Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Souvenir and Redemption Safety Update

Did you see the op-ed on toy safety in this morning's Wall Street Journal? It looks like the national media is catching on to what our industry has been talking about for months now: what is going to happen to all of the plush, toys, t-shirts, and other souvenirs that are commonplace at IAAPA member facilities come Feb. 10 when the CPSIA takes effect? Will members be able to absorb the financial loss? Will there be enough new supply on the marketplace to restock the shelves in our gift shops and redemption counters?

Safety is the number-one priority in the industry, but testing procedures outlined in the Consumer Product Safety Improvements Act are costly and time-consuming and of questionable necessity. For example, because some inks contain lead, children's books, or books sold in children's stores must be tested and certified to have legal amounts of lead.

On Friday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. EST, industry veterans Manny Grace and Tod Cole of The Walt Disney Company will lead a webinar about the new U.S. toy safety requirements and their impact on the attractions industry.

Participants will learn how to comply with these new requirements and specifics regarding lead content levels, phthalates, certification, and third-party testing. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers. If you have souvenirs or redemption prizes at your facility, or are selling these products to facilities in the U.S., you will not want to miss this event!

The webinar is free, but you must pre-register. For more information on the new requirements, please see our previous post on the CPSIA.

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