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World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion to Address Hazards of Button Cell Batteries

According to the National Capital Poison Center, injuries from button cell batteries have increased nearly sevenfold in recent years, with incidents most often involving young children and senior adults.

A symposium at the World Health Organization's 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in Wellington, New Zealand, on October 1-4, 2012, will bring together engineers, scholars, biomedical experts, and other stakeholders from around the world to pursue solutions to eliminate hazards posed by the ingestion of coin and button cell batteries.

The series of World Conferences on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion is a project of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its network of Collaborating Centres for Injury and Violence Prevention along with the WHO Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP) program.

The conferences cover issues related to prevention of injuries from all external causes, including those resulting from unintentional events and intentional events such as interpersonal violence and self-harm.

The symposium, Coin/Button Cell Battery Ingestion Hazard Mitigation Strategies, will address the detection and treatment of battery-related injuries and mitigation strategies such as ingestion deterrents, preventing current flow, or cell deactivation strategies that eliminate the hazards of electrical current if cells are swallowed. The idea for the event was initiated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in July 2011, when CPSC staff proposed the organization of a symposium on safe designs of button batteries to its product safety authority counterparts in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Korea.

Call for papers
A call for papers related to this topic is open through March 20, 2012. Abstracts may be sent to [email protected] in advance of this date. Additional details are available here.

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