Outreach visit to Japan focuses on Data Science

UL NFP staff present at ICPHSO 2017 and meet with universities

The 2017 International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) International Symposium was held in Tokyo, Japan, on November 14-15. This international, neutral forum brings together product safety stakeholders to learn, network and share information. Recognizing that product defects can take years to manifest, the theme for the symposium was "It Started with an Idea: Safety in the Product Life Cycle." Participants representing manufacturers, safety organizations and regulators from around the world met to present information about ways to proactively build safety into products, rather than react to product issues. Dave Wroth, UL Director, Data Science, presented how human factors analysis and data science can be useful in a session titled "Techniques for Improving Safety in the Product Lifecycle" along with Rakesh Vazirani from TUV Rheinland and Don Huber from Consumer Reports. UL staff presenting at other sessions included Ken Yoshida from Health Sciences and Dr. Anne Bonhoff from UL Environment.

As part of the same trip, the UL Japan staff set up interviews with two online news outlets and a stakeholder meeting to discuss the UL Safety Index. The stakeholder meeting included professors from Niigata University, Osaka University and the Development Bank of Japan. The focus of the discussion was how to use and improve the UL Safety Index in the context of Japan's exposure to forces of nature and natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis.

This trip wrapped up an extensive set of 2017 speaking engagements on the UL Safety Index that also included the 2017 EuroSafe Conference, the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research Annual Meeting and meetings with Consumers International in early October.