Overlooked Safety Issues with Promotional Products

Promotional Products Safety

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Of the many safety acts that must be followed to ensure the safety of promotional products, the one below was passed in 2008 and covers a variety of product safety concerns.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) – This act addresses many product safety aspects including the content of lead and phthalates, tracking labels, safety for infant/toddler specific products, third-party testing, and safety of toys for children. This act is extensive and it covers much more than the aforementioned.

You can follow this safety act to the letter of the law for your product and still cause harm. There is one, often overlooked aspect of promotional products safety that doesn’t necessarily come to the top of your mind when you think about product safety.

Before this overlooked area is mentioned, let me reveal this common scenario and those who have kids will likely relate.

It’s Christmas, so you decide to buy your 3-year-old son a cool toy that you just know he will love. He opens it up and quickly tosses the toy aside to play with the box the toy came in. This amuses him for hours on end. You could have saved yourself a lot of money and simply gotten him an empty box!

With that scenario, the toy could have passed every safety test known to man (and woman). However, what about the packaging? Was the packaging tested? Does the packaging contain heavy metals? To what toxins were the shipping boxes exposed while in the factory in China?

Many packaging options are plastic and can contain lead, phthalates, and other toxins that can be harmful to both adults and children.

When buying promotional products, make certain the products you are buying have been tested. Get the documentation of the third party testing that shows satisfactory results. But don’t just focus on the product itself. Find out about the product packaging and make sure it is safe and has also been tested.

For detailed information about packaging legislation, check out the Toxics in Packaging Fact Sheet.

If you don’http://perfectimprints.com/uploads/toxics-in-packaging-fact-sheet.pdft think product safety is a real issue, just take a look at the vast number of current Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) Product Recalls. Don’t let this happen to you! Always ask for testing.

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