Product Safety Awareness Required Courses

These sessions are the three required courses for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. These webinars are complimentary for PPAI Members and PPAI Associates.

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  • Introduction to ASTM’s New Face Mask Standard

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/06/2021

    This webinar will explain the details of the new ASTM Standard for Barrier Face Coverings. For suppliers, it will provide a basis to decide whether or not to have their cloth face coverings tested to the new ASTM standard. For distributors, it will provide a basis to know if they should be seeking ASTM 3502-21 compliant face coverings for their customers, and what the ratings mean. Background As face coverings have become first-line protection for everyone since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, consumers have not had an objective, scientific and standard way to know how protective one type of face covering is versus another. During the past several months, a committee of mask and respirator experts has been collaborating with CDC experts to develop such a standard. Working within ASTM, the standards development organization, the committee published the first version of its standard on February 17. The standard is titled, ASTM F3502-21 Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings and is available at no charge during the pandemic from ASTM. This new standard establishes minimum care, design, labeling, and performance requirements for reusable barrier face coverings such as those sold in the promotional industry. Rick Brenner, MAS+, of Product Safety Advisors will moderate the webinar, which will be presented by Jeffrey Stull. Mr. Stull is a world-renown expert in respirators of all types. Stull has served as co-chair of the ASTM F23-65 committee that developed the standard.

    This webinar will explain the details of the new ASTM Standard for Barrier Face Coverings.  For suppliers, it will provide a basis to decide whether or not to have their cloth face coverings tested to the new ASTM standard.  For distributors, it will provide a basis to know if they should be seeking ASTM 3502-21 compliant face coverings for their customers, and what the ratings mean.

    Background
    As face coverings have become first-line protection for everyone since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, consumers have not had an objective, scientific and standard way to know how protective one type of face covering is versus another.   During the past several months, a committee of mask and respirator experts has been collaborating with CDC experts to develop such a standard.  Working within ASTM,  the standards development organization, the committee published the first version of its standard on February 17.   The standard is titled, ASTM F3502-21 Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings and is available at no charge during the pandemic from ASTM.  This new standard establishes minimum care, design, labeling, and performance requirements for reusable barrier face coverings such as those sold in the promotional industry.

    Rick Brenner, MAS+, of Product Safety Advisors will moderate the webinar, which will be presented by Jeffrey Stull.  Mr. Stull is a world-renown expert in respirators of all types.  Stull has served as co-chair of the ASTM F23-65 committee that developed the standard. 

    Alan Christopher

    Multi-Line Rep

    Alan Christopher, MAS, is a 30 year veteran of the promotional products industry. He has worked as a supplier sales manager managing multi-line reps, and is currently a multi-line rep based in Texas.

    He is a 6 time PPAI Speaker of the Year, a recipient of the Veteran Facilitator Award, PPB Multi-Line Rep of the Year, and was honored by PPAI in 2002 with the Distinguished Service Award. He has developed and taught over 40 classes in 7 different business categories over the years for PPAI as a speaker at Expo, several of the PPAI Management Seminars, and has spoken for many regional associations around the country. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Marketing with an emphasis on B2B2C Social Media, and is an on-line adjunct instructor in Marketing.

    Cliff Quicksell, MAS+

    Cliff Quicksell, Jr., MAS+ has been involved in the promotional marketing and sportswear industries for 32 years. During this time he has achieved the MAS+ certification and has been actively involved in PPAI as a volunteer. Cliff’s He has served five terms as the education chairperson for the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association and is the recpient of several PPAI Pyramid Awards and PPAI Ambassador Speaker of the Year Awards. Cliff consults for and directs the marketing efforts for distributor iPROMOTEu.

    Rick Brenner, MAS+ (Moderator)

    Rick Brenner is a president of Product Safety Advisors, a training and consulting firm dedicated to consumer product safety and regulatory compliance.   He spent 12 years as president and CEO of top 40 supplier Prime Line, was a founder and board member of QCA – the Quality Certification Alliance – and chaired QCA’s compliance committee for 7 years.  He is a past president of ICPHSO, the International Product Health and Safety Organization and for ten years he has co-chaired PPAI’s annual Product Responsibility Summit.   In January 2020, Brenner was honored with PPAI’s Distinguished Service Award.

    Jeffrey Stull

    International Personnel Protection, Inc.

    Jeffrey O. Stull is President of International Personnel Protection, Inc., which has
    provided expertise, research, and testing on the design, evaluation, selection, and use of
    personnel protective equipment (PPE) to end-users and manufacturers since 1993. He
    further has been instrumental in developing and promoting PPE standards for the
    improvements of PPE. He was one of the two Ebola grand challenge winners to develop
    PPE for West Africa in 2014. Mr. Stull has been very active in specific standards related
    to healthcare products including ASTM standards on medical gowns, medical face
    masks, and barrier face coverings as well as the NFPA 1999 standard on emergency
    medical protective clothing and equipment.

