Product Safety

Penn Emblem Accepts Safety Award
March 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm

The Mira Loma Safety Committee from Philadelphia-based Penn Emblem Company accepted the Safety Achievement Award from Captive Resources LLC. An independent consulting company empowering businesses to control insurance costs, Captive Resources LLC has helped businesses improve safety and prevention loss practices for more than 30 years. This award signifies that Penn Emblem Company demonstrates an effective safety…

CPSC Approves Adult Apparel Enforcement Discretion to Reduce Paperwork
March 8, 2016 at 4:10 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it will not pursue compliance or enforcement actions against manufacturers, importers or private labelers of certain adult apparel that is determined exempt from testing under CPSC's flammability standard for not having a general conformity certificate. According to a press release, the CPSC approved the new policy on…

China's Hoverboard Sellers Form Trade Industry
March 7, 2016 at 4:25 pm

In response to the growing safety concerns surrounding the hoverboard industry, more than 100 Chinese companies in the industry have come together to form a trade association, the Hoverboard Industry Alliance, which held its second conference on March 3, according to Quartz. The group…

Video: PM News Top Headlines for February 2016
March 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

February 2016 was a pivotal time for news in the promotional products industry with everything from slave labor reform to BIC Group's CEO stepping down. Lucky for you, Promo Marketing has combed the top headlines to bring you a condensed version of the month's biggest stories. Stay updated on all the latest information with Promo Marketing…

H&M Gives 1M Euros in Prizes for Eco-friendly Ideas
February 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm

H&M is making an effort to create a more environmentally conscious apparel industry by rewarding startups with 1 million euros (approximately $1,102,695) in prize money for technological innovations that benefit the sustainable-apparel landscape. According to Fashion Times, the H&M Conscious Foundation—an independent organization to create positive change—hosted…

PPAI Announces PPAI Expo 2016 Attendance Numbers
February 24, 2016 at 7:06 pm

The Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Expo, held Jan. 10 to 14, brought more than 11,762 promotional professionals from 4,365 companies together to learn, network and engage at the five-day event in Las Vegas. The PPAI Expo featured more than 100 education and networking events, and 1,324 exhibiting supplier companies in 3,186 booths presenting hundreds of…

CPSC Rules All Available Hoverboards Unsafe, Amazon Pulls Them from Store
February 24, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Hoverboards quickly have become one of the most popular gifts, and seeing people glide across the sidewalk is no longer a novelty. However, numerous customers have reported issues, such as combustion, with their items. Now, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) have released…

Paul Bellantone on the Importance of Industry Legislative Action
February 22, 2016 at 8:16 pm

Earlier this month, Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of Irving, Texas-based Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), posted a statement regarding the announcement of the launch of a potential member-funded industry lobbying group. Today we spoke with Paul Bellantone about the industry's lobbying…

Apple Recalls Travel Adapters, Plugs
February 22, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Due to the risk of electric shock, Apple has recalled two-prong wall plug adapters for electrical outlets in Australia/New Zealand/Argentina, Brazil, Continental Europe and Korea, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The adapters can break a metal component in the adapter, which potentially can lead…

California Adds Aloe Vera to Proposition 65 List
February 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm

When we get sunburns, nothing soothes the pain like aloe vera. But, the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added a form of aloe vera to its list of potentially harmful substances under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of…