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Child-Resistant Protocol Testing

In December 1970, the United States Congress passed the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.  This act states that hazardous substances must be specially packaged so that children cannot easily gain access to the contents. Since the passing of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, Great Lakes Marketing has been actively engaged in testing safety packaging.  

Great Lakes Marketing has been testing safety packages for over 35 years.

Child Resistant Package Testing  We test packages with hundreds of children and senior adults each week. We have contracts with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and have been audited by the Canadian Standards Association.

Cigarette and Multi-Purpose Lighter Testing  Great Lakes Marketing has been actively testing CR lighters since the regulations were being developed. In the summer of 1994, the CPSC finalized rules for testing cigarette lighters.  In December 2000, multi-purpose lighters were added. Great lakes Marketing was working with the CPSC from the beginning to refine these rules and has been testing the effectiveness of lighters since this time.


Market Testing  Our expertise with testing child-resistant packages and lighters extends beyond protocol testing.  We have an extensive program of research  to help package manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies measure customer satisfaction, customer experience, ease-of-use, labeling issues and other marketing questions related to the package.


For more information about Child-resistant package protocol evaluations contact either:


Lori M. Dixon, Ph.D., Principal

Phone: 419-534-4710 (direct)





Deb Stout,  Operation Safe Child, Manager

Phone: 419-481-1045 (direct)



Jan Hepler,  Operation Safe Child, Manager

Phone 419-481-1048 (direct)



Great Lakes Marketing

The Great Lakes Building

3361 Executive Parkway, Suite 200

Toledo, Ohio 43606

Phone: 419-534-4700 (main)

Fax: 419-531-8950

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