Responsible Buying for Nonprofit Needs
Trust is a fine and valuable part of any nonprofit relationship, but when it comes to product safety, the old adage of "trust, but verify" has never been more applicable. A misstep on safety or compliance could potentially cost your organization thousands—if not much, much more—and untold brand damage, all over something you could have caught in the verification process had you known what to look or ask for.
To help you with product safety education for the apparel industry, below are some organizations, regulations and steps you can take to help make sure your products are compliant. It's by no means a complete list, but it's intended to help you either fine-tune your existing promotional products apparel business and/or help you get started utilizing safe, socially responsible and compliant apparel.
FEDERAL LAWS AND REGULATORY BODIES
The U.S. government plays a big part in product safety and regulation. Below are a handful of its organizations and laws that relate to apparel.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Founded in 1972, the CPSC is a federal organization that creates and enforces a number of product safety laws. It is not the sole source of product safety regulations—states and other government organizations also play a part—but it is one of the largest and most important.
"The Consumer Product Safety Commission unquestionably has the most impact in identifying, monitoring, educating, and, enforcing product safety," Cheron Coleman, director of corporate compliance and global sourcing for QCA-accredited company alphabroder, says. "The goal of the CPSC is 'to ensure that [the] public is protected against unreasonable risks of injury or death from consumer products.' The CPSC enforces the Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA), which regulates clothing flammability and a multitude of other safety issues including those addressed in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and the Federal Hazardous Substance Act (FHSA)."