Specific regulations apply to plush toys when being distributed into some states. Learn what your obligations are and what questions to ask related to federal regulations and specific state regulations.
Key Learning Objectives:
- Identify hazards with plush toys
- Regulations for tags and labeling
- What is considered plush
Tim Brown, MAS is the Product Responsibility Manager for Promotional Products Association International (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 product safety issues throughout the industry.
Prior to joining PPAI, 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 PPAIís Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG). Because of his leading efforts in product safety and supply chain best practices, Brown was named one of the 2012 PPB Rising Stars.
Haley Sprague (formerly 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 ULís 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 childrenís 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 Bachelorís degree from Springfield College in Marketing and Business Management.
Jennifer Buoniconti is a Client Service Supervisor for UL Consumer Products focusing primarily on the toy and childrenís products industry. Some of her responsibilities include management of domestic and global accounts, product evaluation and quoting, and review of technical data and results. Jennifer acts a technical expert and resource for clients and her team of Client Service Specialists answering technical questions and providing support and guidance through interpretation of standards, rules and regulations. Jennifer has been with UL (formerly STR) since 2008 and holds a Bachelorís degree from Keene State in Psychology.