Below you'll find articles and reports regarding product safety, eco-friendly business practices and concerns, along with other important information.

State Product Regulations: Simplified
Many state regulations overlap with federal regulations that govern similar health and environmental concerns, so a product that is found to violate a federal regulation can also violate one or more corresponding state regulations, and in some cases, in multiple states, thereby resulting in several federal and state regulations being violated by the same product.  Distributors and end buyers in our industry should be very aware of the key product safety regulations of the states where their products are sold or used, and implement best practices to eliminate (or reduce) certain hazards and chemicals that can result in violations.

10 Ways To Get Up To Speed Quickly On Product Responsibility
For most distributors, the topic of product responsibility (a.k.a. product safety) in the promotional products industry is hardly top of mind. While you are vaguely aware of the various laws and regulations, and you know it is important to keep up with the topic, right now you have more important priorities, no extra resources and most of your customers don’t seem to care.

Sourcing Safe Products
Why you must know your factories and their sources inside out.

Protect Your Client's Brand
Why it's your first responsibility to your client. 

CPSIA: Implications for Printwear Decorators
Learn more about the CPSIA's implications for decorators of children's products as they relate to decorators.

CPSC Issues New Rules Governing Testing And Certification Of Children's Products
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved new regulations regarding the independent third-party testing of children's products. The new rules specify periodic testing requirements and component part testing rules for domestic manufacturers, importers and private labelers.

Product Safety Ask & Answer 
Best Practices for the promotional products sales force. 

President Obama Signs CPSIA Revision Bill Into Law
On August 12, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 2715 to revise the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

CPSC Mandates Lead Limit In Children's Products
The CPSIA limits lead levels in children's products to no more than 100 parts per million (ppm) unless the CPSC determines the limit is unfeasible. Following its review process, the CPSC has chosen to go ahead with the 100 ppm lead limit for products in which the limit has been determined technologically feasible.

February 2011 Update of CPSIA Requirements and Stays of Enforcement
The CPSC charts its requirements for general use and children's products in this easy-to-read guide.

5 Steps You Need To Take Before 2/10/2010
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is the most comprehensive overhaul of consumer product safety rules since the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was established more than 30 years ago.

A Green Guide
Green is not a trend. Green is not a fad. Regardless of personal opinion about the cause of global warming, that fact is that the earth's resources are limited and it is up to everyone to preserve and protect them.

Taking Green Into The Black
Since the explosion of the eco-friendly movement just a few years ago, the call for green items in the promotional products industry is heard more loudly than ever.

Phthalates: A Comprehensive Guide
A product liability attorney compares and contrasts CPSIA, California's phthlate ban and Proposition 65, explaining what you need to know and when.

Head of the Class 
Small- to medium-sized suppliers and distributors (those making less than $250,000 per year) are equally as capable of educating clients and staff about compliance as he industry’s big players.

Are You Guilty of Undue Influence?
On February 8, 2013, the CPSC implemented many changes and created new regulations to be followed. One major requirement now is that manufacturers and importers of children’s products must have a written policy against exercising undue influence on third-party testing laboratories.  The “undue influence” provisions of the new regulations also require employee training on each company’s “no undue influence policy.” This is just one example of the many new requirements in the third-party testing regulations for children’s products. And while the government spells out what to do, they leave you in the dark as to how to do it.

Recall Readiness 101
How do you prepare for an urgent project recall? What should a company do before any product hazard arises to be as ready as possible to implement a recall?

Staying Silent Can Cost You
Follow the letter of the law or be prepared to pay an astronomical penalty and then be compelled to follow the law with a costly CPSC-imposed mandatory compliance program. 

The Young Ones
Selling decorated children’s apparel works much the same way as anything else involving kids—it requires significantly more planning and more patience.

Golden Opportunity
By establishing and adhering to general operating guidelines for how you source promotional products, vet your suppliers and share information with suppliers, you can effectively gain an advantage over your competitors who are selling on product and price alone.

So Happy Together?
A written supplier agreement is a valuable and necessary tool to hold her suppliers responsible for fulfilling their duties to provide a distributor company with safe and compliant quality products.  

Who Is Responsible For Safe Products?
As members of the supply chain, distributors and suppliers are responsible for putting only safe and compliant products in the market. Distributors must protect their customer’s brand as if it were their own. Suppliers must ensure compliance with all regulations and oversee all factories.

Know Your Responsibility For Product Safety
Product safety is everyone’s business because it can mean the difference between being in business and being put out of business through litigation and terminal damage to a company’s reputation.

Understanding California's Prop 65
It’s impossible for companies in our industry to know (1) if all of our products are fully compliant under Prop 65; and (2) if they will be shipped to California (most of the time, the end-buyer clients will ship products to their clients or satellite offices in California without our knowledge)…The more risk you reduce in your product compliance program, the smaller the target you become to regulators and “bounty hunters.”

Nailed By A Bounty Hunter - A California Prop 65 Violation Can Cost Your Company
Private enforcers are given full authority under the law to seek damages, fines and penalties on behalf of the state. They can also recover their attorneys’ fees and court costs. 

Safety Champion
As safety and compliance are becoming part of day-to-day operations, finding an individual who can take the helm and follow the winding trail through complex rules and regulations is becoming essential for many companies within the promotional products industry.

Yikes! A Product Recall?
As part of its regular product safety audit program, a national golf retailer collected samples…it received and sent them to its third-party lab for testing to verify compliance with applicable CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Information Act) requirements for children’s products. Unfortunately, the lab’s tests came back with the shocking results…

First Steps To Building A Basic Compliance Program
Product safety laws provide regulations and requirements that everyone in the supply chain is obligated to follow, so the issue becomes how to comply with these regulations and requirements within your organization.  The processes and procedures you put in place will provide the direction for how your organization conducts its business and serve as the guiding principles for sound decision making in the future.

How The CPSC Views Our Industry
Cheryl Falvey, the general counsel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has put in writing exactly how the senior staff at the commission regards the responsibilities of distributors who decorate.

Would You Risk A $10,000 Order To Raise Product Safety Questions?
You get a call one morning from a marketing manager referred to you by one of your customers. She desperately needs 7,500 tote bags for an event the following week and wants to know if you can deliver. You do some quick math and realize you could be talking about an order approaching $10,000. Now, what questions are you going to ask?

Quality Control Inspections
As a best practice, there are typically three stages during a product’s production cycle when a quality inspection should be conducted…

Label It Right
Depending on what you sell, where you buy it, who makes it and how you decorate it, the tracking label requirement can be a complex burden. One thing is certain: each distributor and supplier should develop a rock-solid process for their tracking labels. This is one provision of CPSIA that could cost you a lot if you get it wrong.

Lab Report
Choosing the right lab for your company is like choosing the right physician for your family’s healthcare needs. The same qualities you seek in a doctor should be demonstrated by your lab of choice.

How To Find And Evaluate A Test Lab
When evaluating, developing or launching a product, you must conduct a formal evaluation of the product to ensure that it is safe, appropriate and meets the social and environmental expectations of the end buyer. This evaluation should address the product, its packaging and any decoration to the product itself.

A Wake-Up Call
It must be understood—except for certain products that the FDA regulates, every promotional product imported into or sold in the United States falls under the CPSC’s jurisdiction. Yes, this means your products.
A Wake-Up Call
It must be understood—except for certain products that the FDA regulates, every promotional product imported into or sold in the United States falls under the CPSC’s jurisdiction. Yes, this means your products.

This information is being furnished by PPAI for educational and informational purposes only. The Association makes no warranties or representations about specific dates, coverage or application. Consult with appropriate legal counsel about the specific application of the law to your business and products.



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