Product safety has really been a frontline focus in our industry. I am proud to be a Product Safety Ambassador representing Summit Group since Spring 2014. We have been listed on Promotional Products Association Intnernational as an early adopter of this program.
What is the PPAI Product Safety Awareness Program?
The Product Safety Awareness Program is part of a larger PPAI initiative to create confidence in promotional products as an advertising medium at every level. It helps position the medium as a powerful and safe marketing strategy. The Product Safety Awareness Program is currently focused on education. As part of the program, all industry companies who want to access the PPAI marketplace through trade-show exhibit space, sponsorship and advertising must obtain Product Safety Aware status.
This program was created by PPAI because product safety regulations are increasing on federal, state and international levels. As a result of these constant changes, PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) believes it is essential that the industry as a whole recognize and understand the importance of product safety and that every company develop a basic awareness of the importance and requirements of product safety.
While PPAI cannot educate every person in every company in the entire industry, the Association and its members can expect, and require, at least one person in every company to have a basic understanding of product responsibility obligations.
The training that I have completed includes:
• Product Safety Basics
• Prop 65 & State Regulations
• Undue Influence Training
• One elective – Reasonable Test Programs
Participation in the Product Safety Awareness Program is not required. Though, we at Summit felt it was the right thing to do to better support our clients.
What does this all mean?
As a distributor, it means we need not be afraid to ask our manufacturers to provide testing documents for their products. It means asking our clients key questions to identify a products intended use and determine the type of testing documents required for the specific product. In general it means not turning a blind eye to the products we are sourcing from our suppliers, being proactive and not placing the product safety responsibility solely on the manufacturer.
As a Global Sourcing Team, it means working with our accredited third party testing partner, UL, to determine the testing requirements for specific items and communicating the requirements to be sure that the factory overseas is quoting and will produce a product that complies with all requirements.
Though all of this is now official with PPAI, the Global Sourcing Team at Summit Group has always kept product safety, testing and compliance at the forefront of our operations. It is extremely important to us that the products we produce and import for our clients are produced and tested to comply with all USA product safety standards for their specific product categories. It is imperative that our domestic suppliers do the same.
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