WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle announced that Joseph J. Martyak has returned to CPSC to serve as Director of the Office of Communications. He reports directly to CPSC’s Acting Chairman.
Mr. Martyak has extensive communications experience in several government, private sector, and non-profit positions, including: Vice President of Communications for the Hawaii Community Foundation; Chief of Staff for former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord and Chief Counsel for Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle at CPSC; Associate Administrator for Public Affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Deputy Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior; General Manager, Golin Harris International (Washington); Executive Vice president for Marketing, Communications and Public Policy for the American Legacy Foundation; and Vice-President for Corporate Affairs for two global corporations.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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