International Effort Launched to Protect Children from Dangers Posed by Button Batteries

17 June 2014

The following article contains excerpts from a press release published today (17 June) by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

As part of International Product Safety Week (16-20 June 2014), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and counterpart government agencies from 12 other countries and jurisdictions today announced efforts to “make button battery safety a global priority.”

The announcement was made by CPSC and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) at a press event in Brussels, Belgium. The purpose of the initiative is to raise international consumer awareness on button battery safety.

“Preventing battery-related incidents is a priority at CPSC,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Bob Adler. “Today, our collective voices in this worldwide effort will make this a global priority.”

CPSC has reached out to battery manufacturers and is “encouraged by recent efforts that have resulted in new safety warnings and packaging changes.” The agency will continue working with industry, public health officials and the global community to help prevent coin cell battery-related incidents.

A full list of countries participating in the international button battery safety campaign is available at the end of CPSC’s press release.

Industry and consumers are invited to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #worldbatterysafety.

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