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
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
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.