As an engineer specializing in product compliance, Dan Roman knows that an everyday item like a toothbrush is far more complex that it initially seems. A graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, Dan joined Colgate-Palmolive to work on compliance systems for household products. So he looks at which regulatory standards, say, a toothbrush must meet. “At Colgate-Palmolive, we are committed to always meeting and often exceeding the requirements established for our products,” he says.
For electromechanical products, Dan thinks about more than adherence to safety regulations. How is the product affected by static electricity—or by radio waves? What materials make up the product? How energy efficient is it? Has it passed assembly line inspections? Even though he has more than 30 years of experience in the field of compliance, Dan describes his line of work as “a college you can never graduate from”—there are always new products to learn about and regulations to be reviewed, understood and applied. Product compliance engineers like Dan must consider all of these questions and many more—sometimes asking questions that others have not. In some instances, Colgate-Palmolive has voluntarily adopted rigorous standards beyond what regulations require. For example, for the manual toothbrush, Colgate-Palmolive looks at not just toothbrush requirements and regulations, but also considers some requirements from standards for children’s toys, all towards the commitment to increase product safety. Dan understands that emphasizing product safety is crucial to making products that people can trust. “We’re not just thinking about the safety of the person holding the toothbrush, but also the safety of their toddlers and pets,” he says. “Together, we at Colgate-Palmolive have a lot of experience, knowledge and collected data about how our products are used, and we use all of our learning to make robust, safe products. Our families and friends buy Colgate products, and we have a responsibility to protect them and everyone else who uses our products.” Certifications: iNARTE, CERTIFIED PRODUCT SAFETY ENGINEER (certificate # PS-000014-NCE) Professional Affiliations: Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Senior Member IEEE Consumer Electronics Society member IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society member IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society member, past VP of Communication Services (and other positions)