Mattress Industry Product Safety Course at the University Level

Alexandria, VA – The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), in partnership with the Center for Supply Chain Management Studies at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University and ADK Information Services, LLC, announces the first ever university level Certificate in Product Safety Analysis program. The program is intended for product safety managers and other professionals involved with product safety management and compliance, and will be held at Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business in St. Louis, MO on December 5-6, 2011.

This course features industry experts in the areas of product risk assessment, compliance and regulation, and supply chain management. It allows a unique networking opportunity for product safety managers to meet their colleagues and discuss issues and current trends in the product safety field.

"ISPA is offering its members a unique benefit through this program. The course will give mattress industry product safety managers and others a broader view of U.S. and international product safety practices and trends at the university level, while providing insight into risk assessment and supply chain management," noted Dr. Ik-Whan Kwon, director of the University’s Center for Supply Chain Management Studies.

ISPA President Ryan Trainer, added, "Mattress manufacturers have a long history of being proactive on product safety issues. We congratulate Saint Louis University for developing the first university level course in this field, and are proud to offer a customized version of this program specifically tailored to the needs of ISPA members and the rest of the mattress industry. The course will focus on best practices developed by a number of other industries in designing and manufacturing consumer products. ISPA members can use this knowledge to develop better and more efficient methods for assessing product safety issues and complying with relevant safety standards.”

Saint Louis University has become known in the consumer product field for its Certificate in Product Safety Management course -- which attracts students from different segments of the consumer product manufacturing and retailing segments. This is the first program developed by the University for a specific consumer product manufacturing industry.

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About ISPA: Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA represents over 600 mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world. ISPA provides a wide range of services that benefit its membership. These include exclusive industry surveys and statistics, advocacy support, educational offerings, the industry’s ISPA EXPO trade show, safety research through its Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through its Better Sleep Council, publications, the ISPAEarth™ Industry Sustainability Initiative, and more.