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Product Responsibility

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  • How The Section 301 Tariffs Are Affecting The Promotional Products Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 12/04/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    PPAI has enlisted the help of an experienced trade counsel to translate the Section 301 tariff list into a plain language guide about the items that are on the list. The third group of products that were named in the Section 301 investigation listed several items that are prevalent in the promotional products industry, specifically. This session will offer an in-depth look at the products listed and offer best practices for managing the effect of the tariffs.

    PPAI has enlisted the help of an experienced trade counsel to translate the Section 301 tariff list into a plain language guide about the items that are on the list. The third group of products that were named in the Section 301 investigation listed several items that are prevalent in the promotional products industry, specifically. This session will offer an in-depth look at the products listed and offer best practices for managing the effect of the tariffs. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Jean-Rene Broussard

    Jean-Rene Broussard counsels clients on a variety of international trade issues including customs compliance, trade policy and market access. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Broussard was an attorney with the United States Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Regulations and Rulings, where he authored numerous rulings on the tariff classification and country of origin for a wide range of products, including numerous chemical, textile and consumer electronic products. Broussard also assisted in the technical review of a number of legislative proposals and drafted CBP’s comments on the legislation. Before joining CBP,  Broussard served on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, where he worked on a range of trade issues such as customs and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill. Broussard received his J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 2006, where he was a member of the Tulane Moot Court Board and was Treasurer of the Student Bar Association.

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  • Closing The Gaps

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 11/28/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This session will walk you through the process of conducting a gap analysis on your company’s product responsibility policies and procedures. The architects of PPAI’s 2018 Product Responsibility Summit workbook will provide an outline the framework and implement the necessary processes to close the gaps in your compliance program. The content of this session is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve your company’s compliance efforts.

    This session will walk you through the process of conducting a gap analysis on your company’s product responsibility policies and procedures. An architect of PPAI’s 2018 Product Responsibility Summit workbook, Shamini Peter will provide an outline the framework and implement the necessary processes to close the gaps in your compliance program. The content of this session is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve your company’s compliance efforts. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Shamini Peter

    Chief Operating Officer

    Shamini Peter currently serves as chief operating officer for Axis Promotions and continues to also head product safety and compliance. She has worked with the Axis for 11 years. Her area of expertise is in supply chain and logistics. She oversees the vetting of suppliers, product testing and the logistics of Axis’s large, custom orders. Peter interfaces directly with Axis Promotions Inc. clients as needed throughout the production cycle, including pre and post-delivery. Peter attended The University of Western Australia where she graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree in accounting and finance, with a minor in law.  After graduation she returned to Malaysia where she worked for a large Australian manufacturer before joining her family’s freight forwarding business in New York, gaining her first hands-on experience in international commerce and logistics.  She currently is a member on PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG).

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  • Country Risk Assessments In Responsible Sourcing

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 10/31/2018

    Are there any practical steps for responsible sourcing and ensuring compliance with the new rules surrounding social responsibility? Yes! This session will cover the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations and help inform key decisions about partnerships and sourcing. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards.

    Are there any practical steps for responsible sourcing and ensuring compliance with the new rules surrounding social responsibility? Yes! This session will cover the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations and help inform key decisions about partnerships and sourcing. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards. 

    Tom van Haaren

    Tom van Haaren is the program manager for Business Affiliates (EMEA) at the Fair Labor Association. Van Haaren is responsible for supporting the Fair Labor Association’s Participating Companies and Suppliers in the strategic implementation of the FLA Principles. He also works to raise awareness of the FLA and drive collaboration wherever possible. He is committed to the protection and advancement of worker’s rights throughout the global supply chain.

    Prior to joining the FLA, he served as the senior advisor for Responsible Sourcing at ICTI CARE. Van Haaren also held several positions that included working for the National Labor Relations Board as well as Calvert Investments, a socially responsible investment firm, where evaluated how companies can generate value from addressing risks in their global supply chains. He was also the senior account manager for North America at Sedex where he worked directly with companies to develop and implement effective responsible sourcing practices.
     
    He received a BA in History from Cornell University and a Master’s of Industrial and Labor Relations from the ILR school also at Cornell.

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  • MAS: Hazard Identification In The Product Life Cycle

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/22/2018

    Product safety is a challenging issue in the promotional products industry because the ultimate use and users of the product are not always known at the time of manufacture. This session will address vital considerations that could help you avoid potential hazards for your business.

