The UL Safety Data Lake: Enabling Analysis of Disparate Safety Data Sets

Outreach Visit to Japan Focused on Data Science

August 14, 2018

The 2017 International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) International Symposium was held in Tokyo, Japan, on November 14-15, 2017. 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. David Wroth, Director, Data Science, presented on how human factors analysis and data science can be useful in a session titled "Techniques for Improving Safety in the Product Lifecycle."

While David was in Japan, he participated in 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.

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