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What is a Baby Safety Month Ambassador?

 

It is a critical component of the Baby Safety Month where Ambassadors help educate parents and carers on how to improve safety.  Ambassadors communicate directly with consumers and provide safety tips on things such as safe product use, childproofing the home, safe sleeping techniques and ways to reduce stress associated with parenting.

 

The awarding of the honour of Safety Ambassador is given to individuals and Companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the promotion and advocacy of safety within the Australian Nursery Industry and is a recognition of their leadership and commitment in relation to reducing preventable injuries.

 

Who can become a Safety Ambassador?

 

  • Manufacturers

  • Retailers

  • Caregivers

  • Parents

  • Grandparents

  • Midwives

  • Influencers

  • Safety organisations

How do you become a Safety Ambassador?

 

Individuals or Companies are  nominated and assessed by INPAA.

To be recognised as a Safety Ambassador, individuals and companies must display strong leadership  in safety and be able to  demonstrate this commitment over a continued length of time. Involvement in industry activities that contribute to improved consumer safety is a key prerequisite.

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Special Thanks to our Baby Safety Ambassadors

Malou Villarreal

Founder, Baby Loves Sleep

Baby Loves Sleep is one of INPAA’s inaugural Safety Ambassadors for Australia’s first baby Safety Month. The company lead and inspired by Malou Villarreal, demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the promotion and need for product safety associated with nursery products. Baby Loves Sleep is a brilliant example of how you don’t need to be a major sized company to achieve a major outcome in safety. It is a company that has embraced the need for a culture of safety best practice at the heart of its business and has shown that understanding the need for safety and effectively communicating this to their customers generates safer outcomes. On a personal level, Malou is a member of the team helping to deliver the Baby Safety Month.

Robert Wise

Group Manager Product Integrity and Consumer Safety, Catch Group

Robert Wise started his career in consumer product safety at Target Australia in the late 1980’s and has had a 30+ year career spanning many areas including product safety & compliance, product design, manufacturing, and regulation. Rob has worked with several well-known organisations such as Catch.com.au a leading ecommerce retailer, Target Australia, CNP Brands, Funtastic Pty Ltd, and government agencies such as the Australian Consumer & Competition Commission and Dept of Transport & Aviation.

Rob has led several product and consumer safety teams, has been involved in several Standards Australia technical committees, and is a co-author of the INPAA Product Safety Framework that was later published by Standards Australia as a Product Safety Framework handbook. Rob has a strong personal commitment towards consumer product safety and maintains high personal standards and expectations delivering highly regarded safety outcomes. Rob provides active leadership in the Australian Nursery industry and is currently Chair of INPAA’s Product Integrity and Consumer Safety Group, a forum that develops safety guidelines and solutions to challenges associated with product safety.

Ben Wilson

CEO Little Linen Company

Ben Wilson is the CEO and lead product innovator at The Little Linen Company. Taking over the once local manufacturing business in 2004 he has transformed this business into 4 leading brands with global reach. His passion is providing innovative safe parenting products and information to the world. He is active in the promotion of safety and is a leader in communicating the need for ongoing advancements in injury prevention. Ben is one of the inaugural Safety Ambassadors and a member of the Organising Committee for INPAAs Baby Safety Month

Teresa Thompson

General Manager, Baby Products

Oricom International

Teresa has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian & International baby industry and is a leading advocate for product safety. Her senior positions with leading brands have seen her directly contribute to a number of industry groups that develop improved safety for children. In her industry leadership roles she has championed major advancements in product design and in the communication to consumers of safety awareness. Teresa is on the INPAA Advisory Council and is  a key member of the Organising Committee responsible for  the Baby Safety Month. Her integrity, extensive product and industry knowledge makes her a valued contributor within the Australian industry to the  reduction of preventable injuries.

 

Melanie Courtney

CEO Kidsafe Victoria

As CEO of Kidsafe Victoria, Melanie Courtney is a passionate advocate of reducing preventable childhood injuries and deaths. She and her team have established programs and campaigns over many years to raise awareness on how to improve safety - in and around homes, while on the road, around water and with product safety. She is committed to informing both industry suppliers and parents and carers of the need to promote product safety in both the design phase of products and their safe use to help keep kids safe.

Hana Krawchuk

Founder, Love To Dream

Hana Krawchuk is one of INPAA’s Baby Safety Month’s inaugural Safety Ambassadors. She is globally recognised and as a creator and innovator of baby, infant and toddler awarded sleep products that feature safety as a core design principle. Hana has been a leading advocate within the industry internationally on the issues of safety and continues to dedicate herself to helping educate parents and improving safer sleep around the world. It is through this work, and also her commitment to organisations and charities aligned with the prevention of SIDS internationally, that Hana has made an outstanding contribution to reducing preventable injuries. Hana is an active member of the industry’s leadership team and has been a driver to make Baby Safety Month possible in Australia.

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