    Product safety is a challenging issue in the promotional products industry because the ultimate use and users of the product are not always known at the time of manufacture. For example, promotional products that are intended for use by adults are given out at trade shows and in workplaces and may end up in the hands of children. This does not mean that every promotional product must be designed as safe for children of all ages, but it does mean that a determination about its appeal and foreseeable use by children needs to be considered when manufacturing or distributing a promotional product. Join Sue DeRagon for this session and she will address vital considerations that could help you avoid potential hazards for your business.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the Senior Technical Consultant for Asia Inspection. Ms. DeRagon has over 25 years of experience in the toy and premiums industry, and has worked with PPAI as a technical consultant since 2008. Ms. DeRagon has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars, and works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of product testing, quality assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    Ms. DeRagon is an active member of the Toy Industry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, participating on several toy and children's product standards committees. She is also on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

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  • Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following: Have a current CAS Certification Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes Complete 35 MAS elective credits Minimum of 1.0 Industry Service Credit* (a maximum of 15 Industry Service credits are allowed) Re-certification every three years (by earning 25 additional MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) *Industry Service Credits are defined as volunteer service you provide on behalf of the promotional products industry. This can mean serving on a Regional Association Committee, PPAI Committee or Board, presenting a program at your local Chamber of Commerce, presenting a PPAI webinar, etc. See the ppai.org/certification online for more information on certification and industry service credit to be applied to your transcript.

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following:

    Have a current CAS Certification 

    Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org

    Complete 35 MAS elective credits 

     Minimum of 1.0 Industry Service Credit* (a maximum of 15 Industry Service credits are allowed) Re-certification every three years (by earning 25 additional MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 

    *Industry Service Credits are defined as volunteer service you provide on behalf of the promotional products industry. This can mean serving on a Regional Association Committee, PPAI Committee or Board, presenting a program at your local Chamber of Commerce, presenting a PPAI webinar, etc. See the ppai.org/certification online for more information on certification and industry service credit to be applied to your transcript.

  • MAS: In Depth Look At How To Handle A Recall

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 07/25/2018

    ​Join Susan DeRagon for this session on How To Handle A Recall. This session will guide you through the development of recall policies and procedures. It will address decisions and essential issues relevant to the requirements of an appropriate recall response. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards. ​

    Join Susan DeRagon for this session on How To Handle A Recall. This session will guide you through the development of recall policies and procedures. It will address decisions and essential issues relevant to the requirements of an appropriate recall response. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards. 

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is senior technical consultant at AsiaInspection. With over 30 years of experience, DeRagon is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods. She works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of regulatory compliance, product testing, quality control and assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    DeRagon is an active member of The Toy Association and ASTM International, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees. She is also a previous member of the Board of Directors for the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

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  • Practical Quality Considerations for Audits and Sourcing

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/20/2018

    Join us for an advanced focus on quality audits. During this in-depth learning session, Andy Church will take viewers on a deep dive into what to look for during an audit, and provide practical takeaways for implementation.

    Join us for an advanced focus on quality audits. During this in-depth learning session, Andy Church will take viewers on a deep dive into what to look for during an audit, and provide practical takeaways for implementation. Please note this session qualifies as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Andy Church

    Founder

    Andy Church founded Insight Quality in 2014 after 12 years living in Shenzhen, China and working in the quality assurance testing and supply chain support industry. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas with Chinese operations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Yiwu, and Qingdao, Insight provides companies sourcing in Asia with a well-supported team that can take care of overseas sourcing and quality inspection needs.  Whether it’s a short-term emergency or a long-term QA strategy, Andy and his team can serve as your boots on the ground and partner in Asia. He has over 20 years of experience with the ins and outs of product development, manufacturing, social accountability, and quality assurance. 

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  • Expo East 2018: Product Responsibility: What You Need To Know To Source And Sell With Confidence

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 06/11/2018

    This session will address the top product safety issues for the promotional products industry, and it will focus specifically on children’s products and new warning requirements for California Prop 65. This session will qualify for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    This session will address the top product safety issues for the promotional products industry, and it will focus specifically on children’s products and new warning requirements for California Prop 65. Join Anne Stone for this session and it will qualify for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.

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  • Certified Advertising Specialist Package

    Contains 27 Product(s) 1 new product(s) added recently

    Get all your sessions registered in one-stop shopping style and complete at your own pace!

    Get all your sessions registered in one-stop shopping style and complete at your own pace! 

    Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org

    Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

  • CAS: How To Communicate Compliance To An End Buyer

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 05/09/2018

    Join Anne Stone for this session on how to communicate compliance to end buyers. A session designed to help you engage your customers in the compliance conversation. It covers how you can start the conversation, what questions to ask and the best practices necessary to back up your compliance talk. At the end you will understand how to use the tools provided in order to deliver the compliance message with confidence. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Anne Stone for this session on how to communicate compliance to end buyers. A session designed to help you engage your customers in the compliance conversation. It covers how you can start the conversation, what questions to ask and the best practices necessary to back up your compliance talk. At the end you will understand how to use the tools provided in order to deliver the compliance message with confidence. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.

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  • PSA Required: Prop 65 and State Regulations

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 04/11/2018

    Big changes are coming to Cal Prop 65 that could cost you and your business. In addition to the federal regulations that affect the promotional products industry, individual states have passed laws that can affect your company as well. This session is a must for navigating your interstate deals, not just by knowing the rules, but by having strategies in place to manage them.

    Join Anne Stone for this session on Prop 65 and State Regulations. Big changes are coming to Cal Prop 65 that could cost you and your business. In addition to the federal regulations that affect the promotional products industry, individual states have passed laws that can affect your company as well. This session is a must for navigating your interstate deals, not just by knowing the rules, but by having strategies in place to manage them. This course is a required element of the Product Safety Aware program. This course contains information regarding United States regulations, laws and standards, specifically. 

    Recommended Pre-Requisite: CAS Required: Product Safety Basics

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs. Anne is responsible for guiding PPAI's legislative and government relations efforts, including taking a contingent of PPAI members to Washington, DC, to advocate directly to US lawmakers on issues important to the promotional products industry. Anne also oversees the Association's product responsibility programs including the development of industry best practices and the PPAI Product Safety Summit, a two-day education event focused specifically on product responsibility issues. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Advisory Council and the Product Responsibility Advisory Group.

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  • Product Safety Awareness Package

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    The Product Safety Awareness Program is an earned certification by completed each component of this package. Once completed you will be able to print your Product Safety Awareness Ambassador certificate.

    The Product Safety Awareness Program is an earned certification by completed each component of this package. Once completed you will be able to print your Product Safety Awareness Ambassador certificate. 

    Take The Following Free Education Opportunities:

    • CAS Required Product Safety Basics (90 minutes)
    • PSA Required: Prop 65 and State Regulation (60 minutes)
    • PSA Required: Undue Influence Training (30 minutes)
    • Social Responsibility: Why Should We Care? (60)

    Upon Completion of the program: 

    • You will receive notice of credit for the course.
    • You will receive notification of your status and receive the "We Are Product Safety Aware" logos to be used in your marketing materials
    • You will be added to the list of Product Safety Aware companies on the PPAI website.
    • Make your plans to attend the Product Safety Summit, Expo & Expo East in the future
    • Adopt the PPAI Code of Conduct
    • Keep Your Product Safety Awareness Current 
    • Complete two hours of products safety education every two years in order to continue in the program.
  • ICPHSO 2018 Recap: Accelerated Change In The Exponential Age

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 03/21/2018

    This webinar shares information from the 25th annual ICPHSO product safety symposium, whose theme was "Accelerated Change in the Exponential Age: Learning from History to Make Safer Products in the Future". With new products continually being developed, this webinar will explore ways to identify potential product hazards and how to mitigate them, how to use emerging technologies to accelerate product safety, and how to make retailers (brands) happy. This webinar will include updates on CPSC programs as well as Prop 65, and how to use social media and technology to reach and protect your customers. This session qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Karolyn Helda for this webinar as she shares information from the 25th annual ICPHSO product safety symposium, whose theme was "Accelerated Change in the Exponential Age: Learning from History to Make Safer Products in the Future".  With new products continually being developed, this webinar will explore ways to identify potential product hazards and how to mitigate them, how to use emerging technologies to accelerate product safety, and how to make retailers (brands) happy.  This webinar will include updates on CPSC programs as well as Prop 65, and how to use social media and technology to reach and protect your customers.  This session qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Karolyn Helda

    Managing Director

    Karolyn Helda is the managing director of AI's North American operations and has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer products quality assurance industry with 15 years of direct experience with promotional products. Her knowledge spans toys and children's products, textiles and general merchandise, as well as consumable consumer goods such as over-the-counter drugs, health and beauty items, and food. She has previously held roles in laboratory management, global compliance program development and management, and protocol development according to international testing requirements.

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  • PSA Required: Undue Influence

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered Recorded On: 11/08/2017

    Undue influence training is an essential element in any product responsibility program and is required by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The session will help you understand what undue influence is and how to avoid it, as well as provide you with tools and resources that are easily shared with the rest of your team. This course is a required element of the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Anne Stone for this session on Undue Influence. Undue influence training is an essential element in any product responsibility program and is required by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The session will help you understand what undue influence is and how to avoid it, as well as provide you with tools and resources that are easily shared with the rest of your team. This course is a required element of the Product Safety Aware program. This course contains information regarding United States regulations, laws and standards, specifically. 

