risk Documentation
  • Engineering and Human Factors
  • Product Safety Management Systems
  • Legal Responsibilities and Judicial Viewpoints
  • Supply Chain Issues

You can register for either the in person or online version of the event at the link here. We hope to see you there, and in the meantime, familiarize yourself with ANSI Z535.4 and ISO 3864-2 warnings by downloading our new 2022/2023 guide for free. In addition, for more compliance and standards information, you can visit Clarion Safety’s Resource Center, where we have materials dedicated to product safety and labeling, or sign up to our mailing list for the latest insight, news and events, delivered straight to your inbox.

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