Take a look at these product safety tips provided by our friends at BIC Graphic!
US Product Safety laws can be very technical and complex. Several product categories have specific regulations due to the nature of the product’s usage or the materials. Knowing that your supplier has complied with all product safety laws gives you and your customer peace of mind. Here are some examples of major product safety regulations:
Most Promotional Products, such as Writing Instruments, Bags, Outdoor, Meeting, Awards, Fashion Accessories, Apparel, etc., need to be tested for lead (toxic), phthalates (hormone disruptor) and Physical Hazards (cut, pinch, tip over, collapse, choke, etc.)
Food & Drink Contact Items, such as Drinkware, Tableware and utensils, are tested for lead (toxic), cadmium (toxic), BPA (hormone disruptor), n-hexane (toxic), heptane (toxic) and other extractives (toxic).
Child Products (intended primarily for use by children 12 and under) must be tested for lead and other heavy metals (toxic), phthalates (hormone disruptors), physical hazards (choke, cut, pinch, eye irritation, noise, asphyxiation, etc.)
Electronics need to be tested for Fire and Shock Hazards, Mercury Content (toxic) and Emission of Frequencies (interference with other electronics).
There are many more standards that apply to specific products, but the above gives you a quick overview of the primary concerns of our industry today.
BIC Graphic has an extensive product testing process as well as a structured auditing approach their suppliers must comply with. This ensures that both the products BIC Graphic manufactures, as well as sources, are safe for your customers.
Product safety testing documentation is available on the Norwood by BIC Graphic website – (http://www.norwood.com/special/safetyreports/Safety+Search%99/) as well as testing specifically related to CPSIA regulations (http://www.norwood.com/special/cpsia/CPSIA/).