    Recommended Pre-Requisite: CAS Required Product Safety Basics

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.

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  • MAS: Declaration Of Independent Contractors: Pillars And Pitfalls

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/30/2017

    Join Cory Halliburton for this session on the pillars of independent contractor classification. This session will also discuss the legal and tax pitfalls that may arise in the event of misclassification. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Join Cory Halliburton for this session on the pillars of independent contractor classification. This session will also discuss the legal and tax pitfalls that may arise in the event of misclassification. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.%

    Cory Halliburton

    Attorney At Law

    Cory Halliburton is an attorney with the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber. He has served as General Counsel for PPAI since May 2014 and since that time he has participated in just about every PPAI Board meeting and strategic planning session and has reviewed hundreds of contracts for PPAI. He also supports in-house counsel of publicly traded companies and executives in the tax-exempt organizations space in their drafting and negotiation of substantial vendor agreements. 

    Cory Halliburton graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003 and, among other accolades, was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

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  • MAS: To Exempt Or Not To Exempt, That Is The FLSA Question

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/09/2017

    A dive into the factors, requirements and other business and legal matters affecting employee classifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Join Cory Halliburton for this webinar on the factors, requirements and other business and legal matters affecting employee classifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Cory Halliburton

    Attorney At Law

    Cory Halliburton is an attorney with the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber. He has served as General Counsel for PPAI since May 2014 and since that time he has participated in just about every PPAI Board meeting and strategic planning session and has reviewed hundreds of contracts for PPAI. He also supports in-house counsel of publicly traded companies and executives in the tax-exempt organizations space in their drafting and negotiation of substantial vendor agreements. 

    Cory Halliburton graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003 and, among other accolades, was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

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  • MAS: Go-Go Bananas: Challenges of Product Liability and Indemnification Up and Down the Stream of Commerce

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 07/19/2017

    Promotional products industry professionals should understand how liability for product defects may arise and flow within the stream of commerce, and how the players in the stream may allocate (or may be statutorily required to allocate) risk through indemnity and other arrangements. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Promotional products industry professionals should understand how liability for product defects may arise and flow within the stream of commerce, and how the players in the stream may allocate (or may be statutorily required to allocate) risk through indemnity and other arrangements. 

    The existence or scope of liability and indemnity in a particular product stream depends on common law principles, statutory law and state reforms, contractual agreements and public policy. In this presentation, we will consider the various moving parts within the concept of product liability and indemnity with the hope that we will all gain good knowledge that will improve your individual businesses and the promotional products industry as a whole.This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective. 

    Cory Halliburton

    Attorney At Law

    Cory Halliburton is an attorney with the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber. He has served as General Counsel for PPAI since May 2014 and since that time he has participated in just about every PPAI Board meeting and strategic planning session and has reviewed hundreds of contracts for PPAI. He also supports in-house counsel of publicly traded companies and executives in the tax-exempt organizations space in their drafting and negotiation of substantial vendor agreements. 

    Cory Halliburton graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003 and, among other accolades, was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

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  • Making Your Import Compliance Manual Work for You

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 07/12/2017

    ​Do you have an import compliance manual that works for your company? This webinar will help you address the regulatory compliance of your products before you produce and distribute them. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Do you have an import compliance manual that works for your company?  In this session Michelle Schulz will explore how to develop a practical import compliance manual that satisfies US government expectations while taking into account your business goals.  This webinar will help you address the regulatory compliance of your products before you produce and distribute them. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Michelle Schulz

    Partner and Co-Founder

    Michelle Schulz is co-founder and co-chair of Gardere’s International Trade Practice. In addition, she co-chairs the firm’s broader International Practice Group, which provides end-to-end solutions for global business transactions and litigation worldwide. As a leading authority in international trade law, Schulz represents a range of corporate clients in matters relating to U.S. trade regulations such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the U.S. Export Administration Regulations, and the various sanctions and embargoes administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. She also routinely represents clients in government investigations, audits, disclosures, fines, penalties, and forfeitures. She also guides corporate clients on export and import policies and procedures, export licensing, duty savings, and other trade compliance matters.

