Benefits of Experienced Partner

Keith Scott's experience in the environmental analytical testing field for over 20 years is a tremendous asset to our team. His operational and oversight experience provide him a keen understanding of the importance of safety testing and compliance requirements. While many professionals in our industry find safety regulations difficult to understand due to the complexity around the language related to product testing, Keith "gets it". Below is a list of some, but not all, of the government agencies where Keith performed testing, generated reports and adhered to compliance regulations.

They are as follows:

  • EPA CLP (Contract Laboratory Program) for superfund sites
  • RCRA -  Resource Recovery and Reclamation Act (SW-846 methods)
  • SDWA – Safe Drinking Water Act (Series 500 methods)
  • 40 CFR – Code of  Federal Regulations (Protection of the Environment (600 series methods)
  • NCDENR – North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (State certification for test methods)
  • NRC – Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Ni-63 compliance)
  • NPDES – National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
  • ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials

With a better understanding of Keith's background, let’s get started.

Product safety and compliance became increasing important as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in 2008 aimed at improving the safety of products intended for use by children ages twelve and below.  This act made for sweeping changes in allowable chemical concentrations in mostly but not limited to plastic products.  California enacted Proposition 65 in 1986, leading the way for product safety.  Both of these pieces of legislation continue to change in an effort to promote an increase in safety for products used by US consumers.

Having extracted, analyzed and reported results for a vast number of the toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, included in these acts, from both drinking water, groundwater and soil samples, Keith has the knowledge to interpret the applicable compliance levels.  Phthalates (found in plastics) and lead seem to dominate the discussion forums related to evaluating the new level standards.  We all read and most of us rally around a cleaner safer environment; however, when conusmer make pruchases many don not stop to question if it complies with all the new safety standards?  In fact most consumers assume if it's being sold, it's safe.

When it comes to safety, inks, construction of products, raw materials used, printing processes and many other areas of the product selections need to be vetted before distributing a product. ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) and PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) provides us a host of suppliers to partner with for products, as a distributor we take those choices seriously and select partners that insure products have been third party tested and comply with all applicable laws. At Promotional Partners we work with suppliers that adhere to the highest safety and product standards in the industry. Be assured we can provide you safety and compliance documentation for projects when needed. We are thrilled to have our own safety professsional as part of our team!




Adopting a Code of Conduct for Business Practices

June 2013- Promotional Partners joins the growing list of industry suppliers and distributors committed to high standards for our industry, adopting this code in June 2013. According to PPAI, Promotional Products Association International, the Code of Conduct was adopted as “a tangible presentation of what you are doing to meet the expectations of the end buyer for product safety, social and environmental assurances. It is a statement of principles. It is what a supplier would hand to a distributor and what a distributor would hand to an end buyer when an end buyer expresses those expectations.” 

The Code Itself Reads:
Our Company believes we must not only meet the expectations of our customers and consumers, we must exceed those expectations. To that end, we have adopted standards for the safety, quality and integrity of our products and processes and we are committed to respecting the rights of individuals and protecting the environment. We are dedicated to complying with all applicable laws and to conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner.
Product Safety
We will comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding safety of products we sell. We will meet applicable recognized voluntary industry standards for our products and processes.
No Abuse Of Labor
We will not use any form of forced labor, including indentured, prison, bonded or slave labor. We will not use physical or verbal harassment or abuse to discipline employees.
No Child Labor
We will not use child labor. We will comply with all minimum age provisions of applicable laws and regulations.
Freedom Of Association
We respect the rights of employees to associate or organize without fear of reprisal or interference. If employees are represented by an organization recognized under law, we respect the right to bargain collectively.
No Discrimination
We will not discriminate in hiring and employment practices on the basis of age, nationality, race, religion, social status, ethnic origin, gender or disability.
Hours And Wages
We will comply with all applicable wage, work hours, hiring, benefits, and overtime laws and regulations.
In the absence of law in a particular location relating to product safety, labor, employment, environment or working conditions, the spirit and intent of these policies shall be met.
Workplace Conditions
We will provide a safe, healthy and secure workplace. We will abide by all applicable laws and regulations for safety and health. Proper sanitation, lighting, ventilation and fire safety protection will be provided.
We abide by all applicable environmental laws and regulations. We will manage our environmental footprint to minimize the adverse impact on the environment. We will manage our energy, water and waste systems for maximum efficiency and minimal adverse impact on the environment.
Subcontractors And Sources
We require all businesses that support our business as subcontractors, manufacturers or sources of goods to comply with all of the same policies stated in our Commitment to Ethical and Responsible Conduct Policy. All subcontractors and suppliers are required to comply with all applicable and national laws.

We expect those businesses to develop and implement internal business procedures to ensure compliance with our policy.