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Looking Beyond the Regulation, Potential Safety Hazards

This webinar will provide guidance on how to look beyond the regulations to incorporate product safety in every product.
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Regulatory compliance does not necessarily mean that a product is safe.  Over half of all recalls are for products that comply with regulations but are found to present a hazard or risk of injury to consumers.  This webinar will provide guidance on how to look beyond the regulations to incorporate product safety in every product, from hazard identification and risk assessment to risk management techniques.  No product is without risk but there are ways to mitigate hazards and provide a product that is not only compliant but is also safe.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • How to identify potential hazards in products that comply with the regulations.
  • How to mitigate risks associated with potential hazards and consumer use and misuse.
  • Risk management techniques that may be used throughout the product life cycle.


Susan DeRagon
Senior Technical Consultant

Susan DeRagon is Senior Technical Consultant at QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection).  With over 30 years of experience, she is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods.  She has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars globally.  She works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of regulatory compliance, product testing, quality control and assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.Ms. DeRagon is an active member of The Toy Association and ASTM International, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees.  She is also a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and a previous member of the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization. Ms. DeRagon received a B.S degree in business administration from Bay Path College, Magna Cum Laude.


Kristen Kern
Government Relations Representative

As a Government Relations Representative, Kristen leads the AAFA Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. She also leads the AAFA Product Safety portfolio, collaborating with stakeholders to create best practices and regulation for safe, quality products for consumers. Kristen holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Design, and French, with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

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11/5/2019 2:00 PM - 11/5/2019 3:00 PM