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  • Legislation And Agencies That Regulate The Use of Promotional Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 05/31/2017

    Promotional products fall under the jurisdiction of a variety of government agencies and their regulations. Learn which agencies and which regulations apply to your product. This webinar will help you address the regulatory compliance of your products before you produce and distribute them. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Promotional products fall under the jurisdiction of a variety of government agencies and their regulations. Join Ben Kornblet for this overview, and learn which agencies and which regulations apply to your product. This webinar will help you address the regulatory compliance of your products before you produce and distribute them. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Ben Kornblet

    Manager of Global Consumer Regulatory Affairs

    Ben Kornblet is the Program Manager for Global Regulatory Affairs Manager in UL’s Consumer and Retail Services division where he leads a team that advises clients on how global legislative and regulatory activity might impact a client’s supply chain. Prior to joining UL in 2015, Mr. Kornblet was the Principal of BKC Group where he provided regulatory and business consulting services to clients with interests in the regulatory developments at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration. In total, he has spent 15 years in Washington working on legislative and regulatory policy on a variety of issues including product safety and the environment.  Mr. Kornblet holds a JD from Syracuse University, a Master in Public Administration from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Public Citizenship, and a BA from Tulane University. 


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  • Technology: What Power Bank Standard UL 2056 Means to Your Business

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    Tech products are one of the hottest categories in the promo industry—and the most dangerous. UL 2056 is a new product safety standard for power banks that was developed to protect consumers from physical harm and property damage. This advanced session will dive deep into the intricacies of UL 2056 and provide steps for what industry members need to do to ensure compliance.This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join LaTanya Schwalb for this session on Power Bank Standard UL 2056. Tech products are one of the hottest categories in the promo industry—and the most dangerous. UL 2056 is a new product safety standard for power banks that was developed to protect consumers from physical harm and property damage. Manufacturers, industry suppliers and distributors must be aware of the standards and what their obligations are under the law in order to avoid expensive recalls and damage to brand reputations. This advanced session will dive deep into the intricacies of UL 2056 and provide steps for what industry members need to do to ensure compliance.

    LaTanya Schwalb

    Senior Project Engineer

    LaTanya Schwalb is a Senior Project Engineer at UL LLC. She has been with the company for fifteen years and her work in product safety and compliance has spanned from household products to high tech products. For the last 2-1/2 years she has been focusing more of her work in the small battery industry. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and was achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze with Toastmasters International.

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  • Technology: What You Must Know For Selling Promotional Tech Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 10/25/2016

    Tech products are one of the industry’s hottest product categories, but what do you really know about sourcing them? Here you will learn about the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing technology products. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join LaTanya Schwalb for this session on tech products. Tech products are one of the industry's hottest product categories, but what do you really know about sourcing them? Here you will learn about the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing technology products. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    LaTanya Schwalb

    Senior Project Engineer

    LaTanya Schwalb is a Senior Project Engineer at UL LLC. She has been with the company for fifteen years and her work in product safety and compliance has spanned from household products to high tech products. For the last 2-1/2 years she has been focusing more of her work in the small battery industry. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and was achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze with Toastmasters International.

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  • Technology: Lithium Ion Batteries

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 10/11/2016

    This course will address the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing lithium batteries. Learn what you need to look out for to keep you and your channel partners on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join LaTanya Schwalb for this session as she addresses the critical need for safety and certification when sourcing lithium batteries. Learn what you need to look out for to keep you and your channel partners on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    LaTanya Schwalb

    Senior Project Engineer

    LaTanya Schwalb is a Senior Project Engineer at UL LLC. She has been with the company for fifteen years and her work in product safety and compliance has spanned from household products to high tech products. For the last 2-1/2 years she has been focusing more of her work in the small battery industry. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and was achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze with Toastmasters International.

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  • TSCA Reform Changes Everything Federally And Pre-Empts On Some State Regulations

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 09/13/2016

    Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has finally happened. We will outline testing authority and tiers, the process for the introduction of new chemicals, define what is considered confidential information under the Act, and more.This sessions is more focused for suppliers. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Stacie Abraham for the session in regards to the Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Passed in 1976, it is the primary chemical regulation law within the US. An overhaul has taken place and now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority it previously lacked to enforce chemical regulations. This session will delve into the complexity of the Act by identifying state and federal authority parameters based on complicated provisions. In addition, we will outline testing authority and tiers, the process for the introduction of new chemicals, define what is considered confidential information under the Act, and more. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program. This sessions is more focused for suppliers.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:

