Promotional Marketing Compliance and Social Responsibility
From internal production to sourcing over-seas products Garment Graphics, LLC believes that proper standards for quality, safety, fair labor and other standards should not be compromised over price. We are members of the Fair Labor Association and have adopted our industry's code of conduct - PPAI Code of Conduct. Our staff attends industry events and training to maintain the latest knowledge regarding safety and compliance. Suppliers that have adopted the Code of Conduct and/or are QCA certified (http://www.qcalliance.org/) can selected for our projects. Additional Standards we have adopted:
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) was passed by U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Bush on Aug. 14, 2008. CPSIA is designed to allow The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to better regulate the safety of children's products imported for sale in the U.S. CPSIA standards apply to a young audience of 12 years and under. Each child's product is reviewed, protocol established and tested by one of our independent testing lab partners to ensure the appropriate CPSIA standards are met.
CA Prop 65:
This California law that became effective in 1986. It restricts or prohibits items containing carcinogenic and reproductive harmful chemicals from entering the State of California. Supplier must offer testing and compliance protocols for CA Prop 65 upon request.
Social Compliance Audits:
Supplier must be partnered with a 3rd party independent audit firm that is capable of performing social compliance audits as required. A thorough audit assesses the following areas: child labor, forced labor, health/safety, freedom of association, discrimination, disciplinary procedures, conditions of the dormitory/canteen, hiring contracts in place, working hours, attendance records, wages, over time compensation, and social insurance system.
Supplier works with C-TPAT certified freight forwarders.
Generally this applies to drink ware and food serving containers. Supplier must have implemented the required FDA testing for these products and monitors continual compliance. All mugs, bottles, cups, plates, and food related products are tested to the applicable FDA food contact testing. The specific tests are based on the material or plastic resin code.
Bisphenol A (BPA):
Is a chemical most often used in plastics. We require source testing for BPA free drink ware and tableware.
Is a hazardous substance that is most commonly found in surface coatings and substrate materials. In the past it was used as a drying agent ingredient in many products and is a very common cause for product recalls. The regulation regarding lead is CFR 1303. The maximum permissible lead amount in most products is 90 PPM (parts per million). Lead testing is accomplished through lab testing by scraping off surface coatings (every color) from products. This includes logos applied with ink, tags with ink, and even clear lacquer coatings. Supplier required to tests every project for lead to ensure compliance with 16 CFR1303.
Currently there are no federal regulations for phthalates with respect to items for use by adults; however, they are banned in children's toys/child care articles. The CPSIA has set a maximum limit of 0.10%. Phthalates are referenced in section 108 of the CPSIA. We require tests for these in all children's products.