Mr. Stern specializes in evaluating and developing management systems and processes intended to design, manufacture, import, distribute, and sell safe products. He has 23 years of experience enforcing or complying with local, state, federal and international laws and regulations pertaining to product and personnel safety, including 6 years with Whirlpool Corporation and 10 years with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
As a Senior Manager with Whirlpool Corporation’s Global Product Safety Department, Mr. Stern taught employees around the world about the firm’s product hazard management systems and how to properly use them. Mr. Stern also provided daily product safety and compliance advice and guidance to Whirlpool staff involved in developing and manufacturing new or innovative products.
As a Senior Compliance Officer and Associate Director for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Recalls and Compliance Division, Mr. Stern conducted investigations into potential consumer product safety hazards, performed risk assessments, and negotiated corrective action plans in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Act and other regulations under the agency’s jurisdiction.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- B.E.E., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 1990
Stern RL. Advanced product safety management—What is a product safety (compliance) program? Saint Louis University, John Cook School of Business, 2014.
Stern RL. Product safety program development workshop. Saint Louis University, John Cook School of Business, 2013.
Stern RL. Developing a product safety program. Saint Louis University, John Cook School of Business, 2013.
Stern RL. Guest Instructor – “Building product safety into manufacturing,” and “Developing a product safety program. Saint Louis University Center for Supply Chain Management Studies, 2011–present.
Stern RL. Panelist – “Introduction to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Consumer Product Safety Act, and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008,” American Bar Association Inaugural Consumer Products Subcommittee Meeting, September 17, 2009.
Stern RL. Health & safety issues. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – Global Intellectual Property Academy, July 11, 2007.
Stern RL. Enforcement of intellectual property rights. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – Global Intellectual Property Academy, June 15, 2007.
Stern RL. CPSC program updates and status. Lighter Association Annual Meeting, May 16, 2007.
Stern RL. Recalls process – From case building to CAP. International Consumer Product Safety Organization Conference, April 2007.
Stern RL. Battery investigations & recalls, codes & standards. 24th International Battery Seminar, March 19, 2007.
Stern RL. CPSC – Who we are, what we do, how we do it. Consumer Electronics Association Technology and Standards Forum, February 27, 2007.
Stern RL. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Electronics and Appliance Safety Symposium, Shanghai, China, October 16, 2006.
Stern RL. Electronics and appliances safety symposium. Hong Kong Electronics Fair, October 14, 2006.
Stern RL. CPSC-negotiated battery recalls. Lithium Battery Technical/Safety Group, September 6, 2006.
Stern RL. CPSC compliance overview. U.S. Customs and CPSC Regulations with Joint Enforcement-Product Surveillance and Ports. International Consumer Product Safety Organization Conference, May 9–12, 2006.
Stern RL. Battery safety and consumer product recalls. 23rd International Battery Seminar, March 13, 2006.
Stern RL. Carbon monoxide hazards and investigations. New York City Office of Coroner and Medical Examiner, July 26, 2005.
Senior Manager, Whirlpool Corporation, Global Product Safety Department, 2007–2013
Associate Director, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Recalls and Compliance Division, 1998–2007
General Engineer, U.S. Department of Energy, Defense Programs, 1990–1998
Visiting Instructor, Saint Louis University, John Cook School of Business, 2011–present
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (member)
- Product Safety Engineering Society
American Society of Safety Engineers (member)International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (member)
National Fire Protection Association (member)