    • CAS Required: Product Safety Basics
    • Prop 65 & State Regulations

    Stacie Abraham

    Senior Regulatory Specialist

    Stacie Abraham is a senior regulatory specialist with the Chemicals & Formulated Products group, UL Supply Chain & Sustainability. With over 30 years of combined regulatory and chemistry experience, she is an expert in global chemical control regulations, the GHS and region-specific hazard communication regulations, and in toxicology data analysis. Her experience includes design and implementation of global regulatory compliance management systems for a diverse product base, and assessing complex regulatory chemistry scenarios for compliance with global chemical inventory regulations. Abraham holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Deep Dive Into State Regulations

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 08/02/2016

    So you’ve go the whole CPSIA thing down and you are fairly comfortable with Prop 65. But are you aware that there are 250-plus laws and rules across 38 states regulating the use of toxic substances? In addition, 20 state legislatures are considering nearly 75 new proposed chemical safety policies. This session will take a deep dive into the laws and rules that have the most impact on the promotional products industry. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Andrew Farhat and Brian Grochal for this session on diving deep into state regulations. So you've go the whole CPSIA thing down and you are fairly comfortable with Prop 65. But are you aware that there are 250-plus laws and rules across 38 states regulating the use of toxic substances? In addition, 20 state legislatures are considering nearly 75 new proposed chemical safety policies. This session will take a deep dive into the laws and rules that have the most impact on the promotional products industry. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:
    • CAS Required: Product Safety Basics
    • Prop 65 & State Regulation

    Andrew Farhat

    Global Toy Leader

    Actively involved in the quality assurance industry for over 10 years, Andrew has experience in a broad range of consumer products including toys, textiles and apparel, and general merchandise on both the laboratory and manufacturing/retail sides of the industry. As the Global Toy Leader, Andrew oversees and directs UL's global toy business. By defining and executing the global toy strategy in all areas including technical, operations and relationship development, he is responsible for influencing and coordinating activities related to operations, marketing, commercial, pricing, and overall strategy. In his previous role, Andrew served as a Regulatory Affairs Manager where he worked with clients to implement value-added solutions to meet the requirements of evolving global legislations.

    Brian Grochal

    Technical Lead, Juvenile Products Consumer and Retail Services

    Speaker: Brian Grochal, UL

    BRIAN GROCHAL is a juvenile-product expert with extensive manufacturing experience. His knowledge encompasses U.S., Canadian, European, Australian, Brazilian, and Chinese standards, global compliance systems, product lifecycle management, traceability systems and risk assessment. He most recently served as compliance manager for Maclaren, with heavy involvement in product development and quality. Prior to joining Maclaren, he led global regulatory matters for 4moms, a high-tech childcare article manufacturer, during a period of massive expansion into new product categories and new international markets. Brian is also an active participant in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittees for juvenile products, is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), and a member of Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

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  • CPSC Recalls and The Current State of Civil Penalties: The Case for a Robust Compliance Program

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 07/27/2016

    The regulated community has seen the CPSC levy large civil penalties with more frequency. In this webinar, we will dive into some recent CPSC recalls and civil penalties, and explore some of the factors that the CPSC utilizes when determining the civil penalty action and amount. By better understanding these cases, you will identify some best practices that can be used when building your compliance program.This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Andrew Farhat for the session CPSC Recalls and The Current State of Civil Penalties. The regulated community has seen the CPSC levy large civil penalties with more frequency. With the passage of the CPSIA in 2008, the maximum penalty for each violation increased from $8,000 to $100,000, with maximum penalty amounts for a series of violations increased from $1.8 million to $15 million. In this webinar, we will dive into some recent CPSC recalls and civil penalties, and explore some of the factors that the CPSC utilizes when determining the civil penalty action and amount. By better understanding these cases, you will identify some best practices that can be used when building your compliance program.This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Andrew Farhat

    Global Toy Leader

    Actively involved in the quality assurance industry for over 10 years, Andrew has experience in a broad range of consumer products including toys, textiles and apparel, and general merchandise on both the laboratory and manufacturing/retail sides of the industry. As the Global Toy Leader, Andrew oversees and directs UL's global toy business. By defining and executing the global toy strategy in all areas including technical, operations and relationship development, he is responsible for influencing and coordinating activities related to operations, marketing, commercial, pricing, and overall strategy. In his previous role, Andrew served as a Regulatory Affairs Manager where he worked with clients to implement value-added solutions to meet the requirements of evolving global legislations.

