PRODUCT SAFETY & COMPLIANCE SEMINAR
Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM  

Long Beach Marriott | Long Beach, CA

Agenda

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8:15 – 9:00 AM
BREAKFAST & NETWORKING

9:00 – 9:15 AM
OPENING
Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
  • Looming China tariffs could indirectly impact your product safety efforts.
  • Changing relationship and finding new vendors, potentially in a hurry, while maintaining your company’s safety standards should remain a priority no matter what the political climate.
  • Will you be prepared to move sourcing while staying safe if push comes to shove? We’re here to help!
9:15 - 10:00 AM
KEYNOTE: THE CPSC TRAJECTORY  
Dana Baiocco, Commissioner, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
 
10:00 - 10:25 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

10:25 - 11:10 AM
HIDDEN HAZARDS: WHAT STANDARDS DON’T COVER 
  • Understanding reasonable use and misuse of products is pivotal during development.
  • A key element of avoiding recalls lays in understanding where hazards might be concealed, such as in the buttons that are exempt from small parts testing.
  • Even if products meet standards, they can still be dangerous.
  • This session will examine ways to determine how a product might be used.
11:10 - 11:55 AM
INTERNATIONAL HARMONIZATION 
  • The benefits of harmonization have the potential to streamline testing no matter what country you are selling in.
  • The flip side is how do you do it? It is costly, time consuming, not to mention staff limitations!
  • Harmonizing across continents could reduce redundancy and lead to safer products.
  • Hear about efforts being done to move toward harmonization.
11:55 AM - 1:00 PM
LUNCH AND NETWORKING

1:00 - 1:05 PM
WELCOME REMARKS

1:05 - 1:45 PM
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE  
  • Alternative assessments can help identify safer chemical alternatives for products.
  • Innovation while focusing on safety can happen and is possible for your company.
1:45 - 2:30 PM
CHEMICAL BREAKDOWNS
  • Formaldehyde, Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), Phthalates, flame retardants, Styrene - do these chemicals cause apprehension for your company?
  • There is a difference in risk level vs. hazard levels, but what does it all mean?
  • This session will help your journey from identifying a problem chemical to managing their swirling concerns.
2:30 - 2:55 PM
NETWORKING BREAK

2:55 - 3:35 PM
FIBERS, FABRICS, AND, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
  • New technology and fabrics require forward thinking strategy plans for compliance ahead of new regulations.
  • Do you wait for someone else to do it first, do the testing, before you jump on board?
  • Consenting to new technologies in products but allowing time to consider their safety is crucial to your company’s product safety quest.
3:35 - 4:25 PM
THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN STATES AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS
  • New regulations and updates to pending legislation will be covered in this can’t miss wrap-up session.
  • Essential Prop 65 updates, guidance, and examples will be discussed to help you with this blurry regulation.
4:25 - 4:30 PM
CLOSING REMARKS
Nate Herman
, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, AAFA

*Speakers/time subject to change

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