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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory agency that was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. CPSC has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products, from automatic-drip coffee makers to toys to lawn mowers. Some types of products, however, are covered by other federal agencies. For example, cars, trucks and motorcycles are covered by the Department of Transportation; drugs and cosmetics are covered by the Food and Drug Administration; alcohol, tobacco and firearms are covered by the Department of the Treasury. CPSC works to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths from consumer products by: developing voluntary standards with industry; issuing and enforcing mandatory standards: banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public; obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair; conducting research on potential product hazards; informing and educating consumers through the media, state and local governments, private organizations, and by responding to consumer inquiries.

Review Date: February 20, 2009

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Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute is a non-profit consumer-funded program acting as a clearinghouse and a technical resource for bicycle helmet information. Volunteers serve on the ASTM bicycle helmet standard committee and are active in commenting on actions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. BHSI provides resources for teachers and helmet promotion programs, and an email newsletter.

Review Date: November 17, 2011

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National Safety Council

The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy. From OSHA compliance and workplace safety, to motor vehicle safety and first aid, NSC offers products and training to educate your employees, their families and your community on preventing and responding to emergency situations.

Review Date: December 27, 2010

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New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

The New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) coordinates traffic safety activities in the state. Through the website, the GTSC seeks to share timely, accurate and useful news, information and other resources about traffic safety and the state's highway safety grant program. The GTSC works closely with this network of state and local agencies, non-profit organizations and private-sector partners to deliver quality traffic safety projects, services, and information across the state.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

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Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) was established in 1999 with the mission to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. PBIC is part of the larger Bicycle and Pedestrian Program of the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Human and Natural Environment. Through comprehensive Web sites, PBIC offers information and training to diverse audiences about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility as it relates to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Review Date: July 26, 2010

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U.S. Department of Transportation

The mission of the Department of Transportation (DOT) is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. DOT consists of the Office of the Secretary and eleven individual Operating Administrations: the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the Maritime Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and the Surface Transportation Board. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 authorized the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, which, on March 1, 2003, assumed management of the United States Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration, formerly DOT Operating Administrations.

Review Date: September 07, 2011

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