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  • The Art of Testing: A Tour Through Testing Methods for Promotional Products

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 07/18/2016

    We frequently talk about the requirements for compliance testing related to consumer promotional products, but what does it entail? This is a must-attend session for suppliers and a huge opportunity for distributors looking to stay on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Jessica Pyle for the Art of Testing. We frequently talk about the requirements for compliance testing related to consumer promotional products,but what does it entail? What kinds of testing need to be done? What are the different types? How are tests performed and which one is best for your product and/or situation? This session delves into the complexity of product safety testing for heavy metals, how it affects the products you make and sell, how specific types of testing are done and the differences between them. This is a must-attend session for suppliers and a huge opportunity for distributors looking to stay on the right side of compliance. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Recommended Pre-Requisites:

    • CAS Required: Product Safety Basics
    • Prop 65 & State Regulations

    Jessica Pyle, XOS

    Senior Applications Engineer

    Jessica Pyle is a senior applications engineer at XOS, a manufacturer of high definition x-ray fluorescence (HDXRF®) heavy metal analyzers. She has more than 10 years of progressive experience in laboratory research and advanced technology applications. Most recently, her focus is on the use of HDXRF technology for the purpose of detecting regulated elements in consumer products. She works closely with XOS customers—leading laboratories and manufacturers around the world— to help them meet their testing and regulatory needs. Mrs. Pyle earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from The University of New York at Buffalo, and a master's degree in materials science and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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  • What Do You Need To Know To Stay On The Right Side Of Regulations When Decorating Apparel

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 07/12/2016

    This session will answer your questions for apparel decorators and distributors regarding CPSIA regulations and keeping yourself on the right side of compliance. This session is appropriate for distributors and third-party apparel decorators. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Join Sue DeRagon, Mary Poissant, and Anne Stone for the session, What Do You Need to Know To Stay on the Right Side of Regulations When Decorating Apparel.This session will answer your questions for apparel decorators and distributors regarding CPSIA regulations and keeping yourself on the right side of compliance. Find out what your obligations are and who is responsible for ensuring CPSIA compliance when a distributor enlists the services of a third-party decorator to embellish youth apparel? Learn the regulations and how they apply to both parties. Decorators will receive hands-on tips for implementing best practices on the shop floor. Distributors will receive best practices on managing the process and completing the necessary documentation.This session is appropriate for distributors and third-party apparel decorators.This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is senior technical consultant at AsiaInspection. With over 30 years of experience, DeRagon is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods. She works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of regulatory compliance, product testing, quality control and assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    DeRagon is an active member of The Toy Association and ASTM International, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees. She is also a previous member of the Board of Directors for the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

    Mary Poissant

    Director of Sales

    Mary Poissant has been in the promotional products industry for 26 years. Mary started in the industry working for a local screen print shop in Buffalo, NY. In 1994 she began her distributorship including silkscreen print services as Ad Impressions. She partnered with Apple Imprints apparel on large projects for several years and in 2005 formally closed her distributorship and took on Director of Sales and Marketing of Apple Imprints Apparel, a top-rated wholesale, contract decorating company supplier.

    Enforcement of CPSIA laws in 2009 changed the direction of Apple Imprints apparel with printing youth apparel. Embracing the new requirements, the next three years, Mary helped turn their 30000 sq foot facility into one of the number one referrals for silkscreen printed infant/youth apparel. Today Apple Imprints Apparel is well known throughout the industry as a trusted source for contract silkscreen printed apparel.

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). She brings her background in public relations and communications to driving member advocacy and communicating product safety issues. Prior to joining PPAI, she worked with Conner Peripherals, then a Fortune 500 manufacturer of data storage solutions, where she managed media relations, special events and creative services. She also managed corporate communications for a manufacturer of high-performance visual display equipment, and was a senior account executive for a public relations agency. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council.

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  • How to Use the PPAI Corporate Responsibility Website to Your Advantage

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 03/09/2016

    Are you overwhelmed by the volume of product safety information and unsure where to find information related to social and environmental responsibility? PPAI has the tools and resources you need to make sense of all the rules, regulations and expectations.

    Join Tim Brown for this session on how to use the PPAI Corporate Responsibility website. Are you overwhelmed by the volume of product safety information and unsure where to find information related to social and environmental responsibility? PPAI has the tools and resources you need to make sense of all the rules, regulations and expectations. We have developed materials that break down the complex regulations in manageable and understandable guides. This webinar will show you how to get the most out of PPAI's Corporate Responsibility website so that you can efficiently meet your obligations while staying focused on your day-to-day business. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Tim Brown, MAS

    Executive Director - Operations

    Tim Brown, MAS is the Executive Director - Operations at Quality Certification Alliance (QCA).

