CPSIA: Hazard Identification
Recorded on June 26, 2013 (60 minutes)

Product safety is a challenging issue in the promotional products industry because the end use of the product is not always known at time of manufacture.  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.

Key Learning Objectives:
• Identifying Hazards
• Product Safety
• Compliance Standards
• Product responsibility resources
• Children's Products

Target Audience: Supplier, Distributor

Anne Lardner-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.

 

 

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.

 

Susan DeRagon is the Associate Director of the Toys and Premiums Group at UL-STR, formerly known as Specialized Technology Resources (STR). 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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