PPAI Reaches Out to Members Threatened By North Dakota Floods
The Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) is reminding its members that the Promotional Products Business Recovery Plan is available to companies who may be adversely affected by flooding in North Dakota. The plan was first established in 2005 to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Since then, it has been offered to members affected by floods in the Midwest and other hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.
The Business Recovery Plan provides for immediate assistance by determining what affected businesses need, and then collecting and distributing resources to help companies get back to daily operations as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Donations from fellow companies are an integral part of the recovery plan, and members who want to offer their assistance are encouraged to contact Anne Lardner, senior manager of public affairs at (972) 258-3041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PPAI Signs Petition To CPSC Requesting Emergency Stay Of Enforcement On Tracking Labels
Irving, Texas-based Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) announced the organization has joined the petition filed by the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) CPSC Coalition, dated March 25, 2009, asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for an emergency stay of enforcement on the tracking-label provision of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), until August 14, 2010.
Enacted in August 2008, the CPSIA makes significant changes to consumer product safety laws and gives the CPSC significant new responsibilities for ensuring the safety of consumer products.
“On behalf of PPAI, I joined the petition filed by the NAM CPSC Coalition in requesting a one-year emergency stay in the tracking label provision of the CPSIA,” said PPAI president and CEO Steve Slagle. “We are gravely concerned that there remains insufficient time prior to the current August 14, 2009 implementation date to finalize, publish and adopt new tracking systems and marks,” Slagle continued. “Additionally, we specifically call on the CPSC to identify those situations where it is not practical to affix tracking labels, particularly on very small products such as lapel pins, key chains and pens.”
Slagle concluded, “By adopting a stay of enforcement, the CPSC will allow businesses to adhere to the tracking-label requirements, revamp packaging during normal production runs and develop electronic databases without a disruption of business practices.”