    Tim is the former product responsibility manager for PPAI. In 2013 he brought his background in supplier relations, sourcing, and vendor compliance to his role at PPAI with the intent of driving member advocacy and communicating the product responsibility subject throughout the industry. Brown worked at Cintas Promotional Products, as the supplier relationship manager where he implemented industry leading supplier management best practices. He has served on the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) Distributor Advocacy Council, as well as on the board of directors for Tri-State Promotional Products Association (TSPPA) as the 2012 president. He also served as a member of PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG). Because of his leading efforts in product safety and supply chain best practices, he was named one of the 2012 PPB Rising Stars.

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  • CAS: How To Read A Test Report

    Contains 5 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 07/16/2014

    Test reports and compliance certificates are as complex as they are necessary. Learn how to read and understand these essential documents. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Test reports andcompliance certificates are as complex as they are necessary. Learn how to readand understand these essential documents. This webinar will explain the difference between a good and bad test report. Participants will learn what to look for to confirm a valid test report and explain the red flags and other warnings that invalidate a compliance document. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.


    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is senior technical consultant at AsiaInspection. With over 30 years of experience, DeRagon is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods. She works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of regulatory compliance, product testing, quality control and assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    DeRagon is an active member of The Toy Association and ASTM International, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees. She is also a previous member of the Board of Directors for the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

    Haley Will

    Account Executive

    Haley Will is an Account Executive for UL Verification Services focusing primarily on the Premiums and Promotional Products industries. Haley supports new and existing UL clients by developing and enhancing their Quality Assurance Programs. Haley also manages UL's relationship with PPAI and serves as a proactive point of contact for members to provide technical expertise in areas of global compliance, industry standards and brand specifications. Previously, Haley worked in Client Services as a global account manager focusing on promotional products, toys and children's products. Responsibilities included daily management of domestic and global accounts, review of technical data and test results, and acting as the primary liaison between clients and labs. Haley has been with UL (formerly STR) since 2009 and holds a Bachelor's degree from Springfield College in Marketing and Business Management.

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  • Distributor - Supplier Communication With Compliance In Mind

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 05/26/2014

    We have a remarkable opportunity to demonstrate the value our supply chain creates. Virtually every leading industry company or salesperson will say that suppliers and distributors need to improve trust and transparency, and product safety is the platform on which we can build that trust. It's time to work together to walk the talk so that we can increase the value of every industry member and organization. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Jim Socci for this session on distributor and supplier communication best practices. We have a remarkable opportunity to demonstrate the value our supply chain creates. Virtually every leading industry company or salesperson will say that suppliers and distributors need to improve trust and transparency, and product safety is the platform on which we can build that trust. It's time to work together to walk the talk so that we can increase the value of every industry member and organization. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Tim Brown, MAS (Moderator)

    Executive Director - Operations

    Tim Brown, MAS is the Executive Director - Operations at Quality Certification Alliance (QCA).

    Tim is the former product responsibility manager for PPAI. In 2013 he brought his background in supplier relations, sourcing, and vendor compliance to his role at PPAI with the intent of driving member advocacy and communicating the product responsibility subject throughout the industry. Brown worked at Cintas Promotional Products, as the supplier relationship manager where he implemented industry leading supplier management best practices. He has served on the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) Distributor Advocacy Council, as well as on the board of directors for Tri-State Promotional Products Association (TSPPA) as the 2012 president. He also served as a member of PPAI's Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG). Because of his leading efforts in product safety and supply chain best practices, he was named one of the 2012 PPB Rising Stars.

    Jim Socci, CAS

    President

    Jim Socci is the President and owner of Artistic Toy in Allentown, PA. He joined the field of marketing after a career in finance and accounting. While working at PricewaterhouseCoopers auditing financial statements and earning his CPA; he learned how promotional products support a brand of professionals who are the best and brightest. After five years of public accounting, he moved into a corporate finance role at Penn Treaty Insurance Company. As Vice President of Finance he reined in budgets, prepared forecasts, and performed ROI calculations on marketing initiatives. After 3 years at Penn Treaty Jim decided to bring his lifelong entrepreneurial dreams into reality, so he purchased Artistic Toy, formerly Art's Toy. Jim has put Artistic Toy on a mission to help corporations build character that create lasting brand impressions. Jim has presented several educational webinars on strategies to increase sales, comply with product safety, and improve brand awareness. In 2007, he served on the PPAI International Committee. In 2008, Jim published the Artistic Toy Sales Playbook to introduce the branding strategy of Character Marketing™. In 2009, Jim developed the Interactive Toy ™ to turn stuffed toys into lead generation tools. In 2012, Jim was the recipient of PPAI's Boss of the Year Award. In 2013, Jim pioneered a distribution agreement with Aurora Gift to offer a new line of stuffed animals into the promotional products industry. In 2014, Jim became the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association board of directors.

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