    Maurice Norris (Moderator)

    PPAI

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  • Canadian Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Package

    Contains 26 Product(s)

    In our Canadian CAS version, the U.S.-specific courses have been replaced with different content. Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. 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.

    Register for all your CAS required courses in one step.  You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package.

    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.

  • Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Package

    Contains 26 Product(s)

    Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. 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.

    Register for all your CAS required courses in one step.  You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package.

    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.

  • Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    Register for all your required courses here. You will have 1 year from the point of registration to complete the certification package. 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 earn your MAS please make sure you have completed the CAS Certification first.

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

    1. Have a current CAS Certification 
    2. 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
    3. Complete 35 MAS elective credits 
    4. Re-certification every three years (by earning 30 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 



  • Trained Advertising Specialist Package

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    Education program targeted towards promotional products professionals with less than three years of industry experience. This program will provide an overview of the promotional products industry and will provide a foundation for people working within the industry. Participants will earn the Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) certificate once the 5 sessions have been completed. The TAS Certificate is required prior to starting the Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Certification program.

    Education program targeted towards promotional products professionals with less than three years of industry experience. This program will provide an overview of the promotional products industry and will provide a foundation for people working within the industry. Participants will earn the Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) certificate once the 5 sessions have been completed. The TAS Certificate is required prior to starting the Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Certification program.  

  • CAS: A Tour Through The Global Cotton Supply Chain

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/16/2020

    Join this session to gain a detailed view into the global cotton supply chain. Mark Messura from Cotton Incorporated, a science-based not-for-profit, will take us through the cotton supply chain, from farming, to ginning, to manufacturing, and more. Along the way, he will discuss the top cotton producing countries in the world, the challenges to traceability, and clarify the facts about different production methods including GM, conventional, and organically-grown cotton. If you source, sell or manufacture cotton products, this webinar is for you. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Join this session to gain a detailed view into the global cotton supply chain. Mark Messura from Cotton Incorporated, a science-based not-for-profit, will take us through the cotton supply chain, from farming, to ginning, to manufacturing, and more. Along the way, he will discuss the top cotton producing countries in the world, the challenges to traceability, and clarify the facts about different production methods including GM, conventional, and organically-grown cotton. If you source, sell or manufacture cotton products, this webinar is for you. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Mark Messura

    Senior Vice President

    Mark Messura is Senior Vice President in the Global Supply Chain Marketing Division at Cotton Incorporated. In this role, Messura is responsible for the company’s global product marketing programs working with manufacturers, brands, and retailers worldwide on topics such as marketing strategy, product innovation, and sustainable supply chains. He is Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for the Textile Apparel, Technology and Management program at North Carolina State University, where he also serves as an adjunct associate professor. He is a member of the industry advisory boards at Washington State University and Mississippi State University. Messura joined Cotton Incorporated in 1994. Prior to that, he was the Director of Policy and Programs for the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, and Associate Director of the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology. Messura earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Policy Analysis from Duke University.

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • PPE Items and Prop 65 Considerations

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/28/2020

    Personal Protective Equipment are not exempt from Prop 65. ​This session with Sue DeRagon will discuss general test requirements for non-medical and medical face masks, gowns, gloves, and other equipment. Participants will also learn what may be applicable when it comes to children’s product requirements. This session qualifies as an elective course for the PPAI Product Safety Awareness initiative. ​

    Personal Protective Equipment are not exempt from Prop 65. This session with Sue DeRagon will discuss general test requirements for non-medical and medical face masks, gowns, gloves, and other equipment. Participants will also  learn what may be applicable when it comes to children’s product requirements. This session qualifies as an elective course for the PPAI Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is the Senior Technical Consultant for Qima. 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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    1 Point

    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • APPA Product Safety Basics Course

    Contains 10 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/01/2020

    This online course is comprised of three modules. Each has a recorded audio/video presentation, with accompanying notes and a short multiple-choice quiz. This is an introductory course, aimed at outlining key principles and processes to get APPA members up to speed, or to refresh existing knowledge. Information provided in accompanying notes allows members to learn more, at their own pace, as applicable to each business and product. It’s best to do the three modules in order.

