Carol Pollack-Nelson, Ph.D., is owner of Independent Safety Consulting LLC (Rockville, Maryland), and a human factors psychologist specializing in consumer product safety. She provides guidance to stakeholders on a wide range of product safety issues including foreseeable use and anticipated hazards. She also conducts and publishes her research findings in this area.
Pollack-Nelson, an ASTM International member since 1992, is vice chair of new projects for the executive committee (F15.90), of the consumer products committee (F15). She is also chair of subcommittees on liquid laundry packets (F15.71) and weighted products (F15.74) and a member of numerous other subcommittees. She is also a member of the textiles committee (D13). In 2006, Pollack-Nelson received a 2006 F15 Consumer Award.
Pollack-Nelson serves on various boards and committees related to product design and safety, including the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, where she leads the Children’s Issues Technical Group. In 2011, she received the society’s A.R. Lauer Safety Award recognizing her contributions to consumer safety, specifically through her work in voluntary standards. She is also a past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, which honored her with the Ross Koeser Achievement Award in 2018. She also serves on UL’s Consumer Advisory Council.
Prior to working as a consultant, Pollack-Nelson worked as a senior engineering psychologist at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from 1988 to 1993. In 2013, she was awarded the CPSC Chairman’s Circle of Commendation for her work in product safety and voluntary standards. Pollack-Nelson has a bachelor’s degree. in psychology and a doctorate degree in industrial/organizational psychology from George Washington University.