    Please complete the Product Safety Awareness Package before completing the APPA Product Safety Basics Course.  This APPA online course is comprised of three modules. Each has a recorded audio/video presentation, with accompanying notes and a short multiple-choice quiz.This is an introductory course, aimed at outlining key principles and processes to get APPA members up to speed, or to refresh existing knowledge. Information provided in accompanying notes allows members to learn more, at their own pace, as applicable to each business and product. It’s best to do the three modules in order. This session qualifies as an elective for the PPAI Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Gail Greatorex

    Owner

    Gail has more than 30 years’ experience in consumer product safety. For 25 years she was with the ACCC’s product safety branch. In 2012 she started her own business, Product Safety Solutions, as a product safety consultant and advocate. Gail maintains a website that provides resources for all sectors, and actively posts on issues. Gail has been active in challenging issues such as button battery safety and furniture tip-overs, both as an advocate and as part of industry working groups to develop supplier guidelines. In 2018, Gail published a white paper (available on her website) on the growing challenges of product safety in today’s dynamic marketplace. 

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  • The Need To Know Info On Personal Protective Equipment

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/28/2020

    Authorities around the world have eased regulations to help supply match demand as typically it would take months for these products to enter the market. Please join this session with Matthew McGarrity to find out the need to know information when producing, buying or selling personal protective equipment.

    Authorities around the world have eased regulations to help supply match demand as typically it would take months for these products to enter the market. Please join this session with Matthew McGarrity to find out the need to know information when producing, buying or selling personal protective equipment.Medical devices are generally categorized in a risk-based classification system. PPE typically falls under Class 1 and Class 2, defined by a lower risk and simple design, and by medium risk and more complex design, respectively. Class 2 medical devices also have specialty regulatory controls. In the U.S., the FDA has dropped the 501(k) premarket notification, which requires that new medical devices in both categories demonstrate that they are cleared as “substantially equivalent” to a predicate device in terms of intended use, technological characteristics and performance testing, as needed.

     

    Matthew McGarrity

    Global Hardlines Technical Manager

    Matthew McGarrity is the Global Hardlines Technical Manager and is highly experienced in product conformity and interpretation of US Federal regulations, Canada, States and local government agencies requirements. Mr. McGarrity’s focus is on Medical PPE, Tools, Environmental Exposure, Accelerated Aging. As a senior technical manager of Hardlines, Matt designs and manages NBE (National Brand Equivalency) and benchmark testing programs. He is  knowledgeable with US Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), California Air Resource Board (CARB), CA Proposition 65, and Health Canada regulations (SORs) for safety and compliance for various consumer products and materials. In addition, Matthew is very familar with  ASTM, ANSI, UL, ASME, CSA, SAE, CSPA standards. Matthew created and revised testing protocols for numerous products relating to hard goods, packaging, materials, DIY, and tools (power and hand). Authored comprehensive client testing directives and manuals including, outdoor eating, outdoor cooking, outdoor power equipment, textiles, and furniture. Extremely knowledgeable in accelerated weathering methods and techniques. Expert in regulatory and performance requirements for furniture.  

    Maurice Norris

    Public Affairs Manager

    Maurice is the public affairs manager for PPAI. He monitors legislative and regulatory developments affecting the promotional products industry. Maurice also assists members with compliance challenges facing their businesses and helps them advocate for their companies with various aspects and levels of government. Maurice also serves on the board of the Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition.


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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

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    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • MAS: CPSC's New Age Determination Guidelines - How Do They Affect Your Product?

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/22/2020

    The long-awaited 2020 guidelines were published in January and go into effect on June 1, 2020. The scope of the 2020 Age Determination Guidelines has expanded beyond toys into a variety of consumer products that may be used by children. This webinar presented by Susan DeRagon will review the differences between the 2002 and 2020 guidelines and how these differences may affect your product. New products and New categories! Join us to learn more. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    The long-awaited 2020 guidelines were published in January and go into effect on June 1, 2020.  The scope of the 2020 Age Determination Guidelines has expanded beyond toys into a variety of consumer products that may be used by children.  This webinar presented by Susan DeRagon will review the differences between the 2002 and 2020 guidelines and how these differences may affect your product.  New products and New categories!  Join us to learn more. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is Senior Technical Consultant at QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection).  With over 30 years of experience, she is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods.  She has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars globally.  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.

    Ms. 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 member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and a previous member of the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

    Ms. DeRagon received a B.S degree in business administration from Bay Path College, Magna Cum Laude.


    Maurice Norris (Moderator)

    Public Affairs Manager

    Maurice is the public affairs manager for PPAI. He monitors legislative and regulatory developments affecting the promotional products industry. Maurice also assists members with compliance challenges facing their businesses and helps them advocate for their companies with various aspects and levels of government. Maurice also serves on the board of the Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition.

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    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.